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Airfield sites in France to visit

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Snapper41
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Hello all

 

Are there any particular airfield sites to visit in France? I know about St Omer, but am wondering if there are any other locations, particularly with memorials or plaques?

 

thanks

 

Snapper

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Grid
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Have a look at Mike O'Connor's series on Airfields and Airmen published by Pen and Sword. I visited a number of airfield sites in 2019 for a recent project. Of course most of these are simply farms today. Of the memorials you could visit the Arras Flying Services Memorial as a starting point: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arras_Flying_Services_Memorial

Best, Adam 

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MrSwan

My brother is an aviation buff so when I took him on a tour of the Flanders battlefields he asked to visit Abeele airfield, near Poperinghe. As might be expected it is a series of fields, and there is a military cemetery there, with 104 casualties from April 1918 onwards (no RFC). My brother found it very evocative, but I'm afraid it didn't do very much for me.

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AOK4
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There's some panels in and around Cappy, where Manfred von Richthofen was stationed when he was killed. And I am working with some local enthousiasts at Markebeke airfield (where MvR was stationed in 1917) to have some panels placed in the foreseeable future and some bunker remains cleaned up.

 

The airfield of Bisseghem (1916-1918) was in the 1920s changed into Wevelgem airfield and remains in use until today. There's a small museum at the airfield about its history (in a German WW2 bunker).

 

Jan

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Alan Bentley

Cross & Cockade Spring 2020 Vol51/1 has a map of flying sites in France Belgium &Germany 1914 - 1920.

 

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