Heroes: the Army
"...designated E-1 which was operative on the 8th of June and from which the first allied planes landed and took of since the fall of France..."
R. J. Rice
- Branch of Service: Army
- Unit: 834th Engineer Battalion (Aviation)
- Dates: January 1942 - September 1945
- Location: European Theater
- Rank: PFC
- Birth Year: 1922
- Entered Service: Unstated
R. J. Rice
834 Engineer Battalion (Aviation)
European Theater of Operations
Served January 1942 through September 1945
ETO Overseas from August 6, 1942 until September 1945
The 834th. was sent to England in 1942 to build an air base for the 9th Air Force. This took 18 months at which time we went into training for the invasion of France. Forward units were scheduled to land on Omaha Beach at H-Hour + 4 hours but due to heavy fire which damaged our landing craft we laid over until the next day. At that time, after recon, we found a site where we built an emergency landing strip, later designated E-1 which was operative on the 8th of June and from which the first allied planes landed and took of since the fall of France.
Original Story submitted on 30 November 2001.
Story added to website on 1 January 2002.
September 5, 2002.
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