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Air Observation Group GAO 510


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GAO 510 is attached to the 2nd Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 510
Captain LHERITIER
 
Lieutenant VOITURIEZ
May 13, 1940
 
Commander MEYER-JARDIN
May 14, 1940
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BONNET
Corporal
Machine-Gunner
On June 16, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 415, hit by the Flak, landed in the countryside. Unwarmed, the crew fire the aircraft before attempting to join his group, but will be taken prisoner 3 days later      
DESBORDES
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Wounded June 5, 1940 aboard the Potez 63-11 No. 493 shot by German fighters He succeeds in parachuting, but will be taken prisoner.      
DUBOIS andré
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 13, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N 393 is badly damaged by Me109 and crashes in the field. Lieutenant DUBOIS is seriously injured.      
FOURNEL
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On August 18, 1938, he lost his way aboard the Potez 390 No. 53 and the aircraft was hilly during a landing on the beach of Saint-Laurent-Sur-Mer. the aircraft will be repaired.      
GIRARD
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
On June 16, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 415, hit by the Flak, landed in the countryside. Unwarmed, the crew fire the aircraft before attempting to join his group, but will be taken prisoner 3 days later      
GUESNEL Andr
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
- On May 16, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 619 was shot down by 3 Me109. Staff Sergeant GUESNEL is unharmed.
- On May 27, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 623, damaged by the flak, was finally shot down by 7 Me109. Staff-Sergeant GUESNEL, unscathed, parachutes.
- Killed on June 8, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 494 shot down by the Flak.
     
LHERITIER
Captain
Commander of Group
     
LUCAS Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 27, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 623, damaged by the flak, was finally shot down by 7 Me109. Staff Sergeant LUCAS is Killed.      
MARTIN Robert
Lieutenant
Observer
- On May 16, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 619 was shot down by 3 Me109. Lieutenant MARTIN is unscathed.
- Killed on June 8, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 494 shot down by the Flak.
     
MENET
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Wounded on June 8, 1940 aboard the Potez 63-11 N 494 shot by the Flak. He succeeds in parachuting, but will be taken prisoner.      
MEYER-JARDIN
Commander
Commander of Group
     
MOLINIER
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
On May 16, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 619 was shot down by 3 Me109. The Master-Corporal MOLINIER is injured.      
NOIRET Lucien
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on June 5, 1940 aboard the Potez 63-11 No. 493 shot by German fighters.      
RAGE
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
Killed on June 5, 1940 aboard the Potez 63-11 No. 493 shot by German fighters.      
RIMLINGER Georges
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 13, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N 393 is badly damaged by Me109 and crashes in the field. Sergeant RIMLINGER is seriously injured.      
ROBERT
Sergeant
Pilot
On August 18, 1938, he lost his way aboard the Potez 390 No. 53 and the aircraft was hilly during a landing on the beach of Saint-Laurent-Sur-Mer. the aircraft will be repaired.      
ROULLAND
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 16, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 415, hit by the Flak, landed in the countryside. Unwarmed, the crew fire the aircraft before attempting to join his group, but will be taken prisoner 3 days later      
SMET Roger
Captain
Observer
On May 27, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 623, damaged by the flak, was finally shot down by 7 Me109. Captain SMET, unharmed, parachutes.      
VOITURIEZ
Captain
Pilot and Cder of Group
On May 13, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N 393 is badly damaged by Me109 and crashes in the field. Captain VOITURIEZ is injured.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
ROBERT
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 390 n° 53 : the crew was lost, it is accidented August 18, 1938 during a landing on the beach of Saint-Laurent-Sur-Mer. the aircraft will be repaired.
FOURNEL
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Crew
VOITURIEZ
Captain
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 393 :Shot down in air combat May 13, 1940. Lieutenant DUBOIS and Sergeant RIMLINGER are seriously injured, and Captain VOITURIEZ is wounded slightly.
DUBOIS
Lieutenant
Observer
RIMLINGER
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
GUESNEL
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 619 : Shot by the Flak on May 16, 1940. The Master-Corporal MOLINIER is wounded.
MARTIN
Lieutenant
Observer
MOLINIER
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
Crew
GUESNEL
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 623 : Shot by Flak on May 27, 1940. Staff-Sergeant LUCAS is killed.
SMET
Captain
Observer
LUCAS Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
DESBORDES
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 493 : Shot by German fighters on June 5, 1940. Chief Warrant Officer RAGE and Lieutenant BLACK are killed. Staff-Sergeant DESBORDES, wounded, parachutes and is taken prisoner.
NOIRET Lucien
Lieutenant
Observer
RAGE
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
Crew
GUESNEL André
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 494 : Shot by the Flak on June 8, 1940. Lieutenant MARTIN and Staff Sergeant GUESNEL are killed. Sergeant MENET, injured, is taken prisoner
MARTIN Robert
Lieutenant
Observer
MENET
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
GIRARD
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 415 : Destroyed by the Flak on June 16, 1940, he landed in campgne. The crew, unharmed, burned the aircraft, but was taken prisoner three days later.
ROULLAND
Lieutenant
Observer
BONNET
Corporal
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Rennes
35 - Ille et Vilaine
August 28, 1939
Attigny
08 - Ardennes
September 19, 1939
Cuers-Pierrefeu
83 - Var
October 22, 1939
Fayence
83 - Var
March 22, 1939
Attigny
08 - Ardennes
April 26, 1940
Suippes
51 - Marne
May 15, 1940
Remenécourt
54 - Meuse
May 19, 1940
Mantes-Gassicourt
78 - Yvelines
May 24, 1940
Etrépagny
27 - Eure
May 31, 1940
Evreux-Fauville
27 - Eure
June 9, 1940
Caen-Carpiquet
14 - Carpiquet
June 11, 1940
Voves-Baignolet
28 - Eure et Loir
June 13, 1940
Romorantin
41 - Loir-et-Cher
June 15, 1940
Niort
79 - Deux-Sèvres
June 18, 1940
Landes-De-Bussac
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 19, 1940
Pau Pont-Long
64 - Pyrénées-Atlantiques
June 24, 1940

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Itinerary of the GAO 510

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 510 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 :

  • 7 Potez 390
  • 6 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
5
Staff-Sergeant LUCAS (Combat)
May 27, 1940
Lieutenant NOIRET (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer RAGE (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Lieutenant MARTIN (Combat)
June 8, 1940
Staff-Sergeant GUESNEL (Combat)
June 8, 1940
Crewmen injured
6
Lieutenant DUBOIS (Combat)
May 13, 1940
Captain VOITURIEZ (Combat)
May 13, 1940
Sergeant RIMLINGER (Combat)
May 13, 1940
Master-Corporal MOLINIER (Combat)
May 16, 1940
Staff-Sergeant DESBORDES (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sergeant MENET (Combat)
June 8, 1940
Crewmen Prisoner
5
Staff-Sergeant DESBORDES
June 5, 1940
Sergeant MENET
June 8, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer GIRARD
June 16, 1940
Lieutenant ROULLAND
June 16, 1940
Corporal BONNET
June 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