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Air Observation Group GAO 503


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GA0 503 is attached to the 1st Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 503
Commander PEILLARD
 
Captain DE-LA-GENARDIERE
     
Commander THABAULT    

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil Statut
Photos
Citations
DE-LA GENARDIERE
Commander
Commander of Group
     
DENOMAISON André
Captain
Pilot
       
GOURDON René
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
On May 16, 1940 his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No. 375 was shot down by the Flak. Unwilling, he manages to parachute himself.      
MANN André
Sous-Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on May 16, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 375 shot down by the Flak.  
 
MAUREL René
Lieutenant
Observer
       
NOURRY
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
Wounded on May 16, 1940 aboard the Potez 63-11 No. 375 shot by the Flak, he managed to parachute.      
PEILLARD
Commander
Commander of Group
     
THIBAULT
Commander
Commander of Group
 
 

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
GOURDON Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 375 : Shot down by the Flak on May 16, 1940. Sub-Lieutenant MANN is killed, Adjutant NOURRY parachuted is wounded, and Chief Warrant Officer GOURDON is unharmed.
MANN André Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
NOURRY Adjutant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Méaulte
80 - Somme
September 2, 1939
Lille Séclin
59 - Nord
September 10, 1939
Valenciennes La Briquette
59 - Nord
October 10, 1939
Denain Prouvy
59 - Nord
November 10, 1939
Valenciennes La Briquette
59 - Nord
December 15, 1939
Haynecourt
59 - Nord
May 17, 1940
Bacqueville-en-Caux
76 - Seine-Maritime
May 18, 1940
Chappes
63 - Puy De Dôme
May 25, 1940
Albi
81 - Tarn
June 18, 1940
Carlus
81 - Tarn
June 21, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO 503

 

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 503 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 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
1
Sub-lieutenant MANN (combat)
May 16, 1940
Crewmen injured
1
Adjutant NOURRY (combat)
May 16, 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
- ...