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Air Observation Group GAO 504


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GA0 504 is attached to the 1st Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 504
Commander GINESTET
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil Statut
Photos
Citations
CHEVALLIER André
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No. 388, was badly hit by the Flak and crashed. Seriously wounded, Staff Sergeant CHEVALIER is taken prisoner.      
CORNU
Sergeant
Pilot
On October 17, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 390 No. 88 is destroyed on landing: the crew is unscathed      
DE-MONTAL Jean
Captain
Observer
On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No. 388, was badly hit by the Flak and crashed. Captain DE-MONTAL is killed.      
GINESTET
Commander
Commander of Group
     
LEON
Cadidate Officer
Observer
On October 17, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 390 No. 88 is destroyed on landing: the crew is unscathed      
ROY Jules
Lieutenant
Observer
       
SOUTIF Henri
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No. 388, was badly hit by the Flak and crashed. Seriously wounded, the sergeant SOUTIF is taken prisoner.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
CORNU
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 390 n° 88 : Destroyed on landing on October 17, 1939: the crew is unscathed
LEON
Candidate Officer
Observer
Crew
CHEVALIER
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 388 : Destroyed in air combat on May 15, 1940. Captain DE-MONTAL is killed, Staff-Sergeant CHEVALIER and Sergeant SOUTIF, wounded, are taken prisoner
DE-MONTAL Jean
Captain
Observer
SOUTIF
Sergeant
Machine-gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Villers-Lès-Guise
02 - Aisne
September 3, 1939
Sissone La Malmaison
02 - Aisne
September 20, 1939
Cannes-Mandelieu
06 - Alpes-Maritimes
October 19, 1939
Brunehamel (Section)
02 - Aisne
October 1, 1939
Le Cateau-Cambrésis (Section)
59 - Nord
February 1, 1940
Denain Prouvy
59 - Nord
April 10, 1940
Mellet (B) (Section Potez 390)
Belgique
May 10, 1940
Denain Prouvy
59 - Nord
May 17, 1940
Lamberville
76 - seine-Maritime
May 20, 1940
Bacqueville-En-Caux
76 - seine-Maritime
May 21, 1940
Dissolution GAO
76 - seine-Maritime
June 6, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO 504

Aircrafts

The GAO 504 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 :

  • 8 Potez 390-11
  • 1 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
1
Captain DE-MONTAL (Combat)
May 15, 1940
Crewmen injured
2
Staff-Sergeant CHEVALIER (Combat)
May 15, 1940
Sergeant SOUTIF (Combat)
May 15, 1940
Crewmen prisoner
2
Staff-Sergeant CHEVALIER
May 15, 1940
Sergeant SOUTIF
May 15, 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
- ...