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1019 Reconnaissance crew members are listed bellow in alphabetical order.

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Name
Rank
Unit
Post
Informations
Civil-statut
Photo
Indiv. Card
Citations
LA-BAS Marcelin
Sub-Lieutenant
GAO I/589
Pilot
       
LABBE DE-LA GENARDIERE Etienne - Edgard
Commander
Commander of group
Former officer cadet at the Ecole Militaire Spéciale de Saint-Cyr: "Mangin" class (1929 - 1931)
After the war, General Labbé de La Génardière commanded the operational air groups of the Eastern Sahara at Ouargla, then the Western Sahara at Colomb-Béchar between October 1956 and June 1958.
Subsequently, from 1960, he commanded the Sahara Specialised Air Units Group.
Born 15 February 1910, Autun (71 - Saône et Loire))
Died February 17th 1985 at Saint-Mandé (94 - Val de Marne)
     
LABOURDETTE Abel - Alexis
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
May 13, 1940, Bloch MB174 No.11 is shot down by 3 Me109. The crew is killed.
Born on 24 February 1908 at Estos (64 - Pyrénées-Atlantiques)
Killed on 13 May 1940 at Nicey (55 - Meuse)
LACAILLE Pierre Gaston
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner�
On September 9, 1939, his aircraft, a Bloch MB131, badly damaged during an air combat with 6 ME109, manages to reach his airfield, but crashes on landing: Staff-Sergeant LACAILLE is wounded.
Born January 22, 1912 in Nanterre (75 - Paris)
Died in deportation to Buchenwald
LACORDAIRE
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
         
LAEMMEL Hippolyte - Louis
Lieutenant
Observer
Gravely burned on October 16, 1939 aboard the Potez 637 No. 17 hit hard by the flak
Born: April 8, 1910
Died June 19, 1987, Saverne (67 - Bas-Rhin)
LAFOND Gilbert
Sub-Lieutenant
GAO 511
Observer
       
LAFRANCE Paul
Lieutenant
Observer
Born in Paris (75) on 12 February 1904
Died at Lunel (34 - Hérault) on 19 December 1997
     
LAGACHE   Observer          
LAGARDE René - Louis
Chief Warrant Officer
Observer
On September 26, 1939, the Potez 637 No.46 is shot down by German Fighters and the Flak. Chief Warrant Officer LAGARDE parachutes, but too low and kills himself when he gets to the ground.
Born on 26 July 1901 at Saint-Gratien Savigny (58 - Nièvre)
Killed on 26 September 1939 at Sigmaringen)
LAHAYE Marie
Sub-Lieutenant
GAO 515
   
LAINEY Paul
Captain

Pilot

Staff 2nd Sqn.

On May 12, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No. 444, was shot down by German Fighters. Captain LAINEY, wounded, is taken prisoner.
 
LAINS Jacques
Sub-Lieutenant
GAO I/520
Observer
       
LALVEE
Sub-Lieutenant
GAO 553
Pilot
Wounded and taken prisoner on October 6, 1939
   
LAMBERT
Lieutenant
GAO II/508
Pilot
Wounded, in aerial combat on September 27, 1939
   
LAMBERT
Lieutenant
GAO 553
Killed, in aerial combat on September 28, 1939
   
LAMEY
Commander
GAO 547
Commander of Group GR I/14
   
LAMY François - Xavier
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On May 12, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.317 was assaulted by 9 Me109 and crashed to the ground before igniting. The crew is injured.
Born on 9 July 1914 in Saint-Laurent en Grandvaux (39 - Jura)
Died in Nice (06 - Alpes-Maritimes) on 2 February 1998
LANDRY Jean-Marie
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
   
LANEUZE Pierre - Maurice
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On April 20, 1940, his aircraft, the Bloch MB174 No.31 is shot down by German Fighters. The crew is killed
Born on 25 April 1915 at Saint-Yrieux (16 - Charente)
Killed on 20 April 1940 at Turquestein Blancrupt (57 - Moselle)
LANEYRIE
Lieutenant
GAO 515
   
LANGLOIS
Chief Warrant Officer
GAO I-551
 
   
LANVARIO Jean - Joachim
Sergeant
Pilot
After the war, in 1956, he became a test pilot with Nord Aviation and was involved in the development of the Nord 2506 and Nord 2508.
In 1963, as Chief Test Pilot, he made the first flight of the C-160 Transall.
Born in Crest (26 - Drôme) on 5 December 1918
Died February 6th 1906 at Cannes (06 - Alpes-Maritimes)
 
LAPADU-HARGUES Bernard
Lieutenant
GAO 553
Observer
   
LAPANNE Pierre - Gaston
Lieutenant
Pilot
Born in Saint-Max (54 - Meurthe et Moselle) on 13 April 1905
Died at Nancy (54 - Meurthe et Moselle) on 16 December 1996
   
LARDENNOIS
Lieutenant
GAO 547
Pilot
   
LARMIER Lucien
Captain
Observer
On May 10, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.202, severely damaged by the Flak, managed to reach the Gubelange field. The Captain LARMIER, accidentally ejected from the aircraft, parachutes and is taken prisoner when arriving on the ground,
Born in Neuvelle-lès-Champlitte (70 - Saône) on 18 August 1904
Died 8 January 1987 at la Teste-De-Buch (33 - Gironde)
 
LARPENT Serge - Louis
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Leaves the Group GAO 544 to join the GR I/35 on March 25, 1940.
His aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.620, was shot down during an air fight against 3 Me109 on June 4, 1940. Sub Lieutenant LARPENT was killed.
Born on 17 April 1918 at Salbris (41 - Loir-et-Cher)
Died at Auger Saint Vincent (60 - Oise) on 04 June 1940
LAUGEROTTE
Sergeant
Pilot
Confirmed presence in the Group from May 1940 to August 1941.
       
LAURENT
Sergeant
GAO I/514
Machine-Gunner
   
LAURENT Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
GAO I/520
Observer
   
LAURENT Pierre - Louis
Captain
Chef de Bord
On November 22, 1939, Bloch 131 No.122 was shot down by Morane MS406 from GC II/2. Captain LAURENT is killed.
Born on 22 January 1905 at Nantes (44 - Loire-Atlantique)
Killed on 22 November 1939 at Versigny (02 - Aisne)
 
LAUX François
Captain
Pilot

On April 16, 1940, his Aircraft, Bloch MB174 n°16 was destroyed in a fight with the opponent at 2 Me109. The Aircraft crashes to the ground and ignites. Captain LAUX, badly wounded and burned, is the only survivor.

With the rank of Colonel, he was deputy to the general commanding the 3rd Air Region.

Born on 4 September 1900 at Longeville en Barrois (55 - Meuse)
Died at Longeville en Barrois on 15 January 1970
 
LAYAHE
Sergeant
GAO I/520
Pilot
   
LAYEC Gilbert - Marie
Lieutenant
Pilot

- On March 16, 1940, the Potez 637 is hit by the flak during a low-altitude mission. The Lieutenant LAYEC being wounded, it is the Observer who thanks to the double-commands, succeeds to return and to land without encumbrance on his ground.
- June 15, 1940, his camera, a Bloch MB 174 is damaged by the Flak, but he manages to bring it back to the ground. Lieutenant LAYEC is unharmed.

He was killed on 20 October 1943 in England during a training flight while serving with the FAFL in RAF Fighter Group Alsace - 341.

Born on 20 June 1915 in Saint-Gildas de Rhuys (56 - Morbihan)
Killed on 23 October 1943 at Perramporth (England)
LE-BAIL Jean-Baptiste - Yves
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
- On November 7, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No31, attacked by 9 Me109 must land on his belly. The Chief Warrant Officer LE BAIL is unscathed
- May 14, 1940, returning from a mission, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No684 spin and crashes on landing: the crew is killed.
Born 06 October 1907 at Alençon (61 - Orne)
Killed at Vassincourt (55 - Meuse) on 14 May 1940
LEBEL Henri
Lieutenant
GAO I/551
Observer
Killed, in aerial combat on May 15, 1940
   
LE-BLEVENNEC
Sub-lieutenant
GAO 543
Observer
       
LE-BRAS
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 12, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No720, damaged in air combat, crashes on landing. The crew is unscathed
   
LEBRUN Jean
Lieutenant
Pilot
Commander of 1st squadron of Group GR I/55
 
LEBRUN Maurice
Lieutenant
Observer
Born March 27, 1910 in Paris
Died August 17, 2006 at Valençay (36 - Indre)
   
LEBRUN Raymond
Lieutenant
Observer
     
LECHEVREL Maurice - Marcel
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
- On October 30, 1939, during a night reconnaissance mission, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11, hit by enemy fire, must land in open country but ends his race in a pylon: the crew is unscathed
- On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 258 was shot down in aerial combat. The crew is killed.
Born on 01 November 1916 at Domfront (61 - Orne)
Killed on 15 May 1940 at Sauville (08 - Ardennes)
LECLERC
Lieutenant
Observer
Cavalry Lieutenant detached to the GAO III/551
       
LECLERE Jean
Commander
GAO 512
Pilot
Killed, in aerial combat on May 26, 1940
   
LECOMTE
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
   
LECORRE
Sergeant
GAO 546
Wounded, in aerial combat on June 9, 1940
   
LE-COSSEC Yves - Joseph
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 14, 1940, returning from a mission, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No684 spin and crashes on landing: the crew is killed
Born on 30 October 1910 in Plobannalec-Lesconil (29 - Finistère)
Killed on 14 May 1940 at Vassincourt (55 - Meuse)
 
LEFEBVRE André - Adolphe
Lieutenant
Observer
Born in Douai (59 - Nord) on 6 April 1907
Died at Libourne (33 - Gironde) on 26 October 1974
LEFEBVRE Geoffroy
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 9, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.198 was severely hit several times by the flak and crashed on landing on Buc's ground. Sergeant LEFEVRE is unscathed.
 
LEGENDRE
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Joined the Group on June 1, 1940 with Bloch MB174 No.13
   
LE-GOASGUEN Raymond
Lieutenant
GAO I/508
Observer
Killed, in aerial combat on May 18, 1940
   
LEGRAND
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
On May 25, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 350 is hit by the Flak and must land in the countryside where he is burned by the crew. Unwilling, Chief Warrant Officer LEGRAND will be taken prisoner.
 
LE-GROIGNEC Jacques - Etienne
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot

Potez 63-11 n° 501 : On 21 June 1940, before the Armistice, the crew attempted to cross the Mediterranean, but an oil leak forced them to land in Majorca, Spain. The crew was taken prisoner and the aircraft was refurbished under Spanish colours.

Jacques LE GROIGNEC joined the FAFL and became a fighter pilot. He commanded a fighter squadron in Alsace and Germany.

After the war, he pursued a busy military career in the French air force, being appointed Air Division General in 1968, then Air Corps General in 1970.

Jacques Le Groignec is a Commander of the Legion of Honour, holder of the Second World War Cross and the Aeronautics Medal.

Born on 12 October 1918 in Nouméa (New Caledonia)
Died on 22 January 2009
 
LEHOUX
Lieutenant
Commander of the 4th Squadron of the GR II/55
   
LELEU Gilbert
Lieutenant
GAO I/506
Pilot
Killed, in aerial combat on September 10, 1939
 
 
LEMAIRE Louis
Staff-Sergeant
GAO II/520
Observer
Killed by accident on December 22, 1939
   
LE-MOAL
Staff-Sergeant
Radio - Machine-Gunner
     
LEMOINE Georges - Emile - Marie
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
- January 13, 1940, the Chief Warrant Officer LEMOINE is forced to evacuate in flight his aircraft, a bloch MB131 caught in the mist.Il will be injured during the jump.
- On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 258 was shot down in aerial combat. The crew is killed.
Born on 18 July 1908 at Rennes (35 - Ille et Vilaine)
Killed on 15 May 1940 at Sanville (08 - Ardennes)
LENCLUD
Lieutenant
GAO I/551
Observer
   
LENOIR André
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 24, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No607 was shot down by the Flak. The crew is killed.
Born on 13 June 1908
Killed on 24 May 1940 at Les Attaques (62 - Pas De Calais)
LEON
Aspirant
Observer
On October 17, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 390 No. 88 is destroyed on landing: the crew is unscathed
   
LEONARD André - René
Captain
Observer
On 21 September 1939, despite being protected by Morane 406s, his aircraft, Potez 39 no. 50, was shot down by enemy fighters. Unhurt, Staff Sergeant Claude ACHAINTRE managed to land the aircraft in the field, but Captain André LEONARD was killed by German fighters during the battle.
Born on 1st April 1909 at Sézanne (51 - Marne)
Killed on 21 September 1939 in Gersheim (Germany)
 
LEPLAN
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On September 20, 1939, his aircraft, Potez 637 No. 25 was destroyed by the Flak on September 20, 1939. Sergeant LEPLAN, wounded is taken prisoner.
   
LEQUEU
Lieutenant
GAO II/508
Observer
   
LEROY
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Wounded on September 17, 1939 aboard Bloch MB131 No. 86. This one, attacked by 5 Me109 lands in flame and finishes his race in the trees.
   
LE-SAOUT Henri - François
Adjutant
Pilot
- On October 3, 1939, Potez 637 No.39 was badly damaged by the Flak during a low-altitude mission. The Pilot managed to join the French lines, but crashed on landing. The crew is unscathed.
- December 21, 1939, the Potez 637 No.41 is shot down by German Fighters and crushes on the ground. The crew is killed
Born on 1 May 1910 in Brest (29 - Finistère)
Killed on 21 December 1939 at Barembach (67 - Bas-Rhin)
 
LESCHI
Commander
GAO I/514
   
LESCUYER Jean
Lieutenant
GAO II/508
Observer
Wounded, in aerial combat on June 5, 1940
   
LEVAILLANT
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
   
LEVASSEUR Claude
Sub-Lieutenant
GAO 547
Observer
Killed, in aerial combat on May 14, 1940
   
LEVESQUE
Commander
GAO I/508
   
LEVY Clément - Nahman
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On June 17, 1940, the Potez 63-11 n° 454 hit by the flak crashes close to a motorized German column: the LEVY Sub-Lieutenant is killed.
Born on 2 August 1915 in Safad (Palestine)
Killed on 17 June 1940
LEVY Marcel
Aspirant
Pilot

Before the war, Marcel LEVY owned the fashion shop "Le Petit Paris" in Tours.

He was sent for training in the winter of '39 and only returned on June 10, 1940, unable to take part in the fighting.

He was killed on August 15, 1944 in Algeria while serving with GB 2/63.

Born November 30, 1917 at Koenigsmacker (57 - Moselle)
Killed August 15, 1944 at Misserghin (Algeria)
     
LEYGNAC Louis - Jean
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Killed aboard the Potez 63-11 No. 297 shot by German Fighters May 13, 1940.
Born on 24 February 1914 in Seilhac (19 - Corrèze)
Killed on 13 May 1940 at Aarschot (Belgium)
LEYNAUD Georges
Staff-Sergeant
GAO 518
Pilot
Killed, in aerial combat on June 15, 1940
   
LHERITIER
Captain
Commander of Group
   
LHOSTE Bernard
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Wounded on June 5, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.365 shot down by 7 Me109.
 
LICITRI Christian
Sergeant
GAO 512
Machine-Gunner
Killed, in aerial combat on May 26, 1940
   
LIEB Georges
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.389 was shot down by 7 Me109. The Pilot manages to put his aircraft in the open countryside. Lieutenant LIEB is seriously injured.
 
LIEBERT
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
On May 20, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 440 was shot down during a fight against him at 6 Me109. Chief Warrant Officer LIEBERT, seriously injured, is taken prisoner.
   
LODS
Adjudant
Machine-Gunner
         
LOMBARD Louis
Sergeant
GAO I/551
Machine-Gunner
Wounded and taken prisoner on May 15, 1940
   
LORY Denis
Lieutenant
On October 11, 1939, his Bloch 131 crashes on landing: Lieutenant LORY is wounded
Born on 25 September 1916 in Saint-Germain Des Bois (71 - Haute-Saône)
Died in Paris (75) on 4 December 2002
 
LOUCHARD Marius
Captain
Pilot
The Potez 63-11 No.173, damaged by the Flak during his mission May 14, 1940, crashed on landing on his land. Captain LOUCHARD is killed.
Born on 30 December 1905 at Mont-de-Marsan (40 - Landes)
Killed on 14 May 1940 at Neufchâteau (88 - Vosges)
LOUIS
Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 20, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 440 was shot down during a fight against him at 6 Me109. Lieutenant LOUIS, wounded, is taken prisoner.
   
LOUSSALEZ
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
On November 22, 1939, Bloch 131 No.122 was shot down by Morane MS406 from GC II/2. Chief Warrant Officer LOUSSALEZ is injured.
   
LUCAS René
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 1, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.320 is shot down by the Flak and must land in the countryside. Staff-Sergeant LUCAS, wounded, is taken prisoner.
   
LUCAS Pierre - Théodore
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 27, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 623, damaged by the flak, was finally shot down by 7 Me109. Staff Sergeant LUCAS is Killed.
Born on 30 October 1908 at Lorient (56 - Morbihan)
Killed on 27 May 1940 at Chaussoy-Espagny (80 - Somme)
LUCQUES
Commander
Staff Group
   
LUSSIER Roger - Jean
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
He was killed on May 18,1942 at El-Aouina, Algeria
Born on 14 June 1913 in La Rochelle (17 - Charente-Maritime)
Killed on 18 May 1942 at El Aouina (Algeria)
   
LUTHEREAU Alphonse
Lieutenant
on August 26, 1939
Observer
Observer detached to the Group on August 26, 1939..
   
LUX Jean
Chief Warrant Officer
GAO 552
Pilot
Killed, in aerial combat on May 13, 1940
   
LYON
Captain
Staff 3rd Squ.
   
LYONNAT
Lieutenant
Observer