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Air Observation Group GAO 505


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GA0 505 is attached to the 1st Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 505
Commander AUBREE      
Captain DE-MARCILLY
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil Statut
Photos
Citations
ACHAINTRE
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On September 21, 1939, despite protection of Morane 406, his aircraft, the Potez 39 No. 50 was shot down by German fighters. Staff Sergeant ACHAINTRE is unscathed.      
AUBREE
Commander
Commander of Group
     
DE-MARCILLY
Captain
Commander of Group
     
LEONARD André
Captain
Observer
Killed on September 21, 1939 aboard the Potez 39 No. 50 shot by German fighters      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
ACHAINTRE
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 39 N° 50 : Destroyed in aerial combat on September 21, 1939. He made a landing in the field: Captain LEONARD was killed during the fight
LEONARD André
Captain
Observer

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Essey-Lès-Nancy
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
September 9, 1939
Thal
67 - Bas-Rhin
September 11, 1939
Chaumont
52 - Haute-Marne
September 26, 1939
Vertaine Le Quesnoy
59 - Nord
October 7, 1939
Ragnies
Belgique
May 13, 1940
Saint-Aubert
59 - Nord
May 15, 1940
Rennes
35 - Ille et Vilaine
May 17, 1940
Aulnat
63 - Puy de Dôme
May 20, 1940
Pau Pont-Long
64 - Pyrénées-Atlantique
June 17, 1940

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Itinerary of the GAO 505

Aircrafts

The GAO 505 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 :

  • 11 Potez 390

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
1
Captain LEONARD (Combat)
September 21, 1939

 


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
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