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Air Observation Group GAO 509


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GAO 509 is attached to the IV Army in the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAE (East Air Operations Zone).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 509
Captain DU-TERTRE      
Commander TROYNO
 

 


Personnel

Pilots et Membres d'Crews du Groupe
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BLANCHET Michel
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner
On June 5, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No. 588 was shot down by German Fighters. The crew is killed.      
BOLO
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner
Killed on March 17, 1940 in a target shooting exercise: the aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N° 590 hit the cable and sink at sea      
BOUDINIER Emile
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On June 5, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No. 588 was shot down by German Fighters. The crew is killed.      
COLIN Paul
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On June 5, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No. 588 was shot down by German Fighters. The crew is killed.      
DUTARTRE Eugène
Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner
On June 5, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 592 was shot down by 6 Me109. The crew is killed.  
DU-TERTRE
Captain
Commander du Groupe
     
FAURE
Sergeant
Pilot
Killed on March 17, 1940 in a target shooting exercise: the aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.590 hit the cable and sink at sea      
GIRON André
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On June 5, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 592 was shot down by 6 Me109. The crew is killed.    
GUILLERME Henri
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On June 5, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 592 was shot down by 6 Me109. The crew is killed.      
MARY Raymond
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
Killed on May 13, 1940 aboard a Potez 63-11 by shots from the ground.      
O'KELLY André
Captain
Pilot
     
RAGONNEAU
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on March 17, 1940 in a target shooting exercise: the aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.590 hit the cable and sink at sea      
TROYNO
Commander
Commander du Groupe
     

 

 

Stories

Names
Photos
Descriptive
Lieutenant DUTARTRE Eugène
Source : Gérard ACKERMANN : Eugène DUTARTRE was the brother of Mr Ackermann's grandmother.
Sub-Lieutenant GIRON André
Source : Mr MENUT Gérard, Son of the widow of Second Lieutenant André Giron

 

 

 

 

 


Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
FAURE
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 590 : Falling into the sea on March 17, 1940 during a target shooting exercise: the aircraft hits the cable: the crew is killed.
RAGONNEAU
Lieutenant
Observer
BOLO
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
GIRON
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° ? : Damaged by ground fire on May 13, 1940, Chief Warrant Officer MARY is killed
GUILLERME
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
MARY Raymond
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
Crew
GIRON André
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 592 : Shot by German fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew is killed.
GUILLERME Henri
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
DUTARTRE Eugène
Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
COLIN Paul
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 588 : Shot by German fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew is killed.
BOUDINIER Emile
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
BLANCHET Michel
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Delme
57 - Moselle
September 3, 1939
Nancy-Azelot
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
September 15, 1939
Morhange
57 - Moselle
September 24, 1939
Delme
57 - Moselle
October 3, 1939
Nancy-Azelot
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
October 16, 1939
Lyon-Bron
69 - Rhône
October 21, 1939
Challes-Les-Eaux
73 - Savoie
October 23, 1939
Marignane
13 - Bouches du Rhône
March 9, 1940
Chambaran Marcilloles
38 - Isère
March 25, 1940
Delme
57 - Moselle
March 29, 1940
Saint-Valéry-en-Caux
76 - Seine-Maritime
May 31, 1940
Caen-Carpiquet
14 - Calvados
June 6, 1940
Vers-sur-Mer
14 - Calvados
June 13, 1940
Fontenay-Le-Comte
85 - Vendée
June 15, 1940
Cazaux
33 - Gironde
June 19, 1940
Sanint-Laurent De-La-Salanque
66 - Pyrénées-Orientales
June 20, 1940
Alger Maison-Blanche
Algérie
June 22, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO 509

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 509 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 :

  • 3 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
10
Lieutenant RAGONNEAU (Accident)
March 17, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant BOLO (Accident)
March 17, 1940
Sergeant FAURE (Accident)
March 17, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer MARY (Combat)
May 13, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant GUILLERME (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant GIRON (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Lieutenant DUTARTRE (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant BOUDINIER (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant COLIN (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant BLANCHET (Combat)
June 5, 1940

 


Sources

- Mr Gérard ACKERMANN : Eugène DUTARTRE was the brother of Mr Ackermann's grandmother.
- Mr MENUT Gérard, Mr MENUT Gérard, Son of the widow of Second Lieutenant André Giron
- 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