Church of Angoville-Au-Plain, Angoville-Au-Plain

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This is a 12th Century church in the tiny hamlet of Angoville-au-Plain.

This church has huge significance. It was in this church that two American Medics, Bob Wright and Ken Moore, who were with the 501st set up an aid station after landing in Normandy. Wright and Moore treated an estimated 82 men, including several Germans, in this church, and a wounded child.

The area was unsecured for many hours and German patrols entered the church on at least two occasions, and Wright and Moore ordered them to leave their guns outside or to leave the church. Incredibly, the Germans did. Eventually, the area was secured and many of the wounded were evacuated, but two died in the church. Two days after D-Day, while medics were treating men, they heard a creak. A hidden door opened up and out came two German soldiers who'd been hiding in the church. They surrendered.
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  • Only stumbled upon this church by accident, lots of history and stories from ww2 in the church and how it was used as a first aid post during the war. Stained glass window with the 101 airborne eagle ...  more »
  • Our guide took us here and shared the fantastic story of two medics turning this tiny church into a hospital for both Allied and German wounded. We never would have known to go and we’re so inspired b...  more »
  • Interesting historic place. With the information displays outside it gives a good idea of what took place. Only thing I find a bit unrespectfull is the fact that inside the church they are selling cards of the blood stained church bench, like this is some sort of highlight. Facts do not have to be erased but to my opinion it shouldn't be commercialized.
  • This was a touching stop on the Band of Brothers tour with Overlord Tours. Two medics set up an aid station in this small church where they treated American and German casualties alike on/around D-Day. At one point a local French child was also brought in, also injured. The medics provided care to the child but then had to accompany their units and the child's care was turned over to others. The boy lived and was reunited with one of the medics decades later. There is a small monument to the two medics on the side of the road. I've included photos showing the monument, one showing a hole in the roof where a mortar shell fell, and another photo of a cracked floor stone. The story as it was relayed to us, is that this is where the mortar shell hit, but failed to detonate. On the day we visited there were several jeeps lining the road, and twelve to fifteen people outfitted in US Airborne uniforms and equipment. They were also visiting the church and memorial.
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