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Air Observation Group GAO II/551


Historical

On May 10, 1940, GAO II / 551 is attached to the 9th Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).

The GAO 2/551 is practically reduced to nothing on May 10th and 11th, 1940, after the bombardments of the airfield of Tournes-Belval by the Germans,. It folds on May 13 on the ground Bulgny with a Mureaux and Potez 63-11 on the eleven aircrafts in staffing before May 10.


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO II/551
Captain SACRE      
Captain DE GOLBERY
     
Captain SACRE      
Captain BERNARD
     

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BERNARD
Captain
Commander of Group
     
BRUN
Adjutant
Mitrailleur
     
CAZENAVE
Captain
Observer
     
DE GOLBERY
Captain
Commander of Group
     
SACRE
Captain
Commander of Group
     

 

 

Stories of crews

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Couvron
02 - Aisne
April 6, 1940
Villers-Lès-Guise
02 - Aisne
??
Tournes Belval
08 - Ardennes
April 11, 1940
Bulgny Saint-Maclou
80 - Somme
May 12, 1940
Tours Mettray
37 - Indre et Loire
May 19, 1940
Bordeaux - Mérignac
33 - Gironde
June 5, 1940

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Itinerary of the GAO II/551

 


Aircrafts

The GAO II/551 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 :

  • 1 Mureaux 117
  • 2 Potez 63-11


Casualties

GAO II / 551 had no casualties 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