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Air Observation Group GAO I/584


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GAO I / 584, undergoing transformation and training, is attached to the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAA (Zone d'Aériennes Alpes).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO I/584
Commander SUERE      

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BAYLE
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 8, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.404 is attacked by 12 Me110 ... He managed to escape in a razor and to join his airfield. The crew is unharmed, but the aircraft, severely touched, is destroyed.      
CASES
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 17, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.396 was badly hit by the Flak and was destroyed on landing. The crew is unscathed.      
CONFURON Marcel
Lieutenant
Observer
- On June 8, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.404 is attacked by 12 Me110 ... The pilot managed to escape in a razor and to join his airfield. The crew is unharmed, but the aircraft, severely touched, is destroyed.
- On June 17, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.396 was badly hit by the Flak and was destroyed on landing. The crew is unscathed.
     
DE-BENUCHAMP
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 17, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.396 was badly hit by the Flak and was destroyed on landing. The crew is unscathed.      
MINARO
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 8, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.404 is attacked by 12 Me110 ... The pilot managed to escape in a razor and to join his airfield. The crew is unharmed, but the aircraft, severely touched, is destroyed.      
SUERE
Commandant
Commander of the Group
     

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
BAYLE
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 404 : Destroyed following an aerial combat on June 8, 1940. The crew is unscathed.
CONFURON
Lieutenant
Observer
MINARO
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
CASES
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 396 : Destroyed by the Flak on June 17, 1940. The crew is unscathed.
CONFURON
Lieutenant
Observer
DE-BENUCHAMP
Sergeant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Tunis El-Aouina
Tunisie
03 Septembre 1939
Alger Maison-blanche
Algérie
13 Décembre 1939
Blida
Algérie
15 Décembre 1939
Marseille - Marignane
13 - Bouches du Rhône
31 Mars 1940
Aspres sur Buech
66 - Pyrénées Orientales
04 Avril 1940
Valence Chabeuil
26 - Drôme
20 Avril 1940
Lons-Le-Saulnier - Courlaoux
39 - Jura
22 Mai 1940
Vaujancourt
?
29 Mai 1940
Nantua - Port
01 - Ain
16 Juin 1940
Feurs
42 - Loire
17 Juin 1940
Béziers
34 - Hérault
17 Juin 1940
Marignane
13 - Bouches du Rhône
19 juin 1940
Orange Plan de Dieu
84 - Vaulcuse
19 juin 1940
Nimes
30 - Gard
21 Juin 1940
Perpignan La Salanque
66 - Pyrénées Orientales
21 Juin 1940
Alger Maison-Blanche
Algérie
22 juin 1940

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Itinerary of the GAO I/584

 


Aircrafts

The GAO I/584 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

GAO I/584 had no losses during the French Campaign


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