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Air Observation Group GAO I/508


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GAO I / 508 is attached to the 8th Army of the "Air Force Cooperation" of the ZOAS (South Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO I/508
Commander LEVESQUE      
Commander ROBERT  

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BEAUVALLET Jean
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
Seriously injured on May 18, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.626 shot down by 4 Me109.      
BRIAS
Sergeant
Pilot
Wounded on June 14, 1940 following an accident on takeoff aboard Potez 63-11 No.634.      
CHIERS
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
On June 14, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.634 crashes accidentally on takeoff: he is unscathed.      
COUTURE Maurice
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on May 26, 1940 in aerial combat aboard Potez 63-11 No.272 shot down by 12 Me109. The plane crashes to the ground and catches fire ..      
DUPUY
Sergeant
Pilot
Wounded May 6, 1940 during an aerobatic session aboard the Potez 630 No.70 following the break of an flight control      
GUILLOUX Maurice
Sergeant
Pilot
Killed on May 26, 1940 in aerial combat aboard Potez 63-11 No.272 shot down by 12 Me109. The plane crashes to the ground and catches fire ..      
KULLING
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
During an aerobatic session on May 6, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 630 No.70 was destroyed following the break of an flight control : he was unscathed.      
LE-GOASGUEN Raymond
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed May 18, 1940 in aerial combat aboard Potez 63-11 No.626 shot down by 4 Me109.      
LEVESQUE
Commander
Commander of the Group
     
NOIR
Lieutenant
Observer
- Wounded May 6, 1940 during an aerobatic session aboard the Potez 630 No.70 following the break of an flight control
- Wounded on June 14, 1940 following an accident on takeoff aboard Potez 63-11 No.634.
     
PETIT pierre
Captain
Pilot
Killed May 18, 1940 in aerial combat aboard Potez 63-11 No.626 shot down by 4 Me109.      
ROBERT
Commander
Commander of the Group
     
WITRY Roger
Master-Corporal
Machine Gunner
Killed on May 26, 1940 in aerial combat aboard Potez 63-11 No.272 shot down by 12 Me109. The plane crashes to the ground and catches fire ..      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
DUPUY
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 630 n°70 : Destroyed during an aerobatic session by flight control failure on May 6, 1940. Lieutenant BLACK and Sergeant DUPUY are wounded. Adjutant KULLING is unharmed
NOIR
Lieutenant
Observer
KULLING
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
Crew
PETIT pierre
Captain
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 626 : Shot down by German Fighters May 18, 1940. Lieutenant LE-GOASGUEN and Captain PETIT are killed. Adjutant BEAUVALLET is seriously injured.
LE-GOASGUEN Raymond
Lieutenant
Observer
BEAUVALLET
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
Crew
GUILLOUX Maurice
Sergeant
Pilote
Potez 63-11 n° 272 : Shot down by German Fighters May 26, 1940. The crew is killed..
COUTURE Maurice
Lieutenant
Observer
WITRY Roger
Master-Corporal
Machine Gunner
Crew
BRIAS
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 634 : Accidentally crashes on takeoff on June 14, 1940. Lieutenant NOIR and Sergeant BRIAS are wounded.
NOIR
Lieutenant
Observer
CHIERS
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Sarrebourg Buhl
57 - Moselle
September 3, 1939
Nancy - Azelot
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
November 4, 1939
Marigny-Le-Grand
51 - Marne
November 7, 1939
Romilly-Sur-Seine
10 - Aube
November 15, 1939
Pinelles
?
Juny 13, 1940
Troyes-Barberey
10 - Aube
Juny 14, 1940
Vornay
18 - Cher
Juny 15, 1940
Limoges
87 - Haute-Vienne
Juny 16, 1940
Bergerac
24 - Dordogne
Juny 21, 1940
Moissac
82 - Tarn et Garonne
Juny 24, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO I/508

 


Aircrafts

The GAO I/508 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 :

  • 12 breguet Br270
  • 1 Potez 630
  • 4 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
5
Captain PETIT (Combat)
May 18,1940
Lieutenant LE-GOASGUEN (Combat)
May 18,1940
Lieutenant COUTURE (Combat)
May 26,1940
Sergeant GUILLOUX (Combat)
May 26,1940
Master-Corporal WITRY (Combat)
May 26,1940
Crewmen injured
5
Lieutenant NOIR (Accident)
May 6,1940
Sergeant DUPUY (Accident)
May 6,1940
Adjutant BEAUVALLET (Combat)
May 18,1940
Sergeant BRIAS (Accident)
Juny 14, 1940
Lieutenant NOIR (Accident)
Juny 14, 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