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No 5357 ACW laying a 5000ft wire mesh runway near Lingevres.<br />
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A fascinating new book reveals how countless allied airfield's sprang up across the Normandy battlefields post D-day, and were a key element in defeating the Nazi war machine.<br />
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Without a public enquiry or impact statement in sight the Allies constructed paved airstrips as fast as they could to allow the RAF's fighters and bombers to operate in close support of the ground troops.<br />
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Amazingly these bases were thrown up in days and would then sometimes be abandoned just weeks later as the front crept eastward towards Germany.<br />
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Today hardly any mark has been left in the landscape to show where they were briefly situated during 1944.