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Air Observation Group GAO 548


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GAO 548 is attached to the 5th Army within the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAE (East Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 548
Commander ROBERT      
Commander THIBON
     

 


Personnel

 

Pilotes et Membres d'Equipages du Groupe
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
ROBERT
Commander
Commander of Group
     
ROUSSEL Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on April 24, 1940 aboard the Mureaux 115 No.83 hit by the Flak.      
THIBON
Commander
Commander of Group
     
WIBAUX
Sergeant
Pilot
Injured April 24, 1940 aboard the Mureaux 115 No.83 hit by the Flak.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
WIBAUX
Sergeant
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n°83 : Destroyed by the Flak on April 24, 1940. Lieutenant ROUSSEL is killed, and Sergeant WIBAUX is wounded.
ROUSSEL Jean
Lieutenant
Observer

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Fayence
83 - Var
September 3, 1939
Epinal Dogneville
88 - Vosges
October 17, 1939
Le Luc
83 - Var
May 17, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO 548

 

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 548 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 Mureaux 115


Casualties

Crewmen killed
1
Lieutenant ROUSSEL (Combat)
April 24, 1940
Crewmen injured
1
Sergeant WIBAUX (Combat)
April 24, 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