One of the first bases in Normandy, (A-3) with fighter-bombers operating from it on D + 8. Prior to this invasion-construction, the 816th spent 18 months in England building heavy-bomber bases and training. After Normandy came Le Mans, Cormielles (Oui, Paree), Belgium, Luxembourg and then Germany where eight S and E strips were completed in three days.
Aviation Engineers in Mobile Warfare
- 368th Fighter Group History & Timeline – The 816th EAB built A-3, the first airfield used by the 368th F/G in France.
- U.S. Army. 816th Engineer Bn. 816th Engineer Aviation Battalion Passes in Review. Munich, Germany: F. Bruckmann, 1945. 176 p. #502-816.1945.