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Air Observation Group GAO II/506


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GAO II / 506 is attached to the III Army within the ZOAE Air Operational Forces (Eastern Air Operations Zone).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO II/506
Captain DE-LA-BAUME      

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BOLLE Pierre
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On June 4, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.772 was attacked by a Me109 but managed to escape. Lieutenant BOLLE, injured during the fight, will die as a result of his injuries.      
DE-LABAUME
Captain
Commander of the Group
     
DEMUYTER
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 4, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.772 was attacked by a Me109 but managed to escape. Sergeant DEMUYTER is unharmed.      
DUPONT
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Wounded on May 26, 1940 aboard the Potez 63-11 No.260 hit by the Flak,      
GOSSARD
Lieutenant
Observer
On November 6, 1939, his aircraft, the Mureaux 117 No.107 was shot down by Me109. Lieutenant GOSSARD, unscathed, parachutes.      
JOUSSELIN
Sergeant
Machine gunner
- On May 26, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.260, was badly damaged by the Flak. Sergeant JOUSSELIN is unharmed.
- On June 4, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.772 was attacked by a Me109 but managed to escape. Sergeant JOUSSELIN is slightly injured.
     
PATANCHON
Colonel
Pilot
On May 26, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.260, was badly damaged by the Flak. Colonel PATANCHON is unscathed.      
RUPPERT
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
On November 6, 1939, his aircraft, the Mureaux 117 No.107 was shot down by Me109. Chief Warrant Officer RUPPERT, injured, parachutes.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
RUPPERT
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Mureaux 117 n° 107 : Shot down on November 6, 1939 following a air combat with BF109Es. Crew parachute, and Chief Warrant Officer RUPPERT is injured
GOSSARD
Lieutenant
Observer
Crew
PATANCHON
Colonel
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 260 : Severely damaged by the Flak on May 26, 1940. Sub-Lieutenant DUPONTis wounded
DUPONT
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
JOUSSELIN
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DEMUYTER
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 772 :Damaged by German fighters on June 4, 1940. Sub-Lieutenant BOLLE is killed. Sergeant JOUSSELIN is slightly injured.
BOLLE Pierre
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
JOUSSELIN
Sergeant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Etain-Buzy
55 - Meuse
September 2, 1939
Metz-Frescaty
57 - Moselle
September 18, 1939
Chambley-Bussières Hageville
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
October 23, 1939
Martigny-Les-Gerbonvaux
88 - Vosges
Juny 13, 1940
Til-Châtel
21 - Côte d'Or
Juny 15, 1940
Roanne
42 - Loire
Juny 16, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO II/506

 


Aircrafts

The GAO II/506 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 Mureaux 117
  • 2 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
1
Sub-Lieutenant BOLLE (Combat)
Juny 4, 1940
Crewmen injured
3
Chef Warrant Officer RUPPERT (Combat)
November 6, 1939
Sub-Lieutenant DUPONT (Combat)
May 26, 1940
Sergeant JOUSSELIN (Combat)
Juny 4, 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