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Air Observation Group GAO 511


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Historical

GAR 511 (Groupement Aérien Régional) is the military evolution of the Centre Aérien Régional which was based at Château-Bougon, Nantes airport, on 15 June 1937.
On 2 September 1938, GAR 511 became GAO 511, which was disbanded on 12 July 1940, in Pau, where the unit was found after having experienced fire at Villers-les-Guise and Signy-le-Petit, then after the descent southwards at the time of the debacle and the Armistice.
On May 10, 1940, the GAO 511 is attached to the 9th Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 511
Commander MAINGUY
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
DE-LA-ROCQUE Jean-François
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Killed on May 13, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 288 shot down by the Flak.      
DE SORBIER DE POUGNADORESSE Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
       
FAGET
Sergeant
Pilot
     
GESSIAUME Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner
Killed on May 13, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 288 shot down by the Flak.      
GOURDIN-SERVENIERE
Sergeant
Pilot
     
LAFOND Gilbert
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
       
MAINGUY
Commander
Commander du Groupe
     
PEIGNE René
Captain
Observer
Killed on May 13, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 288 shot down by the Flak.  
 
ROBIC Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
       

 

 


Mechanics

Group Mechanics
Names
Rank
Function
Information
Photo
GUIHENEUF Auguste
Staff-Sergeant
Radio-Mechanic
The staff sergeant Auguste GUIHENEUF carried out the whole French Campaign within the GAO 511 before being demobilised.
After the Liberation, he gave "sound reading" courses for the Air Force at Château-Bougon airport.
He ended his career as Inspector of Technical Education in the Academy of Nantes.
PICHOT
Staff-Sergeant
Mechanic ?
Staff Sergeant PICHOT of GAO 511 appearing on a photo next to the Mechanic Staff Sergeant Auguste GUIHENEUF, I made the hypothesis that he is himself a Mechanic, but that remains to be confirmed.
VIARD
Staff-Sergeant
Mechanic ?
Staff Sergeant VIARD of GAO 511 appearing on a photo next to the Mechanic Staff Sergeant Auguste GUIHENEUF, I made the hypothesis that he is himself a Mechanic, but that remains to be confirmed.

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
DE-LA-ROCQUE Jean-François
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 288 :Shot down by the Flak on May 13, 1940. The crew is killed.
PEIGNE René
Captain
Observer
GESSIAUME Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Nantes
44 - Loire-Atlantique
September 3, 1939
Lesquielles-Saint-Germain
02 - Aisne
September 21, 1939
Le Cannet-Des-Maures
83 - Var
October 24, 1939
Sisteron Thèze
04 - Alpes Haute-Provence
December 8, 1939
Monceau-Le-Waast
02 - Aisne
March 29, 1940
Villers-lès-Guise
02 - Aisne
April 11, 1940
Versigny
89 - Yonne
May 11, 1940
Beaulieu
?
May 13, 1940
Chéry-les-Pouilly
02 - Aisne
May 14, 1940
Bouresches
02 - Aisne
May 16, 1940
Tours Mettray
14 - Carpiquet
May 18, 1940
Bordeaux-Mérignac
33 - Gironde
June 06, 1940
Denguin
64 - Pyrénées-Atlantiques
June 18, 1940

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Itinerary of the GAO 511

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 511 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 :

  • 6 Potez 390
  • 1 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
3
Captain PEIGNE (Combat)
May 13, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant DE-LA-ROCQUE (Combat)
May 13, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant GESSIAUME (Combat)
May 13, 1940

 


Sources

- Mr Pascal GUIHENEUF - Staff Sergeant Auguste GUIHENEUF was his paternal Grandfather
- 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