A report on Metz-Frescaty Air Base

Socata TBM 700 high performance single engine turboprop utility aircraft
Y-34 Metz Airfield facilities during the winter of 1944/1945
Destroyed P-47 Thunderbolts due to the attack by the Luftwaffe, 1 January 1945

Front-line French Air Force Armée de l'Air (ALA) base.

- Metz-Frescaty Air Base
Socata TBM 700 high performance single engine turboprop utility aircraft

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Photo of the runway at Advanced Landing Ground A-43 (St Marceau, France) being constructed by IX Engineering Command, August 1944

Advanced Landing Ground

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Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) were temporary advance airfields constructed by the Allies during World War II during the liberation of Europe.

Advanced Landing Grounds (ALGs) were temporary advance airfields constructed by the Allies during World War II during the liberation of Europe.

Photo of the runway at Advanced Landing Ground A-43 (St Marceau, France) being constructed by IX Engineering Command, August 1944
A USAAF Engineer clearing out the wreckage of a destroyed Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft at an ALG, with a Lockheed P-38 Lightning flying overhead on landing approach
IX Engineering Command putting down a Pierced Steel Planking (PSP) Runway at an Advanced Landing Ground under construction
A Spitfire Mark IX of No. 443 Squadron RCAF taxies to dispersal at B-2 Bazenville, alongside a field where French farmers are gathering in the wheat

Y-34 Metz, France

French Air and Space Force

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Air and space force of the French Armed Forces.

Air and space force of the French Armed Forces.

"Company of aviators", September 1914, by Jules Gervais-Courtellemont
French aircraft during World War I, flying over German held territory (1915)
Nieuport-Delage NiD.29 C.1 fighter used in the early post-WWI period.
Dewoitine D.510 monoplane fighters from the mid-1930s
A North American T-28 Trojan, used against guerrillas during the Algerian War
Mirage IIIC of EC 2/10 "Seine" pictured in 1980 armed with a Matra R.530
A 1986 view of a Mirage F1 from the Escadron de Chasse 2/30 Normandie-Niemen and another from the Escadron de Chasse 3/30 Lorraine, both armed with Matra R.530 missiles. Squadron insignias are visible on the two aircraft.
Mirage 2000 in flight
Logo between 1989 and 2010
Logo between 2010 and 2020
Général d'armée aérienne André Lanata, former chief of staff of the French Air Force
Air bases in Metropolitan France
A French Air and Space Force Dassault Rafale B at RIAT in 2009
Crotale missile-launchers of the Air Defense Ground-to-Air Squadron of the French Air and Space Force
Orange-Caritat Air Base
Brétigny-sur-Orge Air Base
Fusiliers Commandos de l'Air at the opening of a war memorial
Side cap of the French Air and Space Force personnel
Students of the École de l'air (Air School) during the military parade of July 14th in 2007 on the Champs-Élysées
Mirage 2000C
Mirage 2000D
Rafale C
E-3F Sentry
Transall C-160R
A400M
A330 MRTT
C-130J
C-135FR

Doullens Air Base (BA 922) was a former command and reporting centre; Toulouse - Francazal Air Base (BA 101), was closed on 1 September 2009; Colmar-Meyenheim Air Base (BA 132) was closed on 16 June 2010; Metz-Frescaty Air Base (BA 128) was closed on 30 June 2011; Brétigny-sur-Orge Air Base (BA 217), closed 26 June 2012; Cambrai - Épinoy Air Base (BA 103), was closed on 28 June 2012; Reims – Champagne Air Base (June 2012); Drachenbronn Air Base (BA 901) closed on 17 July 2015; Dijon Air Base (BA 102), was vacated on 30 June 2016; Creil Air Base (BA 110) vacated on 31 August 2016; and Taverny Air Base (DA 921), the former Strategic Air Forces Command headquarters.

Transall C160 Gabriel, 2007

Escadron électronique aéroporté 1/54 Dunkerque

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Electronic warfare unit of the French Air and Space Force equipped with the Transall C-160G "Gabriel"s and Beechcraft King Air 350ER "Vader"s.

Electronic warfare unit of the French Air and Space Force equipped with the Transall C-160G "Gabriel"s and Beechcraft King Air 350ER "Vader"s.

Transall C160 Gabriel, 2007

It was stationed at Metz-Frescaty Air Base (BA 128) until it was transférred to Évreux-Fauville Air Base (BA 105).

A Fw 190D-9 of 10./JG 54 Grünherz, (pilot Leutnant Theo Nibel), downed by a partridge which flew into the nose radiator near Brussels on 1 January 1945.

Operation Bodenplatte

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Attempt by the Luftwaffe to cripple Allied air forces in the Low Countries during the Second World War.

Attempt by the Luftwaffe to cripple Allied air forces in the Low Countries during the Second World War.

A Fw 190D-9 of 10./JG 54 Grünherz, (pilot Leutnant Theo Nibel), downed by a partridge which flew into the nose radiator near Brussels on 1 January 1945.
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A shot down by a fighter of the USAAF XXIX Tactical Air Command in 1944 or 1945. German losses were very heavy by late 1944.
Destroyed P-47s at Y-34 Metz-Frescaty airfield.
Kurt Tank and Major Günther Specht (left) inspecting the rudder of his Bf 109. Specht's loss was a bitter blow for JG 11.
Fire crews attempt to save an Avro Lancaster from burning at Melsbroek, Belgium. This aircraft had landed at Melsbroek with the number 3 (starboard inner) engine out of action, its propeller feathered.

Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53) was tasked with the operation against the USAAF airfield at Metz-Frescaty Air Base.

MQ-9 Reaper

132nd Wing

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United States Air Force unit assigned to the Iowa Air National Guard and located at Des Moines Air National Guard Base, Iowa.

United States Air Force unit assigned to the Iowa Air National Guard and located at Des Moines Air National Guard Base, Iowa.

MQ-9 Reaper
Republic P-47D-28-RA Thunderbolt, AAF Ser. No. 42-28932 of the 388th Fighter Squadron.
132nd Fighter Wing formation in the 1940s
124th TFS Republic F-84F-25-RE Thunderstreak, AF Ser. No. 51-1655, about 1970
124th TFS North American F-100F-10-NA Super Sabre, AF Ser. No. 56-3880, 1975
124th TFS Ling-Temco-Vought A-7K Corsair II, AF Ser. No. 81-0077, about 1987
Airmen of the Iowa Air National Guard's 132nd Wing board a C-17 Globemaster III as part of contingency operation in the summer of 2021.
Legacy 365th Fighter Group emblem

Metz Airfield (Y-34), France, 27 December 1944

An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle takes off from the Portland Air National Guard Base 2 October 2010.

142nd Fighter Wing

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Unit of the Oregon Air National Guard, stationed at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon.

Unit of the Oregon Air National Guard, stationed at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon.

An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle takes off from the Portland Air National Guard Base 2 October 2010.
Tech from 142nd Fighter Wing working on a communications tower
Republic P-47D-28-RE Thunderbolt, AAF Ser. No. 44-200284, of the 404th Fighter Squadron (photo taken at Fürth/Industrieflughafen, Germany.)
A two-seat McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
Legacy 142nd Air Defense Wing Emblem

Metz Airfield (Y-34), France, 15 February 1945

Emblem of the 406th Air Expeditionary Group

406th Air Expeditionary Group

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Operational flying component of the 406th Air Expeditionary Wing.

Operational flying component of the 406th Air Expeditionary Wing.

Emblem of the 406th Air Expeditionary Group
Emblem of the World War II 406th Fighter Group
Republic P-47D Thunderbolts including P-47D-28-RA 42-28887 L3-G of the 512th Fighter Squadron, 406th Fighter Group at Y-29 in Asch, Belgium in April 1945
North American F-86D-45-NA Sabre Serial 52-4063 of the 513th Fighter Interceptor Squadron

Metz Airfield (Y-34), France, 2 February 1945

Group C-130 operating in Southwest Asia

136th Operations Group

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Component of the 136th Airlift Wing of the Texas Air National Guard.

Component of the 136th Airlift Wing of the Texas Air National Guard.

Group C-130 operating in Southwest Asia
P-47 Thunderbolt of the 397th Fighter Squadron on an escort mission over the German Alps
111th Fighter Squadron F-51D
Group F-84E in Korea
181st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron F-86Ds
181st Air Refueling Squadron KC-97L Stratofreighter

Metz Airfield (Y-34), France, 5 January 1945