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Group of Bombardment of Assault GBA II/54

3rd Squadron (SAL 1)
4th Squadron (SAL 259)


Historical

On October 16, 1939, the GB II / 54 joined on the airfield of Salon-En-Provence, GBA I / 54, the only Air Force Assault Bomber Group, and became the GBA II / 54 . He perceives on November 5, 1939, his first Breguet 691.

On December 4 GBA II / 54 is attached to the 6th Assault Bombardment Brigade.

On April 15, 1940, the GBA II / 54 received its first Breguet 693 and was attached to the Group n°. 18 of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).

At the Armistice, GBA II / 54 is on the Mont-de-Marsan field. Learning that this field will be in the occupied zone, Lieutenant-Colonel Demery orders the Group 18 to join the field of Toulouse without taking into account the conditions of Armistice.

Only GBA I / 54 and GBA I / 51 are authorized by the Germans and the GBA II / 54 group is dissolved on August 9, 1940.


Staff

Commanders of the group GBA II/54
Commander HEUZEEL
October 8, 1939
 
Commander GRENET
October 9, 1939
May 18, 1940
 
Captain LACAT Roget
May 19, 1940
July 1, 1940
 
Commander of the 3rd Squadron
Captain JEUNET Marc
June 1st, 1938
June 5, 1940
 
Lieutenant DEVIN Camille
June 6, 1940
August 9, 1940
 
Commander of the 4th Squadron
Lieutenant BOUVRESSE
December 15, 1940
 
Lieutenant DUPUY
December 16, 1939
June 9, 1940
 
Lieutenant DE-BEARN Albert
June 10, 1940
August 9, 1940
 
Other Members of the Military Staff
Captain BONNIGAL
Administrative Section Commander
   
Lieutenant MONIOT
Night Officer
   

 


Pilots

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
ADDES André
Machine-Gunner
       
BADEL
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
- May 25, 1940, Breguet 693 n°13 is shot down by 4 Me109. Staff Sergeant BADEL is injured.
- The Breguet 693 n°1013 was damaged by German Fighters on June 6, 1940, but managed to regain his land. Staff Sergeant BADEL is injured.
     
BEAUD Gaston
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
On June 9, 1940, Breguet 693 n°. 58 was shot down by the Flak on June 9, 1940: the crew was killed.
   
BILLON-DU-PLAN
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
The 691 Breguet 691 was destroyed at takeoff on June 17, 1940. Sub-Lieutenant BILLON-DU-PLAN is unscathed.
     
BONNET Yves
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Machine-Gunner
     
BOUVERET Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 n ° 28 is literally cut in two by the Flak on May 18, 1940. The Staff-Sergeant BOUVERET parachute and is made prisoner
   
BOUVRESSE
Lieutenant
Cder 4th Sqn.
     
BRUNET Raymond
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
 - On December 3, 1939, a Potez 633 was destroyed on landing by hitting a tree. The crew is injured.
- June 5, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°. 5 is shot down by 4 Me109. Sub-Lieutenant BRUNET parachutes himself, but his parachute does not open. He is killed when he arrives on the ground.
   
CASSAGNOU
Captain
Pilot
The 699 Breguet 691 was destroyed on takeoff on June 17, 1940. The Captain CASSAGNOU was wounded
     
CHEMINEAU Georges
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°20 was destroyed by the Flak on May 16, 1940. The crew was killed.
   
COIFFARD Jean
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
On June 7, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°1011 was damaged by the Flak, but managed to land on a plot of Saint andré de l'Eure. Adjutant COIFFARD is seriously injured.
 
COSSERAN Bertrand
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
       
DE-BEARN Albert
Lieutenant
Cder 4th Sqn.
Pilot
4th Sqn.
The Breguet 693 n°33 was hit by the Flak on May 18, 1940, but managed to return to the field. Lieutenant DE-BEARN is unscathed.
   
DE-DAMPIERRE Audoin
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
The Breguet 695 n°7 was accidentally destroyed on landing on June 15, 1940: Sub-Lieutenant DAMPIERRE was killed.
   
DE-LA-PORTE-DU-THEIL Michel
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
Joined GBA II/54 in mid-November 1939 from GBA I/54.
- On 12 May 1940, Breguet 693 No. 34 was severely hit by Flak. The pilot, Staff Sergeant FOURDINIER, managed to land in a castastrophe but Second Lieutenant DE-LA-PORTE-DU-THEIL, trapped in the aircraft, died of burns.
   
DELPORTE
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 n°46 was shot down by the Flak on June 9, 1940. The crew, unscathed, burned the aircraft before leaving it on the spot.
     
DEVIN Camille
Sub-Lieutenant
Cder 3rd Sqn.
Pilot
3rd Sqn.
On June 7, 1940, Breguet 693 n°33 was shot down by German Fighters. The unharmed crew parachutes.
   
DUCAS
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 n°32 is shot down by 3 Me109 on June 5, 1940, it crashes on the ground. The crew is seriously injured.
     
DUPUY Jean
Lieutenant
Cder 2nd Sqn.
Pilot
On June 9, 1940, Breguet 693 n°58 was shot down by the Flak on June 9, 1940: the crew was killed.
   
FOURDINIER Edouard
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Born in Inxent in the canton of Etaples. Patented as a tourist pilot in 1936, he joined the school of Istres in September 1937 and was certified as a military pilot in 1938. Assigned to the 4th Squadron of the GBA II/54 in September 1938.
- On May 12, 1940, Breguet 693 No. 34 was severely hit by Flak. Staff Sergeant FOURDINIER managed to land in a castastrophe but Second Lieutenant DE-LA-PORTE-DU-THEIL, trapped in the aircraft, died of burns. Staff Sergeant FOURDINIER was wounded.
 
GIARD Paul
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On May 16, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°30 was shot down by the Flak. The crew is taken prisoner.
   
GIRARD Maurice
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
The Breguet 693 n°70 was damaged by the Flak on June 9, 1940, and crashed to the ground: the crew was wounded ..
   
GIRIER
Général
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 n°3 is accidentally destroyed on landing on June 7, 1940, on the return of a test flight: General GIRIER is wounded in both legs.
     
GRENET Pierre
Commander
Cder of Group
Pilot
The Breguet 693 n°28 is literally cut in two by the Flak on May 18, 1940. Commander GRENET, boss of the GBA II / 54 is killed.
   
GUICHON Claude
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Breguet 693 n°20 was destroyed by the Flak on May 16, 1940. The crew was killed.
   
HEUZEEL
Commander
Cder of Group
     
JEUNET Marc
Captain
Cder 3rd Sqn.
Pilot
3rd Sqn.
Born in Rully in Saone et Loire.
- The Breguet 693 n°32 is shot down by 3 Me109 on June 5, 1940, it crashes on the ground. The crew is seriously injured.
 
LACAT Roger
Captain
Cder of Group
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 695 n°7 was accidentally destroyed on landing on June 15, 1940. Captain LACAT is wounded
   
LAMI René
Sergeant
Pilot
Born in Paimboeuf in loire Atlantique. Patented as a tourist pilot in 1937, he gave up his studies at the Arts et Métiers to join the Air Force in April 1938. He was trained at the flying school of Angers and Istres before joining the GBA II/54 after the declaration of War.
- On 16 May 1940, Breguet 693 No. 30 was shot down by Flak. The crew was taken prisoner.
 
LAMOUR
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
4th Sqn.
The Breguet 693 n°33 was hit by the Flak on May 18, 1940, but managed to return to the field. Sergeant LAMOUR was injured.
 
 
LEBERT
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
3rd Sqn.
On June 7, 1940, Breguet 693 n°33 was shot down by German Fighters. The unharmed crew parachutes.
     
LEGRAND Pierre
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
  - May 31, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°35 is shot down by 6 Me109. Sub-Lieutenant LEGRAND is unharmed.
- June 7, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°1 is shot down by 12 Me109 ... The crew is killed.
   
LELONG André
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 n°92 is shot down by 2 Me109 on June 9, 1940. Staff Sergeant LELONG is killed.
   
LEVEQUE Pierre
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Pilot
     
MATUCHET Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 5, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°5 was shot down by 4 Me109. Staff Sergeant MATUCHET is killed.
   
MAYADOUX Albert
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
The Breguet 693 n°92 is shot down by 2 Me109 on June 9, 1940. Sub-Lieutenant MAYADOUX is injured.
   
MERCEUR Jean
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
     
MITON André
Adjutant
Pilot
Born in Pougny in the Nièvre. Patented pilot in 1937.
- On 25 May 1940, the Breguet 693 No. 13 was shot down by 4 Me109. Warrant Officer MITTON was unharmed.
- On 6 June 1940, the Breguet 693 n° 29 was shot down by 4 Me109. The crew was seriously wounded. Taken prisoner on a hospital bed in Rennes, he escaped to rejoin his Group and joined the FFL.
 
MORIN
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
   
 
PERROT-DE-THANNBERG Guy
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
3rd Sqn.
Born in Paris. Military pilot scholarship at the Ecole d'Angers in March 1934.
- The Breguet 693 n°1013 was damaged by German Fighters on June 6, 1940, but managed to regain his ground Staff-Sergeant DE-THANNBERG is unscathed
- June 7, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°1011 is damaged by the Flak, but managed to land on a piece of land in Saint André de l'Eure, and the Staff Sergeant DE-THANNBERG was unscathed.
- The Breguet 693 n°46 was shot down by the Flak on June 9, 1940. The crew, unscathed, burned the aircraft before leaving it on the spot.
   
PLESSIEZ
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 n°70 was damaged by the Flak on June 9, 1940, and crashed to the ground: the crew was wounded ..
     
POILBOUT
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
On May 31, 1940, Breguet 693 n°35 was shot down by 6 Me109. The Chief Warrant Officer POILBOUT parachutes himself and is taken prisoner.
     
RENAULT Guy
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 n°54 crashes on June 7, 1940 after being attacked by 8 Me109. The crew is seriously injured.
   
SANNIER Marcel
Sergeant
Pilot
Born in Bomy by Fléchin, (Pas de Calais). Student pilot at Istres in 1937, he was assigned to GBA II/54 in October 1938, 3rd Squadron.
- Breguet 693 n° 54 crashed on 7 June 1940 after being attacked by 8 Me109. The crew was seriously wounded. After his injury on 7 June, he lost his memory, even forgetting his name, and did not regain his senses until 9 July 1940.
 
SOLER
Sergeant
Pilot
On December 3, 1939, a Potez 633 was destroyed on landing by hitting a tree. The crew is injured.
     
TESTOT-FERRY Alfred
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
     
UTEZA Louis
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Born February 2, 1914 in Lyon.
- On June 6, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°29 was shot down by German Fighters on June 6, 1940: The crew was seriously injured.
   
VERGE Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 7, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°1 is shot down by 12 Me109 ... The crew is killed.
   

 

 

Mechanics

Group Mechanics
Name
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Photo
BARRE
Staff-Sergeant
Mechanic
   
BOUSUET
Adjutant
Mechanic
   
COTEREL
Staff-Sergeant
Mechanic
   
DECOBEQUE
Master-Corporal
Mechanic
   
DEFRANCHI
Master-Corporal
Mechanic
 
Joined the Air Force Mechanics School of Rochefort in April 1939. Assigned to the GBA II/54 in May 1940.
DELACROIX
Master-Corporal
Assistant-Mechanic
   
DIEU
Sergeant
Mechanic
 
Nicknamed "Jesus": Mechanic assigned to Warrant Officer André MITON's aircraft.
KOCHER
Staff-Sergeant
Mechanic
   
LE-ROCH
Chief-Warrant Officer
Chief Hangar Mechanic
   
LOEILLER
Staff-Sergeant
Mechanic
   
PALLIER
Master-Corporal
Mechanic
   
PICART
Chief-Warrant Officer
Mechanic
   
PLESSIER
Staff-Sergeant
Mechanic
   
SOLER
Staff-Sergeant
Mechanic
   
TOUCHET
Staff-Sergeant
Mechanic
   
WALSER Charles
Chief-Warrant Officer
Mechanic
  Mechanic belonging to the Group 18 Staff.
Born 25 December 1901 in Narbonne.
Died on 7 June 1940 during a training flight. The Breguet 695 n°3 flown by General GIRIER crashed on landing. General GIRIER was wounded, but Chief Warrant Officer WALSER died as a result of his injuries.Contrary to many writings, Chief Warrant Officer Charles WALSER was a mechanic and therefore could not fly the aircraft. (Source Mr C. CLOSTERY, Grandson of Charles WALSER)


Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Crew
SOLER
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 633 n° ? : Destroyed by accident on landing December 3, 1939: the crew is injured.
BRUNET Raymond
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Crew
FOURDINIER Edouard
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 34 : Shot down by Flak on May 12, 1940. Staff-Sergeant FOURDINIER is wounded and Sub-Lieutenant DE-LA-PORTE-DU-THEIL is killed
DE-LA-PORTE-DU-THEIL Michel
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
Crew
CHEMINEAU Georges
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 20 : Destroyed by the Flak May 16, 1940. The crew is killed.
GUICHON Claude
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
LAMI René
Sergeant
Pilot

Breguet 693 n° 30 : Shot down by Flak, May 16, 1940. The crew is taken prisoner.

GIARD Paul
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DE-BEARN Albert
Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 33 : Hit by the Flak, May 18, 1940. Sergeant LAMOUR is injured.
LAMOUR
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
GRENET Pierre
Commander
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 28 : Shot down by Flak, May 18, 1940. Commander GRENET, boss of GBA II / 54 is killed, and Staff Sergeant BOUVERET is imprisoned
BOUVERET Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
MITON André
Adjutant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 13 : Shot down by German Fighters on May 25, 1940. Staff-Sergeant BADEL is injured.
BADEL
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
LEGRAND Pierre
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 35 : Shot down by German Fighters on May 31, 1940. The Chief Warrant Officer POILBOUT parachutes himself and is taken prisoner. Sub-Lieutenant LEGRAND is unharmed.
POILBOUT
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
Crew
BRUNET Raymond
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 5 : Shot down by German Fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew is killed.
MATUCHET Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
JEUNET Marc
Captain
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 32 : Shot down by German Fighters on June 5, 1940, he crashed to the ground. The crew is seriously injured.
DUCAS
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
MITTON André
Adjutant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 29 : Shot down by German Fighters June 6, 1940: The crew is seriously injured.
UTEZA Louis
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DE-THANNBERG Guy
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
3eme Esc.
Breguet 693 n° 1013 : Damaged by German Fighters on June 6, 1940. Staff-Sergeant BADEL is injured.
BADEL
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
LEGRAND Pierre
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 1 : Shot down by German Fighters on June 7, 1940. The crew is killed..
VERGE Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
SANNIER Marcel
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 54 : Shot down by German Fighters on June 7, 1940. The crew is seriously injured.
RENAULT Guy
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DEVIN Camille
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 33 : Shot down by German Fightersing on June 7, 1940. The unharmed crew parachutes.
LEBERT
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DE-THANNBERG Guy
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 1011 : Damaged by Flak on June 7, 1940: Adjutant COIFFARD is seriously injured.
COIFFARD Jean
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
Crew
WALSER Charles
Chief Warrant Officer
Mécanicien
Breguet 693 n° 3 : Accidentally destroyed on landing on 7 June 1940 on return from a test flight: General GIRIER was wounded in both legs and Chief Warrant Officer WALSER was killed. Contrary to many writings, Chief Warrant Officer Charles WALSER was a mechanic and therefore could not fly the aircraft. (Source Mr C. CLOSTERY, Grandson of Charles WALSER)
GIRIER
Général
Pilot
Crew
MAYADOUX Albert
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 92 : Shot by German Fighters on June 9, 1940. Staff Sergeant LELONG is killed, and Sub-Lieutenant MAYADOUX is wounded.
LELONG André
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DUPUY Jean
Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 58 : Shot by the Flak on June 9, 1940: the crew is killed.
BEAUD Gaston
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DE-THANNBERG Guy
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 46 : Shot by the Flak on June 9, 1940: the crew is unscathed.
DELPORTE
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
Crew
GIRARD Maurice
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 70 : Damaged by the Flak on June 9, 1940, he crashed to the ground: the crew was wounded ..
PLESSIEZ
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DE-DAMPIERRE Audoin
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 695 n° 7 : Accidentally destroyed on landing on June 15, 1940: Sub-Lieutenant DAMPIERRE is killed and Captain LACAT is wounded
LACAT Roger
Captain
Machine Gunner
Crew
CASSAGNOU
Captain
Pilot
Breguet 691 n° 69 : Destroyed on takeoff on June 17, 1940; Captain CASSAGNOU is injured
BILLON-DU-PLAN
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Montdidier
80 - Somme
September 3, 1939
Nancy-Azelot
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
September 6, 1939
Auxerre
89 - Yonne
September 20, 1939
Lyon-Bron
69 - Lyon-Bron
October 14, 1939
Salon- De-Provence
13 - Bouches du Rhône
October 16, 1940
Vinon-sur-Verdon
83 - Var
December 13, 1939
Nangis
77 - Seine et Marne
May 6, 1940
Roye Beuvraignes
80 - Somme
May 10, 1940
Montdidier
80 - Somme
May 13, 1940
Briare
45 - Loiret
May 17, 1940
Brétigny-sur-Orge
91 - Essone
May 19, 1940
Chartres
28 - Eure et Loir
June 2, 1940
Chateauroux
36 - Indre
June 13, 1940
Dompierre
61 - Orne
June 16, 1940
Landes-De-Bussac
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 19, 1940
Mont-De-Marsan
40 - Landes
June 23, 1940
Toulouse-Francazal
31 - Haute-Garonne
June 24, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GBA II/54

 


Aircrafts

The GBA II/54 was equipped since its creation, following aircrafts :

The used aircrafts are described in the accessible file by the link below. You will find N ° of series, Registration, date of affectation to the group, and fate of the plane there.

In this list are identified :

  • 1 Potez 633
  • 4 Breguet 691
  • 23 Breguet 693
  • 2 Breguet 695

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
13
Sub-Lieutenant DE-LA-PORTE-DU-THEIL (Combat)
May 12, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant CHEMINEAU (Combat)
May 16, 1940
Sergeant GUICHON (Combat)
May 16, 1940
Commander GRENET (Combat)
May 18, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant BRUNET (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Staff-Sergeant MATUCHET (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant LEGRAND (Combat)
June 7, 1940
Staff-Sergeant VERGE (Combat)
June 7, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer WALSER (Accident)
June 7, 1940
Staff-Sergeant LELONG (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Lieutenant DUPUY (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant BEAUD (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant DE-DAMPIERRE (Accident)
June 15, 1940
Crewmen injured
19
Sub-Lieutenant BRUNET (Accident)
December 3, 1939
Sergeant SOLER (Accident)
December 3, 1939
Staff-Sergeant FOURDINIER (Combat)
May 12, 1940
Sergeant LAMOUR (Combat)
May 18, 1940
Staff-Sergeant BADEL (Combat)
May 25, 1940
Captain JEUNET (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Staff-Sergeant DUCAS (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Adjutant MITTON (Combat)
June 6, 1940
Staff-Sergeant UTEZA (Combat)
June 6, 1940
Staff-Sergeant BADEL (Combat)
June 6, 1940
Sergeant SANNIER (Combat)
June 7, 1940
Staff-Sergeant RENAULT (Combat)
June 7, 1940
Adjutant COIFFARD (Combat)
June 7, 1940
Général GIRIER (Accident)
June 7, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant MAYADOUX (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant GIRARD (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Staff-Sergeant PLESSIEZ (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Captain LACAT (Accident)
June 15, 1940
Captain CASSAGNOU (Accident)
June 17, 1940
Crewmen prisoners
4
Sergeant LAMI
May 16, 1940
Sergeant GIARD
May 16, 1940
Staff-Sergeant BOUVERET
May 18, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer POILBOUT
May 31, 1940

 


Sources

- The citations or decorations listed are extracted from the Official Journals archived in « Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France »
- The dates and places of birth of the Group's personnel are taken mainly from the site : "Mémoires des Hommes"
- Book : "Ils étaient là" by Mr Jacqueline and Paul MARTIN - Editions Aéro-Editions