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Air Observation Group GAO 515


Historical

On May 10, 1940, GAO 515 is attached to the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (Northern Air Operations Area) as a Reserve Group.


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 515
Commander FESNEAU
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BARON Charles
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 19, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 730 was damaged by the Flak. Sergeant BARON, unscathed, managed to put his aircraft in the field near an ambulance to evacuate his Observer seriously wounded.      
BECKER Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 19, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 730 was damaged by the Flak. The pilot managed to put his aircraft in the field near an ambulance to evacuate his Observer, Lieutenant BECKER seriously injured.      
BERDELLOU
Sub-lieutenant
Pilot
 
 
BESSET Georges
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
       
CORNET Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
       
DORSINFANG Georges
Captain
Pilot
       
EDMOND Guy
Captain
Observer
 
 
FESNEAU
Commander
Commander of the Group
     
FRANCOU Jacques
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
       
GAUZE
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 19, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 730 was damaged by the Flak. The pilot successfully landed his aircraft near an ambulance to evacuate his seriously wounded Observer. Sergeant GAUZE is unscathed.      
GUELLEC Louis
Master-Corporal
Machine Gunner
 
 
LAHAYE Marie
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
     
LANEYRIE Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
     
MILLION Henri
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
       
MOURAREAU Toussaint
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
       
PRESSARD Armand
Captain
Observer
       
ROUSSEAU René
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
       
TEXIER Jean
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
       
VAILLAT André
Sergeant
Radio - Machine-Gunner
     

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
BERDELLOU
Sub-lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 377
EDMOND
Captain
Observer
GUELLEC
Master-Corporal
Machine Gunner
Crew
BARON
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 730 :damaged by the flak on June 19, 1940. The pilot managed to land his plane in the field near an ambulance to evacuate his Observer, Lieutenant BECKER, seriously injured
BECKER
Lieutenant
Observer
GAUZE
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
VAILLAT
Sergeant
Potez 63-11 n° 641 : Present in Connantre on juny 1940.
LAHAYE
Sub-Lieutenant
LANEYRIE
Lieutenant

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Connantre
25 - Doubs
September 3, 1939
Château-Thierry
90 - Territoire de Belfort
May 23, 1940
Voves-Bagnolet
80 - Somme
Juny 11, 1940
Romorantin
25 - Doubs
Juny 14, 1940
Sainte-Gemme
01 - Ain
Juny 17, 1940
Bordeaux-Mérignac
42 - Loire
Juny 23, 1940
Moissac
43 - Haute-Loire
Juny 24, 1940

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Itinerary of the GAO 515

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 515 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 Potez 25 TOE
  • 1 Mureaux 117 R2
  • 5 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen Injured
1
Lieutenant BECKER (Combat)
juny 19, 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