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Meucon Airport



Meucon Airport
IATA: VNE – ICAO: LFRV – LID:

Meucon
Airport
Meucon
Airport (France)
Summary
Airport type Public
Location Meucon, France
Elevation AMSL 440 ft / 134 m
Coordinates 47°43′10″N 002°43′24″W / 47.71944°N 2.72333°W / 47.71944; -2.72333
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 5020 1530 Asphalt
08/26 3363 1025 Grass
worldaerodata.com Meucon

Vannes-Meucon Airport is a regional airport in France (IATA: VNE, ICAO: LFRV). It supports general aviation with no commercial airline service scheduled.

Meucon Airport

Meucon Airport
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History

Vannes airport was a civil airport built prior to World War II.

German use during World War II

Seized by the Germans in June 1940 during the Battle of France, Meucon airport was used as a Luftwaffe military airfield during the occupation. Known units assigned (all from Luftlotte 3, Fliegerkorps IV):

  • Kampfgruppe 100 (KG 100) 9 August 1940-17 June 1941 Heinkel He 111H (Fuselage Code 6N+)
  • Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53) 8 June-13 August 1941 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1
  • Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG 51) Oct 1941-January 1942 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-1
  • Jagdgeschwader 2 (JG 2)22 November 1942-October 1943 Focke-Wulf Fw 190A

KG 100 took part in operations over England during the Battle of Britain (10 July–31 October 1940) JG 53, JG 51 and JG 2 were interceptor units against Allied bomber operations over Occupied Europe

Vannes was attacked on several missions by United States Army Air Force Eighth Air Force bombers during 1943.

Allied use

The airport was liberated by Allied ground forces about 10 August 1944 during the Northern France Campaign. Almost immediately, the USAAF IX Engineering Command 850th Engineer Aviation Battalion cleared the airport of mines and destroyed Luftwaffe aircraft. Runway bomb craters were filled with gravel or various types of debris and covered by Tarmac. Subsequently, Vannes/Meucon Airport became a USAAF Ninth Air Force combat airfield, designated as "A-33" about 29 August.

As the airport was in the rear area when repaired and opened, the Americans used it as a defensive field, stationing the 425th Night Fighter Squadron, flying P-61 Black Widows from 18 August though 11 September 1944 flying night air defense missions. Once the Luftwaffe threat was diminished in the area, the night fighters were moved east and it became a resupply and evacuation airfield for casualties to be treated, prior to being moved to England or the United States.

Current

The airport was returned to French civil control after the war ended on 20 June 1945. The heavily-damaged airport required much reconstruction, and the main runway was refurbished and repaved with asphalt. Today it remains a regional civil airport. The former secondary (13/31) runway is now a concrete parking apron and still shows some asphalt patches applied over wartime bomb craters left by the Eighth Air Force. A grass runway (08/26) is of postwar vintage.



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General Info
Country France
ICAO ID LFRV
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 47.723303
47° 43' 23.89" N
Longitude -2.718561
002° 43' 06.82" W
Elevation 440 feet
134 meters
Magnetic Variation 002° W (01/06)
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Near City Vannes
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October


Communications
VANNES TWR 122.6


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
04/22 5020 x 148 feet
1530 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - YES
08/26 3363 x 197 feet
1025 x 60 meters
GRASS OR EARTH NOT GRADED OR ROLLED. - NO


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)


Remarks
CSTMS/IMG Avbl SR-SS O/R. PPR 24 hr.
FUEL Avbl 0830-1630Z++ Mon-Fri, extn possible PPR 48 hr, Oct 1 - Feb 28. 0730-1730Z++Mon-Fri; 0830-1030Z++, 1330-1730Z++ Sat, Sun and hol, 1 Mar -30 Sep. (NC-100LL, A1)
OPR HOURS Opr 0730-1800Z++ Mon-Fri; 0800-1100Z++, 1300-1800Z++ Sat, Sun and hol. (0630-1930Z++ Mon-Fri; 0800-1100Z++, 1300-1900Z++ Sat, Sun and hol. 1 Apr - 31 Oct )
RSTD NORDO proh.



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