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Air Observation Group GAO 507


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GAO 507 is attached to the 2nd Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 507
Captain BITSCH      
Commander SCHWANDER
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil Statut
Photos
Citations
BARBIER
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Wounded on December 23, 1939 aboard a Mureaux 115: the aircraft, in foggy weather, crashes on landing.      
BIKOWETZ
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On May 20, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 440 was shot down during a fight against him at 6 Me109. Sub-Lieutenant BIKOWETZ, unharmed, is taken prisoner.      
BITSCH
Capitaine
Commander du Groupe
     
BONNAL Louis
Lieutenant
Observer
On September 20, 1939, the Mureaux 115 No. 21, badly damaged following a fight against the 5 Me109, must land in the field. Lieutenant BONNAL is seriously injured.      
CLEMENT René
Lieutenant
Observer
       
LAPANNE Pierre
Lieutenant
Pilot
       
LIEBERT
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
On May 20, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 440 was shot down during a fight against him at 6 Me109. Chief Warrant Officer LIEBERT, seriously injured, is taken prisoner.      
LOUIS
Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 20, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 440 was shot down during a fight against him at 6 Me109. Lieutenant LOUIS, wounded, is taken prisoner.      
PICQ
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on December 23, 1939 aboard a Mureaux 115: the aircraft, in foggy weather, crashes on landing.      
SCHWANDER
Commander
Commander du Groupe
     
SENN Henri
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
On September 20, 1939, the Mureaux 115 No. 21, badly damaged following a fight against the 5 Me109, must land in the field. Chief Warrant Officer SENN is injured.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
SENN
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Mureaux 115 N° 21 : Destroyed in air combat on September 20, 1939. Both crew members are wounded
BONNAL
Lieutenant
Observer
Crew
BARBIER
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n° ? : Crashes at the landing in fog on December 23, 1939. Lieutenant PICQ is killed and Second Lieutenant BARBIER is wounded
PICQ
Lieutenant
Observer
Crew
LOUIS
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 440 : Shot down by German Fighter May 20, 1940. The crew is taken prisoner. Lieutenant LOUIS and Chief Warrant Officer LIEBERT are injured, the latter seriously.
BIKOWETZ
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
LIEBERT
Chief Warrant Officer
 Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

 

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Châlon-sur-Saône Champforgueil
71 - Saône et Loire
September 3, 1939
Delmes
57 - Moselle
September 10, 1939
Thales
?
September 12, 1939
Morhange
57 - Moselle
September 28, 1939
Delmes
57 - Moselle
October 3, 1939
Attigny
08 - Ardennes
April 2, 1940
Challerange
08 - Ardennes
May 14, 1940
Suippes
51 - Marne
May 15, 1940
Remenécourt
55 - Meuse
May 19, 1940
Caen Crépon
14 - Calvados
June 1, 1940
Fontenay-Le-Comte
85 - Vendée
June 15, 1940
Cazaux
33 - Gironde
June 18, 1940
Bordeaux-Mérignac
33 - Gironde
June 19, 1940
Perpignan La Salanque
66 - Pyrénées-Orientales
June 22, 1940
Alger Maison-blanche
Algéria
22 Juin 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO 507

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 507 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 115
  • 1 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
1
Lieutenant PICQ (Accident)
December 23, 1939
Crewmen injured
5
Lieutenant BONNAL
September 20, 1939
Chief Warrant Officer SENN
September 20, 1939
Sub-Lieutenant BARBIER (Accident)
December 23, 1939
Lieutenant LOUIS (Combat)
May 20, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer LIEBERT (Combat)
May 20, 1940
Crewmen Prisoner
3
Lieutenant LOUIS
May 20, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer LIEBERT
May 20, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant BIKOWETZ
May 20, 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
- ...