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Coordinates: 49°22′46″N 1°24′01″W / 49.3794°N 1.4002°W / 49.3794; -1.4002Coordinates: 49°22′46″N 1°24′01″W / 49.3794°N 1.4002°W / 49.3794; -1.4002{{#coordinates:49.3794|-1.4002|type:city(1995)_region:FR|||||| |primary |name= }}</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Country</th><td> France</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Region</th><td> Lower Normandy</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Department</th><td> Manche</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Arrondissement</th><td> Cherbourg-Octeville</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Canton</th><td> Sainte-Mère-Église</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Intercommunality</th><td> Sainte-Mère-Église</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th colspan="2" style="text-align:center;text-align:left">Government</th></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Mayor (2008–2014) </th><td> Philippe Catherine</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Area1</th><td> 19.10 km2 (7.37 sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Population (2006)2</th><td> 1,995</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Density</th><td> 100/km2 (270/sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">INSEE/Postal code</th><td class="adr"> 50400 / 50360</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Elevation</th><td> Script error: No such module "convert".
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Picauville is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France. The inhabitants are called Picauvillais.

Heraldry

Picauville
The church of Saint-Candide
The church of Saint-Candide
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The arms of Picauville are blazoned :
Or, a crown of thorns sable between 3 mallets vert, and on a chief gules a leopard Or.



World War II

Picauville was one of the first towns liberated by Allied forces following the Normandy landings in early June 1944; German General Wilhelm Falley was killed there by an American paratrooper shortly after the invasion began. Engineers of the Ninth Air Force IX Engineering Command began construction of a combat Advanced Landing Ground to the northwest of the town. Declared operational on 26 June, the airfield was designated as "A-8", it was used by the 405th Fighter Group which flew P-47 Thunderbolts until mid-September when the unit moved to St. Dizier, near Nancy.[1] Afterward, the airfield was closed. [2][3] A cairn marking the location of the airfield is on the east side of the D69, 2.3 km outside of Picauville on the way to Gourbesville (50°44'12.20"N, 1°44'10.18"W).[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ Nolte, Reginald G. Thunder Monsters Over Europe: A History of the 405th Fighter Group in World War II, Sunflower University Press, 1986, ISBN 0-89745-075-2.
  2. ^ Johnson, David C. U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, 1988.
  3. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  4. ^ http://www.normandie44lamemoire.com/versionanglaise/fichesvillesus/picauvilleus2.html retrieved January 18, 2010, and Google Earth.

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