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Air Observation Group GAO 582


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, GAO 582, undergoing transformation and training, is attached to the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAA (Zone d'Aériennes Alpes).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 582
Captain HENRY
     

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BUSSCHAERT Pierre
Sergeant
Pilot
Killed on June 3, 1940 during a training flight: aircraft crashes landing on board Potez 63-11      
CORNU Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Killed on June 3, 1940 during a training flight: aircraft crashes landing on board Potez 63-11      
GRUNINGRE Henri
Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on June 3, 1940 during a training flight: aircraft crashes landing on board Potez 63-11      
HENRI
Captain
Commander of the Group
     

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
BUSSCHAERT Pierre
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° ? : Destroyed by accident on June 3, 1940. The crew is killed.
GRUNINGRE Henri
Lieutenant
Observer
CORNU Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Fez
Morocco
September 3, 1939
Valence Chabreuil
26 - Drôme
May 10, 1940
Connantre
51 - Marne
Juny 1940

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Itinerary of the GAO 582

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 582 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 :

  • ? Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
3
Lieutenant GRUNINGRE (Accident)
Juny 3, 1940
Sergeant BUSSCHAERT (Accident)
Juny 3, 1940
Staff-Sergeant CORNU (Accident)
Juny 3, 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