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Air Observation GroupGAO 518


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GAO 518 is attached to the 2nd Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 518
Commander MONTAUDIE Jean      

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
AMARGER
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Wounded on May 15, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 601 attacked by Me109. However, the pilot managed to bring back his aircraft, severely damaged on the ground      
ARINO Joseph
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
Killed on May 15, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 601 attacked by Me109. The pilot managed to bring back his aircraft, which was badly damaged on the ground.      
DELPECH
Staff-Sergent
Pilot
Wounded May 21, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 630 shot down by 5 Me109 ..      
DUBOSCQ
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Disappeared during a trip between Grenoble and Saint Raphael aboard in Breguet 27 on 24 November 1939      
FRANTZ Robert
Lieutenant
Observer
Wounded May 21, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 630 shot down by 5 Me109 ..      
GADOFFRE
Sergeant
Observer
Disappeared during a trip between Grenoble and Saint Raphael aboard in Breguet 27 on 24 November 1939      
LEYNAUD Georges
Staff-Sergent
Pilot
Killed aboard the Potez 63-11 No. 382 shot by German Fighters on June 15, 1940.      
MONEL
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 15, 1940 the Potez 63-11 No. 601 is attacked by Me109. The pilot managed to bring back his aircraft, which was badly damaged on the ground. Lieutenant MONEL is unharmed.      
MONTAUDIE
Commander
Observer
His aircraft,Breguet 27 No. 64, was destroyed at Landing on 14 September 1939. The crew was unharmed      
PENCLAUD
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
His aircraft, Breguet 27 No. 64, was destroyed at Landing on 14 September 1939. The crew was unharmed      
RIGAL Marcel
Staff-Sergent
Machine Gunner
Killed on May 21, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 630 shot down by 5 Me109.      
ROBERT Marius
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed aboard the Potez 63-11 No. 382 shot by German fighters on June 15, 1940.      
SAINTES-MARIE Roland
Staff-Sergent
Machine Gunner
Severely burned aboard Potez 63-11 No. 382 shot by German fighters on June 15, 1940.      
TERRAL
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Seriously wounded on June 15, 1940 following an air fight aboard a Mureaux 115, the pilot still manages to put his aircraft in the field.      
TIXERAND
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Wounded on June 15, 1940 following an air fight aboard a Mureaux 115: his pilot, Sub-Lieutenant TERRAL, seriously wounded, still managed to put his camera in the field.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
PENCLAUD
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Breguet 27 n° 64 : Destroyed at Landing on September 14, 1939. His crew is unharmed
MONTAUDIE
Commander
Observer
Crew
DUBOSCQ
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 27 n° ? : Aircraft disappeared on November 24, 1939 during a trip between Grenoble and Saint-Raphael: The crew is missing.
GADOFFRE
Sergeant
Observer
Crew
AMARGER
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 601 : Destroyed following an aerial combat on May 15, 1940. The pilot managed to land, but the ARINO Sub-Lieutenant was killed. Sub- Lieutenant AMARGER is injured, and Lieutenant MONEL is unharmed
MONEL
Lieutenant
Observer
ARINO Joseph
Sub-Lieutenant
  Machine Gunner
Crew
DELPECH
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Portez 63-11 n° 630 : Shot down by the German Fighters May 21, 1940. Sergeant RIGAL is killed. Lieutenant FRANTZ and Staff Sergeant DELPECH are injured
FRANTZ
Lieutenant
Observer
RIGAL Marcel
Staff-Sergeant
 Machine Gunner
Crew
LEYNAUD Georges
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Portez 63-11 n° 382 : Shot down by German Fighters on June 15, 1940. Staff-Sergeant LAYNAUD and Lieutenant ROBERT are killed. Staff-Sergeant SAINTES-MARIE is seriously injured.
ROBERT Marius
Lieutenant
Observer
SAINTES-MARIE Roland
Staff-Sergeant
  Machine Gunner
Crew
TERRAL
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n° ? : Severely damaged by German Fighters on June 15, 1940, the pilot poses it in campaign. Sub-Lieutenant TIXERAND and TERRAL are injured, the latter more seriously.
TIXERAND
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Bordeaux
33 - Gironde
September 3, 1939
Chambley-Bussières Hageville
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
September 14, 1939
Grenoble Eybens
38 - Isère
October 21, 1939
Sardieu
38 - Isère
March 28, 1940
Challerange
08 - Ardennes
April 20, 1940
Chatel-Chéhéry
08 - Ardennes
May 14, 1940
Remicourt
Belgique
May 17, 1940
La Perthe
51 - Marne
Juny 11, 1940
Châtillon-sur-Seine
21 - Côte d'Or
Juny 13, 1940
Agen La Garenne
47 - Lot et Garonne
Juny 16, 1940
Moissac
82 - Tarn et Garonne
Juny 19, 1940
Montpellier Fréjorgues
34 - Hérault
Juny 21, 1940

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Itinerary of the GAO 518

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 518 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 :

  • 2 Breguet 27
  • 6 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
6
Sub-lieutenant DUBOSCQ (Disparu)
November 24, 1939
Sergant GADOFFRE (Disparu)
November 24, 1939
Sub-Lieutenant ARINO (Combat)
May 15, 1940
Staff-Sergeant RIGAL (Combat)
May 21, 1940
Staff-Sergeant LEYNAUD (Combat)
Juny 15, 1940
Lieutenant ROBERT (Combat)
Juny 15, 1940
Crewmen injured
6
Sub-Lieutenant AMARGER (Combat)
May 15, 1940
Lieutenant FRANTZ (Combat)
21 Mai 1940
Staff-Sergeant DELPECH (Combat)
May 21, 1940
Sergeant SAINTES-MARIE (Combat)
Juny 15, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant TERRAL (Combat)
Juny 15, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant TIXERAND (Combat)
Juny 15, 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