Saint André de l’ Eure airfield

Saint André de l’ Eure airfield

Located at the gates of Normandy, the choice of the aerodrome of St André de l'Eure allows closeness to the local population, but also to be accessibility to a wider audience, from the Paris region and beyond, or visitors on their way to the beaches.

Old runways and taxiways, remnants of WWII, provide a large capacity for our event. The many historical remains give even a high memory value to the airfield.

The airfield of St Andé of the Eure, in 1944 and 2019
The airfield of St André de l'Eure, in 1944 and 2019

The historical importance of the airfield of St André de l’ Eure

The St André de l'Eure airfield already existed before WWII, but it's then that the two 1600 m concrete runways were built by the Germans. It was used in particular by the Von Richthoffen Squadron.

HE-111 St-Andre to the Eure
HE-111 at St André to l’Eure
JU-188 St André of the Eure in 1944
JU-188 St André de l'Eure in 1944

Flying Ace and hero of the Free French, Pierre Clostermann recounts one of his missions on this airfield in his famous book "the Big Show'.

Chapter devoted to an operation on the airfield of St André of the Eure, in the great circus of Pierre ClostermannChapter devoted to an operation on the airfield of St André of the Eure, in the great circus of Pierre Clostermann

Chapter devoted to an operation on the airfield of St André de l'Eure, in the 'Big Show' by Pierre Clostermann

Major theatre of the battle of Normandy, the airfield received many bombing before being finally liberated by Patton's army on the 23rd August 1944.
June 12th, 1944 bombing
June 12th, 1944 bombing
June 12th, 1944 bombing
June 12th, 1944 bombing
Commemorative plaque at the airfield of St André of the Eure
Memorial plaque at the St André de l'Eure airfield

It then became "Allied base B24" following its liberation during the battle of Normandy. The airfield housed a large number of DC3 (Dakota for the British and C-47 to the Americans), hundreds of L-Birds and gliders.

The airfield of St André of the Eure in 1944
The airfield of St André de l'Eure in 1944
The airfield of St André of the Eure in 1944
The airfield of St André de l'Eure in 1944
The airfield of St André of the Eure in 1944
The airfield of St André de l'Eure in 1944
The airfield of St André of the Eure in 1944
The airfield of St André de l'Eure in 1944
The airfield of St André of the Eure in 1944
The airfield of St André de l'Eure in 1944