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Group of Bombardment of Assault GBA II/35

3rd Squadron
4th Squadron


Historical

On March 20, 1940, GB II / 35 was assigned to Assault Aviation and became GBA II / 35. On May 10, 1940, the GBA II / 35 belongs to the Groupement n° 19 of the Southeast Bombardment Aviation Training Group of the ZOAA (Alpine Air Operations Zone).

However, in the face of GBA losses in combat, the GBA II / 35 is removed from active units to provide support to the other four Assault Aviation Groups. The GBA I / 54 receives 15 crews and 4 Breguet 691, the GBA II / 54 receives him 10 crews. The band is dissolved on August 30, 1940.


Staff

Commanders of the group GBA II/35
Commander FERIGOULE  
Commander of the 3rd Squadron
Captain PETITGUILLAUME Henri
May 20, 1940
 
Lieutenant RENDU
May 21, 1940
August 30, 1940
 
Commander of the 4th Squadron
Captain DESCLERC Abel
May 18, 1940
 
Lieutenant MURGUET Robert
May 19, 1940
May 20, 1940
 
Lieutenant ZOCCOLAT

May 21, 1940

August 30, 1940
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
ANTOINE
Lieutenant
On June 16, 1940, the Breguet 691 N°49 crashes accidentally on landing during a trip: the crew is killed.      
ARTOLA
Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner
The Breguet 691 n° 39 is shot down on May 18, 1940 by 10 Me109. The crew, unharmed is made prisoner      
BARTERE
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
         
BELOGROTE Raymond
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 8, 1940, the Breguet 691 n° 57 crashes by accident during a training flight : At take-off, Sergeant BELOGROTE, a young pilot just out of the Istres School, has switched his propeller from low pitch to high pitch too quickly, thus choking his engines : the aircraft crashes to the ground.
The unreliable Breguet 691 n°57 was in the process of being reformed. Sergeant BELOGROTE asked to make a last test, and asked that the machine gunner be replaced by sandbags. Sergeant BELOGROTE was the only victim of the accident.
At the time of his burial, his comrades flew over the Church and the cemetery for a last homage...
Source Mme M MOINDREAU and Mr A. BELOGROTE.

Born on 19 September 1920 in Boulancourt (77 - Seine et Marne) Killed on 8 June 1940 by accident in Chateauroux (36 - Indre)

 
BRUNET Flix
Flix
     
CHARBONNIER Marcel
Sergeant
Mecchanic
On December 3, 1939, the Amiot 143 n°110, caught in the mist, crashes into a Jura furs. Sergeant CHARBONNIER is the only survivor. Born on September 1st, 1914 at Lyon (69 - Rhône)
CHEVALIER René
Chief-Warrant Officer
Pilot
2nd Sqn..
Born in Trevoux in the Ain. He enters in 1938, as a military pilot student at Ambérieu en Bugey, and at the Caudron school. He was certified as a pilot in 1939, he entered the Istres School and was posted in May to the GBA II/35 until August 1940, before being transferred to the GB I/31.      
DESCLERC Abel
Captain
Cder 4th Sqn.
     
DURAND
Sergeant
Pilot
  Assigned to the Group in May 1940, after completing his pilot training at the Istres school.      
EMINET
Staff-Sergeant
           
FAUCARD Robert
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On December 3, 1939, the Amiot 143 n°110, caught in the mist, crashes into a Jura furs. Staff Sergeant FAUCARD is killed. Born on May 4, 1916 at Cornusse (18 - Cher)    
FERIGOULE
Commander
Cder Group
     
GERAUD Pierre
Adjutant
Pilot
The Breguet 691 n° 39 is shot down on May 18, 1940 by 10 Me109. The crew, unharmed is made prisoner    
GOHON Bernard
Sergeant
Pilot
  Assigned to the Group in May 1940, after completing his pilot training at the Istres school.      
KRUMENACKER
     
LEBRUN Roger
Sub-Lieutenant
Crew Chef
On December 3, 1939, the Amiot 143 n°110, caught in the mist, crashes into a Jura furs. Sub-Lieutenant LEBRUN is killed. Born on February 22, 1915 at Versailles (78 - Yvelines)    
MEISTER Georges
Pilot
  Became a pilot in 1938 by following the Popular Aviation course. In April 1938, he joined the French Air Force and joined the CPAP of Aulnat where he obtained his military pilot's licence and joined GB II/35 on 6 August 1939.      
MOISSELIN Gérard
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On December 3, 1939, the Amiot 143 n°110, caught in the mist, crashes into a Jura furs. Sergeant MOISSELIN is killed. Born on November 26, 1919 at Reims (51 - Marne    
MURGUET Robert
Lieutenant
Cder 4th Sqn.
     
PASQUIER Armand
Sergeant
Pilot
On December 3, 1939, the Amiot 143 n°110, caught in the mist, crashes into a Jura furs. Sergeant PASQUIER is killed. Born on November 3, 1916 at Samoens (74 - Haute-Savoie)    
PECASTAIN
Lieutenant
Pilot
         
PETITGUILLAUME Henri
Captain
Cder 3rd Sqn.
     
POULITOU
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On June 3, 1940, the Breguet 691 N°60 was destroyed by accident during a training flight: the crew was killed.      
RENDU
Lieutenant
Cder 3rd Sqn.
     
SIMON
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 3, 1940, the Breguet 691 N°60 was destroyed by accident during a training flight: the crew was killed.      
THONIN
Sergeant
On June 16, 1940, the Breguet 691 N°49 crashes accidentally on landing during a trip: the crew is killed.      
TODOLI
Chief Warrant Officer
On June 16, 1940, the Breguet 691 N°49 crashes accidentally on landing during a trip: the crew is killed.    
ZOCCOLAT
Lieutenant
Cder 4th Sqn.
     

 


Mechanics

Group Mechanics
Name
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Photo
BRUMIER
Staff-Sergeant
Mechanic
 
CHETAIL
Sergeant
Mechanic
 

 


Récits

Names
Photos
Descriptive
Sergeant Marcel CHARBONNIER
Source Mrs Josyane ROUSSEL, daughter of Sergeant Marcel CHARBONNIER

 

 

 

 


Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Photo
Crew PASQUIER Armand
Sergeant
Pilot
Amiot 143 n° 110 : During a reconnaissance flight in the night of December 2nd to 3rd 1939, the aircraft hit the ground in the Forest of "La Joux" (Jura) because of the fog. The crew was killed except for Sergeant CHARBONNIER, who was ejected at 35 meters altitude when the aircraft hit the trees. In the "Stories" section of this page, an extract of Sergeant Charbonnier's account (Source Mme Roussel, his daughter)
LEBRUN Roger
Sub-Lieutenant
Crew Chef
CHARBONNIER Marcel
Sergeant
Mecchanic
FAUCARD Robert
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
MOISSELIN Gérard
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew GERAUD
Adjutant
Pilot
Breguet 691 n° 39 :Shot down by German fighters on May 18, 1940. The crew unscathed is taken prisoner  
ARTOLA
Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner
Crew SIMON
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 691 n° 60 : Destroyed by accident on June 3, 1940 during a training flight: the crew is killed.  
POULITOU
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew BELOGROTE
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 691 n° 57 : On June 8, 1940, the Breguet 691 n° 57 crashes by accident during a training flight : At take-off, Sergeant BELOGROTE, a young pilot just out of the Istres School, has switched his propeller from low pitch to high pitch too quickly, thus choking his engines : the aircraft crashes to the ground.
The unreliable Breguet 691 n°57 was in the process of being reformed. Sergeant BELOGROTE asked to make a last test, and asked that the machine gunner be replaced by sandbags. Sergeant BELOGROTE was the only victim of the accident.
At the time of his burial, his comrades flew over the Church and the cemetery for a last homage...
Source Mme M MOINDREAU and Mr A. BELOGROTE
 
Crew TODOLI
Chief Warrant Officer
 
Breguet 691 n° 49 : Crashes accidentally on landing during a trip: the crew is killed.  
ANTOINE
Lieutenant
THONIN
Sergeant

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Pontarlier
25 - Doubs
September 3, 1939
Marigny-Le-Grand
51 - Marne
January 17, 1940
Briare
45 - Loiret
March 21, 1940
Châteauroux-La-Martinerie
36 - Indre
May 21, 1940
Bourgneuf La Rochelle
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 16, 1940
Bordeaux-Mérignac
33 - Gironde
June 19, 1940
Landes-De-Bussac
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 19, 1940
Mont-De-Marsan
40 - Landes
June 23, 1940
Toulouse-Francazal
31 - Haute-Garonne
June 26, 1940
Istres-Pt de Buc
13 - Bouches du Rhône
June 29, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GBA II/35

 


Aircrafts

The GBA II/35 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 :

  • 2 Amiot 143
  • 1 Mureaux 115
  • 4 Breguet 691
  • 5 Breguet 693


Casualties

Crewmen killed
10
Sub-Lieutenant LEBRUN (Accident)
December 3,1939
Sergeant PASQUIER (Accident)
December 3,1939
Staff-Sergeant FAUCARD (Accident)
December 3,1939
Sergeant MOISSELIN (Accident)
December 3,1939
Staff-Sergeant POULITOU (Accident)
June 3, 1940
Staff-Sergeant SIMON (Accident)
June 3, 1940
Sergeant BELOGROTE (Accident)
June 8, 1940
Lieutenant ANTOINE (Accident)
June 16, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer TODOLI (Accident)
June 16, 1940
Sergeant THONIN (Accident)
June 16, 1940
Crewmen injured
1
Sergeant CHARBONNIER (Accident)
December 3,1939
Crewmen prisoners
2
Lieutenant ARTOLA
May 18, 1940
Adjutant GERAUD
May 18, 1940

 


Sources

- Mrs Josyane ROUSSEL, daughter of Sergeant Marcel CHARBONNIER
- Mrs Martine MOINDREAU and Mr Arnaud BELOGROTE, respectively niece and little cousin of Sergeant Raymond BELOGROTE
- 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