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bluesman69uk
03-01-2004, 08:56 AM
Was just curious to find out how quickly did the Allies use airfields in Northern france after D- Day?

With there not being much resistance from the Luftwaffe were a lot of there former bases utilised?

Anyone recommend any good books on the subject?

Cheers

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bluesman69uk
03-01-2004, 08:56 AM
Was just curious to find out how quickly did the Allies use airfields in Northern france after D- Day?

With there not being much resistance from the Luftwaffe were a lot of there former bases utilised?

Anyone recommend any good books on the subject?

Cheers

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Oso2323
03-01-2004, 12:16 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by bluesman69uk:
Was just curious to find out how quickly did the Allies use airfields in Northern france after D- Day?

With there not being much resistance from the Luftwaffe were a lot of there former bases utilised?

Anyone recommend any good books on the subject?
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On p. 225 of Wing Leader, Johnnie Johnson relates to how he moved to the first airfield available in France on June 8th - and how the Luftwaffe bombed him that night.

Pierre Closterman (The Big Show) also describes his experiences in Normandy. He had to move airfields several times because of German bombings & shelling.

It seems that there was a fair amount of resistance by the LW, just not in broad daylight.

namhee2
03-01-2004, 12:59 PM
the first ELS 1(Emergency Landing Stripss) open the 6 June late afternoon near Pouppeville Omaha Beach sector.

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