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Air Observation Group GAO 545


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GAO 545 is attached to the 9th Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 545
Captain DISCORS      

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BOUYAY Sergeant Machine Gunner On May 14, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No. 621 was destroyed following a fight against 9 Me109: The pilot managed to pose in the countryside his aircraft in flame. The crew is unscathed      
DELOVE Captain Observer On May 14, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No. 621 was destroyed following a fight against 9 Me109: The pilot managed to pose in the countryside his aircraft in flame. The crew is unscathed      
DISCORS Captain Commander of the Group      
DUBOIS Stéphane Pilot

Patented Pilot on March 5th, 1937, he is assigned to the GAR 525 at St Jean D'Angély before joining the GAO 545. He will be transferred to GAO 590 based in Gabès (Tunisia), after the Armistice

     
PERNE Sub-Lieutenant Pilot On May 14, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 621 was destroyed following a fight against 9 Me109: The Sub-Lieutenant PERNE succeeded in posing in the countryside his aircraft in flame. The crew is unscathed      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew PERNE
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 621 : Destroyed following an aerial combat on May 14, 1940. His crew is unscathed
DELOVE
Captain
Observer
BOUYAY
Sergeant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Auxerre
89 - Yonne
September 3, 1939
Metz
57 - Moselle
September 10, 1939
Jouaville
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
September 26, 1939
Fayence
83 - Var
October 21, 1939
Valence Chabeuil
26 - Drôme
March 20, 1940
Denain Prouvy
59 - Nord
April 16, 1940
Dieppe - Saint-Aubin
76 - Seine-Maritime
May 19, 1940
Orléans Bricy
45 - Loiret
May 21, 1940
Bordeaux Mérignac
33 - Gironde
June 06, 1940

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Itinerary of the GAO 545

 

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 545 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 63-11

 


Casualties

The GAO 545 did not have any casualties to deplore during the campaign of France.

 


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