Étretat in Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France
Nungesser and Coli's 1927 Flight
This monument, dedicated to the memory of Nungesser and Coli, heroes of the war of 1914-1918, and intended to recall that their “White Bird” left the soil of France for the first transatlantic aerial crossing at Étretat on 8 May 1927, was destroyed in 1942 by the German army of occupation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Air & Space. A significant historical date for this entry is May 8, 1927.
Location. 49° 42.667′ N, 0° 12.45′ E. Marker is in Étretat, Normandie (Normandy), in Seine-Maritime. Marker is on Avenue Damilaville, on the right when traveling west. Marker is accessible via a path leading up a cliff, the Falaise Amont, at the northeast end of the beach at Étretat, France. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 Avenue Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Étretat (approx. 0.4 kilometers away).
Regarding Nungesser and Coli's 1927 Flight. This marker is placed on the coast just northeast of Étretat, France, at the spot where pioneering aviators Charles Nungesser and François Coli were last seen from French soil on May 8, 1927, as they headed out to sea in their attempt to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight. The pair disappeared and their fate is considered one of aviation’s greatest unsolved mysteries.
Two weeks later Charles Lindbergh made his successful non-stop flight from New York’s Long Island to Paris.
The Nungesser and Coli monument on the cliff at Étretat includes the marker, a monumental “flèche” [“arrow”] pointing to the sky, and a stone outline of their biplane, known as the “L’Oiseau Blanc” [“The White Bird”].
The spectacular cliff called Falaise Amont, immediately northeast of Étretat, is home to both the Nungesser and Coli monument and also a small church called Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Garde.
The original Nungesser and Coli marker and monument at this spot were partially destroyed during World War II. The present marker and monument were
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Also see . . .
1. Nungesser on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA.)
2. Coli on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA.)
3. The White Bird (biplane) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA. This page has been viewed 2,364 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 4, 2010, by Donald Olson of San Marcos, Texas, USA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.