Remicourt Aerodrome

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Remicourt Aerodrome
Part of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)
Located near: Remicourt, France
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Lieutenant William Portwood Erwin, 1st Aero Squadron, being congratulated by Captain A. J. Coyle, Commander, First Army Observation Group on achieving air ace status, October 1918
Remicourt Aerodrome is located in France
Remicourt Aerodrome
Remicourt Aerodrome
Coordinates 48°57′03″N 004°50′57″E / 48.95083°N 4.84917°E / 48.95083; 4.84917Coordinates: 48°57′03″N 004°50′57″E / 48.95083°N 4.84917°E / 48.95083; 4.84917
Type Combat Airfield
Site information
Controlled by US Army Air Roundel.svg  Air Service, United States Army
Condition Agricultural area
Site history
Built 1918
In use 1918–1919
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World War I
Garrison information
Garrison I Corps Observation Group
United States First Army Air Service

Remicourt Aerodrome was a temporary World War I airfield in France. It was located 1.2 miles (1.9 km) West of Remicourt[1], in the Marne department in north-eastern France.


The airfield was built during the late summer of 1918, perhaps initially for the French air service, as "Noirlieu" airfield, and used by two of its "escadrilles" in July-September. Before any American squadron flew in, the VII Corps Observation Group set up its headquarters on the airfield, where it stayed until 23 November. On 20 September 1918, I Corps Observation Group arrived at the airfield, with HQ and its three squadrons; 1st, 12th and 50th Aero Squadrons, ready to support the Meuse-Argonne Offensive with reconnaissance and battlefield observation missions in which its Salmson 2A2 aircraft were in much demand, with aerial photography, observer notes and artillery adjustments over the front. The group moved to Julvecourt Aerodrome on 5 November in order to operate closer to the fast moving front lines, towards north and east.

After VII Corps Observation Group's HQ had left, the airfield was turned over to the French Air Service and soon returned to agricultural use. Today it is a series of cultivated fields located west of Remicourt . The airfield was located to the north of the Départmental 54 (D54), with no indications of its wartime use.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ Two French "escadrilles" were stationed at a "Noirlieu" airfield - 4 km west of Remicourt, in July - September 1918, which might be the same airfield as the later American one, half way between the two villages... In 1935, the French Armée de l'Air set up an operational airfield in "Remicourt", this time probably just south of the village, as some clues show on later aerial pictures
  • Series "D", Volume 2, Squadron histories,. Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917–1919, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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