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Air Observation Group GAO I/514


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GAO I / 514 is attached to the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAA (Zone of Air Operations Alps) and is assigned to the General Reserve.


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO I/514
Commander LESCHI      
Commander CHRETIEN  

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
CHRETIEN
Commander
Commander of Group
     
JACQUET Julien
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on May 22, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.315 shot down by 5 Me109. The aircraft crashes into flames.      
LAURENT
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 10, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.333 is damaged by the Flak and, damaged engine, must land in the countryside. It can be repaired later. Sergeant LAURENT is unharmed.      
LESCHI
Commander
Commander of Group
     
MARSEILLE Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Killed on May 22, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.315 shot down by 5 Me109. The aircraft crashes into flames.      
MAZERON
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 10, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.333 is damaged by the Flak and, damaged engine, must land in the countryside. It can be repaired later. Staff-Sergeant MAZERON is unscathed.      
PINATEL Roger
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Killed on May 22, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.315 shot down by 5 Me109. The aircraft crashes into flames.      
RIX
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 10, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.333 is damaged by the Flak and, damaged engine, must land in the countryside. It can be repaired later. Lieutenant RIX is injured.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
MARSEILLE Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 315 : Shot down by German Fighters on May 22, 1940. The crew is killed.
JACQUET Julien
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
PINATEL Roger
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
MAZERON
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 333 : Damaged by the Flak on June 10, 1940, he lands in the countryside. Re-prepared, he will join his group on June 12th. Lieutenant RIX is injured.
RIX
Lieutenant
Observer
LAURENT
Sergeant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Gap - Tallard
05 - Hautes-Alpes
September 3, 1939
Delme
57 - Moselle
October 15, 1939
Touillon-lès-Montbard
21 - Côté d'Or
May 1, 1940
La Perthe
51 - Marne
May 18, 1940
Plancy l'Abbaye
10 - Aube
May 19, 1940
Ecury-sur-Coole
51 - Marne
Juny 3, 1940
Pouans Les Vallées
10 - Aube
Juny 12, 1940
Pinnelle
?
Juny 13, 1940
Osmery
18 - Cher
Juny 15, 1940
Avord
18 - Cher
Juny 16, 1940
Châteauroux
36 - Indre
Juny 17, 1940
Bordeaux - Mérignac
33 - Gironde
Juny 18, 1940
Perpignan La Salanque
66 - Pyrénées Orientales
Juny 19, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO I/514

 


Aircrafts

The GAO I/514 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 :

  • 2 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
3
Sub-Lieutenant JACQUET (Combat)
May 22, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant MARSEILLE (Combat)
May 22, 1940
Sergeant PINATEL (Combat)
May 22, 1940
Crewmen injured
1
Lieutenant RIX (Combat)
Juny 10, 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