Cherbourg – Maupertus Airport or Aeroport de Cherbourg – Maupertus (IATA: CER, ICAO: LFRC) is an airport located 11 km east of Cherbourg-Octeville, between Maupertus-sur-Mer and Gonneville. These are all communes of the Manche departement in the Basse-Normandie region of France. It provides tourist and corporate flights and has a wealth of experience welcoming passengers to a friendly and professional environment.
The airport is 12 mn from Cherbourg via the D901
It has one runway, Runway 10/28. It is 2440 metres long and is covered in asphalt. There are six bays, numbered N1 to N6. There are currently no scheduled flights operating to or from the airport. Until early 2008 there was one scheduled flight a day from Paris to Jersey via Cherbourg although this has now been withdrawn.
Charter flights occasionally operate to and from the airport.
No scheduled commercial air service at this time.
The airport was originally built by the United States Army Air Force during World War II shortly after the D-Day Normandy Invasion as a temporary airfield between 24 July and 17 August 1944. The airfield was constructed by the IX Engineer Command, 850th Engineer Aviation Battalion and 877th Airborne Engineer Aviation Battalion.
Known as Advanced Landing Ground “A-15”, the airfield consisted of a 6000′ (1800m) Pierced Steel Planking (PSP) runway aligned 11/29. A secondary PSP 5000′ (1500m) runway was also laid down aligned 17/35. In addition, tents were used for billeting and also for support facilities an access road was built to the existing road infrastructure a dump for supplies, ammunition, and gasoline drums, along with a drinkable water and minimal electrical grid for communications and station lighting.
The 363d Fighter Group, based P-38 Lightning fighters at Maupertus from 9 July through August 1944. They were replaced on 22 August by the B-26 Marauder-equipped 387th Bombardment Group until 18 September 1944. In addition to the bombers, Maupertus was used as an air defense field by the 422d Night Fighter Squadron, flying P-61 Black Widow interceptors until the end of August 1944.
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