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Air Observation Group GAO II/508


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GAO II / 508 is attached to the Third Army in the Air Force Cooperation of the ZOAE (East Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO II/508
Commander GENEVOIX      
Captain BUISSIERE      

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
ARIE Max
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 5, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.306 was shot down in flames by 5 Me109. Sergeant ARIE is seriously injured.      
BUISSIERE
Captain
Commander of Group
     
GENEVOIX
Commander
Commander of Group
     
LAMBERT
Lieutenant
Pilot
On September 27, 1939 his aircraft, the Potez 25 No.1700 is attacked by 2 Me109. Severely damaged, he crashed into the Landing. Lieutenant LAMBERT is injured.      
LEQUEU
Lieutenant
Observer
On September 27, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 25 No.1700, was damaged by 2 Me109 and crashed on landing: Lieutenant LEQUEU was unharmed.      
LESCUYER Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 5, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.306 was shot down in flames by 5 Me109. Lieutenant LESCUYER is injured.      
PECH Charles
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On June 5, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.306 was shot down in flames by 5 Me109. Sub-Lieutenant PECH is unharmed.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
LAMBERT Lieutenant
Pilot
POTEZ 25 N° 1700 : Destroyed following an aerial combat on September 27, 1939: Damaged, he crashes on the airfield of Thionville. Lieutenant LAMBERT is injured
LEQUEU Lieutenant
Observer
Crew
PECH Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 306 : Destroyed by German Fighters on June 5, 1940. Lieutenant LESCUYER and Sergeant ARIE are injured, the latter more seriously. Second Lieutenant PECH is unharmed.
LESCUYER Lieutenant
Observer
ARIE Sergeant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Mars-La-Tour
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
September 3, 1939
Dijon - Longvic
21 - Côte d'Or
September 10, 1939
Joinville
52 - Haute-Marne
September 10, 1939
Mars-La-Tour
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
September 11, 1939
Aspres-Sur-Buech
66 - Pyrénées-Orientales
October 24, 1939
Saint-Etienne de Saint-Geoirs
38 - Isère
March 15, 1939
Mars-La-Tour
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
March 30, 1939
Rancourt
80 - Somme
May 23, 1940
Brienne-Le-Château
10 - Aube
Juny 12, 1940
Châtillon-Sur-Seine
21 - Côte d'Or
Juny 13, 1940
La Guerche
37 - Indre et Loire
Juny 15, 1940
Les Aix d'Angillon
18 - Cher
Juny 16, 1940
Moissac
82 - Tarn et Garonne
Juny 17, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO II/508

 


Aircrafts

The GAO II/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 :

  • 3 Breguet Br270
  • 3 Potez 25
  • 1 Potez 63-11


Casualties

Crewmen injured
3
Lieutenant LAMBERT (Combat)
September 27, 1939
Lieutenant LESCUYER (Combat)
Juny 5, 1940
Sergeant ARIE (Combat)
Juny 5, 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