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Group of Bombardment of Assault GBA I/51

Golden Book of the 51st Wing

 
1st Squadron (SAL 42)
2nd Squadron (SAL 39)


Historical

Born GB I / 51, he became GBA I / 51 when he joined the Bombardment Assault December 28, 1939.

On April 15, 1940, the 6th Bombardment Brigade and its Wings are disbanded, and GBA I / 51, formerly owned by 51 Wing, is now attached to Group n°19 of the South Bomber Aviation Training Group. East of the ZOAA (Alpine Air Operations Zone).

At the Armistice, only the GBA I / 54 and GBA I / 51 are authorized by the Germans. The 2nd Squadron of the Group thus receives the personnel of the GBA II / 51, dissolved recently.

The group is finally dissolved on December 1st, 1942 on the Orange airfield.


Staff

Commanders of the group GBA I/51
Captain CORNEE September 14, 1939  
Captain LAB
September 15, 1939 December 13, 1939  
Commander BAUDOIN December 14, 1939 May 26, 1940  
Captain BERNARD Georges
May 27, 1940 June 5, 1940  
Captain ROCABOY François
June 6, 1940 October 8, 1940  
Commander of the 1st Squadron
Captain HALLOPEAU
May 30, 1940
Lieutenant LEBOURG Philéas
May 31, 1940 October 8, 1940  
Commander of the 2nd Squadron
Captain LAB
September 14, 1939  
Captain CHOCHEPRAT September 15, 1939 June 5, 1940  
Captain BERNARD Georges June 6, 1940 November 4, 1941  

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
ANCEL
Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°66 was badly damaged by the Flak on May 25, 1940. Lieutenant ANCEL was unharmed.      
BARBRON Bernard
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 n°63 crashes after an aerial combat on June 6, 1940. The Corporal Corporal BARBRON is killed.    
BAUDOIN
Commander
Cder of Group
     
BERNARD Georges
Captain
Cder 2nd Sqn.
then Cder of group
Pilot
On May 20, 1940, his aircraft, Breguet 693 n°65, was damaged by the Flak. He managed, however, to land at the bourget where his Machine Gunner, seriously wounded, is taken care of.    
BOUSQUET Georges
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 6, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°27 was shot down by german fighters. Staff Sergeant BOUSQUET is killed.    
CARQUIN
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On May 25, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°39 was shot down by 5 Me109. Sergeant CARQUIN parachutes himself and is taken prisoner      
CHOCHEPRAT Paul
Captain
Cder 2nd Sqn.
Pilot
The Breguet 693 n°86 is shot down by german fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew is killed.    
CORNEE
Captain
Cder of Group
     
DARRIET Charles
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
On June 8, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°1017 severely hit by the Flak, crashed to the ground. Adjutant DARRIET, seriously wounded, will die the next day.    
DE-CATALANO Erick
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 n°78 was shot down by german fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew was killed.    
DENIS Georges
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 9, 1940, Breguet 693 n°1016 was shot down by the Flak during an armored attack. The crew is killed.    
DOUZET
Soldat
Machine Gunner
On June 13, 1940, his aircraft, a Breguet 693 is shot down by the Flak. The crew is unscathed.      
DROUELLE Eugène
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 25, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°39 was shot down by 5 Me109. The DROUELLE Sub-Lieutenant parachutes himself, but is killed before reaching the ground ...    
ERLY André
Soldat
Machine-Gunner
         
EUGENE Charles
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
1st Sqn.
On May 30th, 1940, the Breguet 693 n ° 74 is shot down by 5 Me109. Staff Sergeant EUGENE is seriously injured.    
FETIVEAU
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 5, 1940, Breguet 693 n°31, damaged by german fighters, crashed while attempting to land. Sergeant FETIVEAU is unharmed      
GENRE
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
On June 10, 1940, Breguet 693 n°38 was shot down by a Me109. The crew is unscathed.      
GIONETTI
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Breguet 693 n°66 was severely damaged by the Flak on May 25, 1940. Sergeant GIONETTI was seriously injured.      
GIRAUDON André
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
On May 22, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°25 was shot down by the Flak during the attack of a motorized column. The crew is killed.    
GUIMBRETIERE
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
Seriously wounded May 20, 1940, aboard the Breguet 693 n°65, damaged by the Flak    
HALLOPEAU Georges
Captain
Cder 1st Sqn.
Pilot
1st Sqn.
On May 30, 1940, the Breguet 693 n ° 74 is shot down by 5 Me109 .. Captain HALLOPEAU is killed.  
JAVELET Jacques
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
     
JONOUX André
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 5, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°31, damaged by german fighters, crashes while attempting to land. Staff-Sergeant JONOUX is wounded.    
LAB
Captain
Cder 2nd Sqn. 
then Cder of Group
     
LATAILLADE Jean-Michel
Lieutenant
Pilot
   
LEBOURG Philéas
Lieutenant
Cder 1st Sqn.
Pilot
On June 7, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°67 was damaged by the Flak during an attack of armored vehicles, and must land retracted train. The crew is unscathed.    
LE COQ DE KERLAND
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 6, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°27 was shot down by german fighters. Sergeant LE-COQ-DE-KERLAND is injured.      
LEFROID Jacques
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
The Breguet 693 n°78 was shot down by german fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew was killed.    
MARPINARD André
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Machine-Gunner
     
MASSE Alfred
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
On June 9, 1940, Breguet 693 n°1016 was shot down by the Flak during an armored attack. The crew is killed.    
METIFEU
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 8, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°1017 severely hit by the Flak, crashed to the ground. Sergeant MITIFEUX is unscathed.
On June 10, 1940, Breguet 693 n°38 was shot down by a Me109. The crew is unscathed.
     
MITARD
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 7, 1940, the Breguet 693 n°67 was damaged by the Flak during an attack of armored vehicles, and must land retracted train. The crew is unscathed.      
NEVRAUMONT Jean
Sergeant
Pilot
- The Breguet 693 n°63 crashes after an aerial combat on June 6, 1940. Sergeant NIEVREMONT is unscathed.
 - On June 13, 1940, his aircraft, a Breguet 693 is shot down by the Flak. The crew is unharmed. "
     
PASCALY Robert
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 n°86 is shot down by german fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew is killed.    
ROCABOY François
Captain
Cder of Group
     
ROSTAND Michel
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 22, 1940, the Breguet 693 No.25 was shot down by the Flak during the attack of a motorized column. The crew is killed.    

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Crew
BERNARD
Captain
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°65 : Damaged by the Flak on May 20, 1940. Sub-Lieutenant GUIMBRETIERE is seriously injured.
GUIMBRETIERE
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
Crew
ROSTAND Michel
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°25 : Shot by the Flak during an attack on a motorized column on May 22, 1940. The crew is killed.
GIRAUDON André
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
Crew
DROUELLE Eugène
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°39 : Shot down by german fighters on May 25, 1940. The Sub-Lieutenant DROUELLE is killed and Sergeant CARQUIN is taken prisoner
CARQUIN
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
ANCEL
Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°66 : Severely damaged by the Flak on May 25, 1940. Sergeant GIONETTI is seriously injured.
GIONETTI
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
HALLOPEAU Georges
Captain
Pilot
1st Sqn.
Breguet 693 n°74 : Shot down by german fighters on May 30, 1940. Captain HALLOPEAU is killed. Staff Sergeant EUGENE is seriously injured.
EUGENE Charles
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
CHOCHEPRAT Paul
Captain
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°86 : Shot down by german fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew is killed.
PASCALY Robert
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
Crew
LEFROID Jacques
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°78 : Shot down by german fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew is killed.
DE-CATALANO Erick
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
FETIVEAU
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°31 : Damaged by hunting on June 5, 1940. Staff-Sergeant JONOUX (Machine Gunner) is injured. Sergeant FETIVEAU is unharmed
JONOUX
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
LE COQ DE KERLAND
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°27 : Shot down by german fighters on June 6, 1940. Sergeant LE-COQ-DE-KERLAND is wounded and Staff-Sergeant BOUSQUET is killed.
BOUSQUET Georges
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
NIEVREMONT
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°63 : Crashes after an aerial combat on June 6, 1940. Sergeant NIEVREMONT is unharmed, but the Corporal Master BARBRON is killed.
BARBRON Bernard
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
Crew
LEBOURG
Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°67 : Damaged by the Flak on June 7, 1940, he lands in gear: the crew is unscathed.
MITARD
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
MITIFEUX
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°1017 : Hit by the Flak, he crashed to the ground on June 8, 1940. Adjutant DARRIET was killed.
DARRIET Charles
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DENIS Georges
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°1016 : Shot down by the Flak on June 9, 1940. The crew is killed.
MASSE Alfred
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
Crew
METIFEU
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°38 : Crashes on June 10th following an air fight: the crew is unscathed.
GENRE
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
Crew
NEVRAUMONT
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n°? : Shot down by the Flak on June 13, 1940. The crew is unscathed.
DOUZET
Soldat
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
La Perthe
51 - Marne
September 3, 1939
Le Luc
83 - Var
December 28, 1939
Salon-De-Provence
13 - Bouches du Rhône
April 27, 1940
Briare
45 - Loiret
May 18, 1940
Etampes Montdésir
91 - Essone
May 19, 1940
Pithiviers Bléville
45 - Loiret
May 26, 1940
Orléans-Bricy
45 - Loiret
June 2, 1940
Saint-Jean D'Angély
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 14, 1940
La Rochelle La Jarne
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 16, 1940
Bordeaux-Mérignac
33 - Gironde
June 19, 1940
Landes De Bussac
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 20, 1940
Lézignan
11 - Aude
June 21, 1940
Toulouse-Francazal
31 - Haute-Garonne
June 21, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GBA I/51

 


Aircrafts

The GBA I/51 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 Bloch 210
  • 1 Potez 633
  • 30 Breguet 693
  • 2 Breguet 695

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
13
Sub-Lieutenant ROSTAND (Combat)
May 22, 1940
Master Corporal GIRAUDON (Combat)
May 22, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant DROUELLE (Combat)
May 25, 1940
Captain HALLOPEAU (Combat)
May 30, 1940
Captain CHOCHEPRAT (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant PASCALY (combat)
June 5, 1940
Staff-Sergeant LEFROID (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sergeant DE-CATALANO (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Staff-Sergeant BOUSQUET (Combat)
June 6, 1940
Master Corporal BARBRON (Combat)
June 6, 1940
Adjutant DARRIET (Combat)
June 8, 1940
Staff-Sergeant DENIS (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Master Corporal MASSE (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Crewmen injured
5
Sub-Lieutenant GUIMBRETIERE (Combat)
May 20, 1940
Sergeant GIONETTI (Combat)
May 25, 1940
Staff-Sergeant EUGENE (Combat)
May 30, 1940
Staff-Sergeant JONOUX (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sergeant LE-COQ-DE-KERLAND (Combat)
June 6, 1940
Crewmen prisoners
1
Sergeant CARQUIN (Combat)
May 25, 1940

 


Sources

- Mrs DULAS Madeleine, daughter of lieutenant Jean-Michel LATAILLADE
- 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