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Air Observation Group GAO 553


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GAO 553 is attached to the 5th Army within the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAE (East Air Operations Zone).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 553
Captain DE GRIVEL
     

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BACHELOT
Captain
Observer
Wounded on May 16, 1940 aboard a Potez 63-11 hit by the Flak.      
CORSANINI
Lieutenant-Colonel
Observer
On May 12, 1940, his Mureaux 115 is shot down by 2 Me109. He survives unscathed.      
DAVIER Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on September 8, 1939 aboard the 115 Mureaux No.15 shot by German fighters      
DE LAVERGNE
Officer Candidate
Pilot
On February 23, 1940, his aircraft, the Mureaux 115 No.89 is damaged by the Flak: The Officer-Candidate DE-LAVERGNE is unscathed      
DE-GRIVEL
Captain
Commander of the Group
     
GEORGES Charles
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Killed on September 27, 1939 aboard the Mureaux 115 No.6 shot down by 3 Me109. he manages to parachute, but will die during his transport to the hospital.      
HAUTIERE Bernard
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on October 11, 1939 aboard the Mureaux 115 No.12 shot down by 1 Me109.      
JEANDEL
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Wounded on May 16, 1940 aboard a Potez 63-11 hit by the Flak.      
JOUANDEAU
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Wounded May 25, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.77 shot down by 2 Me109.      
KAH Léon
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on May 25, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.77 shot down by 2 Me109.      
LALVEE
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Wounded on October 11, 1939 aboard the Mureaux 115 No.12 shot by 1 Me109: he will be taken prisoner.      
LAPADU-HARGUES Bernard
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on September 27, 1939 aboard the Mureaux 115 No.6 shot down by 3 Me109.      
MELCHIOR Maurice
Officer Candidate
Observer
Wounded on February 23, 1940 aboard the Mureaux 115 No.89 hit by the Flak.      
PIACCENTINI Simon
Lieutenant
Pilot
Killed on September 8, 1939 aboard the 115 Mureaux No.15 shot by German Fighters      
PINGUET
Lieutenant
Pilot
Wounded May 12, 1940 aboard a Mureaux 115 shot by 2 Me109.      
VERCINGER
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Wounded May 25, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No.77 shot down by 2 Me109.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
PIACCENTINI Simon
Lieutenant
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n°15 : destroyed in Air Combat September 8, 1939: the crew is killed.
DAVIER Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
Crew
GEORGES Charles
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n°6 : destroyed in Air Combat on September 27, 1939: the crew is killed.
LAPADU-HARGUES Bernard
Lieutenant
Observer
Crew
LALVEE
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n°12 : Destroyed in air combat on October 11th, 1939. Lieutenant HAUTIERE is killed and Lieutenant LALVEE, wounded, is taken prisoner
HAUTIERE Bernard
Lieutenant
Observer
Crew
DE LAVERGNE
Officer Candidate
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n° 89 : Damaged by Flak on February 23, 1940: Officer Candidate MELCHIOR is injured.
MELCHIOR
Officer Candidate
Observateur
Crew
PINGUET
Lieutenant
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n° ? :Destroyed in air combat on May 12, 1940. Lieutenant PINGUET is wounded
CORSANINI
Lieutenant-Colonel
Observer
Crew
JEANDEL
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° ? : Destroyed by the Flak on May 16, 1940. The crew is wounded
BACHELOT
Captain
Observateur
Crew
JOUANDEAU
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 177 : Destroyed by German Fighters on May 25, 1940. Lieutenant KAH is killed. Chief Warrant Officer JOUANDEAU and Sergeant VERCINGER are injured.
KAH Léon
Lieutenant
Observer
VERCINGER
Sergeant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Sarrebourg Buhl
57 - Moselle
September 3, 1939
Niedernai
67 - Bas-Rhin
September 22, 1939
Epinal Dogneville
88 - Vosges
September 26, 1939
Trois-Maisons (Phlasbourg) Haguenau
57 - Moselle
October 21, 1939
Nancy Azelot
54 - Meurthe et Poselle
April 19, 1940
Epinal Dogneville
88 - Vosges
May 18, 1940
Bourcheid
57 - Moselle
May 20, 1940
Luxeuil-Saint Sauveur
70 - Haute Saône
Juny 13, 1940
Lons-Le-Saulnier Courlaoux
39 - Jura
Juny 14, 1940
Saint-Rambert d'Albon
26 - Drôme
Juny 15, 1940
Béziers
34 - Hérault
Juny 17, 1940
Marignane
13 - Bouches du Rhône
Juny 18, 1940
Perpignan La Salanque
66 - Pyrénées Orientales
Juny 23, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO 553

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 553 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 :

  • 5 Mureaux 115
  • 1 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
6
Lieutenant DAVIER (Combat)
September 8, 1939
Staff-Sergeant PIACCENTINI (Combat)
September 8, 1939
Lieutenant LAMBERT (Combat)
September 28, 1939
Chief Warrant Officer GEORGES (Combat)
September 28, 1939
Lieutenant HAUTIERE (Combat)
October 6, 1939
Lieutenant KAH (Combat)
May 25, 1940
Crewmen injured
7
Sub-Lieutenant LALVEE (Combat)
October 6, 1939
Officer Candidate MELCHIOR (Combat)
February 23, 1940
Lieutenant PINGUET (Combat)
May 12, 1940
Captain BACHELOT (Combat)
May 16, 1940
Staff-Sergeant JEANDEL (Combat)
May 16, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer JOUANDEAU (Combat)
May 25, 1940
Sergeant VERCINGER (Combat)
May 25, 1940
Crewmen Prisoner
1
Sub-Lieutenant LALVEE
October 6, 1939

 


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