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Group of Bombardment of Assault GBA II/51

Golden Book of the 51st Wing

 
3rd Squadron (SAL 4)
4th Squadron (39eme RAO)


Historical

Born GB II / 51, he became GBA II / 51 when he joined the Bombardment Assault December 15, 1939.

On April 15, 1940, the 6th Bombardment Brigade and its Wings are disbanded, and the GBA II / 51, formerly owned by 51 Wing, is now attached to Group No. 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 latter Group therefore receives the staff of GBA II / 51, which will be dissolved on August 15, 1940.


Staff

Commanders of the group GBA II/51
Commander MATHIEU
December 14, 1939
 
Commander DAVOUT D'AUERSTAEDT
December 15, 1939
August 15, 1940
 
Commander of the 3rd Squadron
Captain DEBAISE
December 14, 1939
 
Captain VILLEDIEU René
December 15, 1939
August 15, 1940
 
Commander of the 4th Squadron
Captain PERNET
April 11, 1940
 
Captain NICOT Jean
April 12, 1940
August 15, 1940
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
ANCELIN
Sergeant
Pilot
- The Breguet 693 No. 44 severely hit by Me109 30 May 30, 1940, will be destroyed.The crew is unscathed.
- On June 7, 1940, the Breguet 693 Nb 77 severely damaged by the flak, crashes landing on return on his land. The crew is unscathed.
- On June 12, 1940, Breguet 693 No. 68 was shot down by the Flak on June 12, 1940. Sergeant ANCELIN is unharmed.
     
BEDA Pierre
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 5, 1940, the Breguet 693 No. 40 was shot down by Me109. The crew is injured.
   
BONNARDEL
Lieutenant
Pilot
On December 15, 1939, the Bloch MB 210 No. 183, caught by the frost, crashes during a flight of displacement. Lieutenant BONNARDEL is badly burned.
     
BOUVET Henri
Chief Warrant Officer
Crew Chief
On December 15, 1939, the Bloch MB 210 No. 183, caught by the frost, crashes during a flight of displacement. Chief Warrant Officer BOUVET is killed.
   
BRIANCON Pierre
Sergeant
Pilot
The Potez 633 No. 24R was shot down by the Flak on May 22, 1940. Sergeant BRIANCON was killed.
   
BRUCKHARDT
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
On May 22, 1940, during the attack of a German column, the Potez 633 No. 26R, hit by the Flak, was finally shot down by Me109. The crew, unharmed, is taken prisoner
     
CHAILLON
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 6, 1940, a Breguet 691 was accidentally destroyed on landing on the return from a training flight. Staff-Sergeant CHAILLON is unscathed.
     
COLLE
Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 22, 1940, during the attack of a German column, the Potez 633 No. 26R, hit by the Flak, was finally shot down by Me109. The crew, unharmed, is taken prisoner
     
COLLOMBET
Lieutenant
Pilot
- On May 26, 1940, a Potez 633 hit by the Flak crashed on landing and the crew was unscathed.
- On June 6, 1940, a Breguet 691 was accidentally destroyed on landing when returning from a training flight. Lieutenant COLLOMBET is injured.
- When returning from a mission, the Breguet 693 Nb 48, damaged by the Flak on June 8, 1940, crashed on landing. Lieutenant COLLOMBET is unharmed.
     
COUDERT
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
     
DE-BAUGNIES-DE-SAINT-MARCEAUX Gaston
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On June 5, 1940, the Breguet 693 No. 40 was shot down by Me109. The crew is injured.
   
DAVOUT D'AUERSTAEDT Léopold
Commander
Cder of Group
Pilot
The Breguet 693 Nb 51, accident in Orléans-Bricy on June 20, 1940, will be abandoned on the spot. the crew is unscathed.
   
DEBAISE
Captain
Cder 3rd Sqn.
     
DES COURTIS
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
- Returning from a mission, the Breguet 693 No. 52, damaged by the Flak on June 8, 1940, crashes on landing: the crew is unscathed.
- On June 9, 1940, the Breguet 693 No. 49 is shot down by 9 Me109. Sergeant DES-COURTIS, unharmed, is taken prisoner. "
     
DUPOND
Sergeant
Pilot
The Potez 633 No. 34R was shot down by the Flak on May 20, 1940. He made a makeshift landing in the field. The crew, unharmed, is taken prisoner.
     
DU-TERTRE
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
The Breguet 693 Nb 80 severely hit by german fightersing on June 14, 1940, crashes on landing: The Sub-Lieutenant DU-TERTRE is unscathed.
     
GAILLARD Paul
Caporal
Machine Gunner 
On April 11, 1940, Bloch MB 210 No. 181, crashed on takeoff. Corporal GAILLARD is killed.
   
GODINEAU
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 Nb 61 severely damaged by Me109 on June 5, 1940, crashed back on his land. The Corporal Corporal GODINEAU is seriously injured.
     
GUEGAJEN
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 Nb 51, accident in Orléans-Bricy on June 20, 1940, will be abandoned on the spot. the crew is unscathed.
     
HANRAS
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Potez 633 No. 24R was shot down by the Flak on May 22, 1940. Sergeant HANRAS parachuted and taken prisoner.
     
HEGRON Edouard
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
"- The Potez 633 No. 27R is damaged by german fighters on May 26, 1940. The aircraft will be destroyed later.The crew is unscathed.
- The Breguet 693 n ° 72 is shot down by the Flak on June 12, 1940. The crew is unharmed. "
   
HERVIER Paul
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
"- On May 26, 1940, a Potez 633 hit by the Flak crashed on landing and the crew was unscathed.
 - When returning from a mission, the Breguet 693 Nb 48, damaged by the Flak on June 8, 1940, crashed on landing. Chief Warrant Officer HERVIER is injured.
- The Breguet 693 n ° 72 is shot down by the Flak on June 12, 1940. The crew is unharmed. "
   
IRZEN François
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
- May 21, 1940, the Potez 633 No. 36R severely hit by the flak, crashes on landing on his land.The crew is unscathed.
 - June 14, 1940, the Breguet 693 Nb 81, badly damaged by a Me109, crashes on landing: Adjutant IZERN is seriously injured.
   
LACROIX
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
The Potez 633 No. 34R was shot down by the Flak on May 20, 1940. He made a makeshift landing in the field. The crew, unharmed, is taken prisoner.
     
LAMY
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
- The Breguet 693 No. 44 severely hit by Me109 30 May 30, 1940, will be destroyed. The crew is unscathed.
- On June 7, 1940, the Breguet 693 Nb 77 severely damaged by the flak, crashes landing on return on his land. The crew is unscathed.
- On June 12, 1940, Breguet 693 No. 68 was shot down by the Flak on June 12, 1940. Sergeant LAMY was wounded.
     
LE-GOFF
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
The Breguet 693 Nb 61 severely damaged by Me109 on June 5, 1940, crashed back on his land. Sergeant Chief LE-GOFF is unscathed.
     
LOMBARD
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Potez 633 No. 27R was damaged by German fighters on May 26, 1940. The aircraft was destroyed later. The crew is unscathed.
     
LUCAS jean
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner 
On December 15, 1939, the Bloch MB 210 No. 183, caught by the frost, crashes during a flight of displacement. Master Corporal LUCAS is killed.
   
MALOUET Maurice
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
The Breguet 693 Nb 80 severely hit by German fighters on June 14, 1940, crashes on landing: Master Corporal MALOUET is seriously injured.
   
MATHIEU
Commander
Cder of Group
     
MAUREL Fernand
Lieutenant
Pilot
During an attack of tanks, the Breguet 693 n ° 69 is shot down by Me109 on June 9, 1940: the crew is killed.
     
NICOT Jean
Captain
Cder 4th Sqn.
Pilot
- May 21, 1940, Potez 633 No. 36R severely hit by the flak, crashes landing on his ground. The crew is unscathed.
- June 14, 1940, the Breguet 693 Nb 81, badly damaged by a Me109, crashes on landing: Captain NICOT is unscathed.
   
PERNET Michel
Captain
Cder 4th Sqn.
Crew Chief
On April 11, 1940, Bloch MB 210 No. 181, crashed on takeoff. The PERNET captain is killed.
     
PONSOT Paul
Sergeant
Mécanicien
On April 11, 1940, Bloch MB 210 No. 181, crashed on takeoff. Sergeant PONSOT is killed.
   
ROCHAIS Paul
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
During an attack of tanks, the Breguet 693 n ° 69 is shot down by Me109 on June 9, 1940: the crew is killed.
     
ROLLAND
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
- May 30, 1940, the Potez 633 No. 17G is shot down by 5 Me109. Second Lieutenant ROLLAND is unharmed.
- On the return of a mission, the Breguet 693 n ° 52, damaged by the Flak on June 8, 1940, crashes on landing: the crew is unscathed.
- On June 9, 1940, the Breguet 693 No. 49 is shot down by 9 Me109. Second Lieutenant ROLLAND is injured.
     
TRUCHAT
Sergeant
Pilot
     
VIGER
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On May 30, 1940, Potez 633 No. 17G was shot down by 5 Me109. Sergeant VIGER is injured
     
VILLEDIEU René
Captain
Pilot and Cder 3rd Sqn.
   
YVONNON
Sergeant
Pilot
On April 11, 1940, the Bloch MB 210 Nb 181, crashed on takeoff.Sevent YVONNON is seriously injured
     

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Crew
BONNARDEL
Lieutenant
Pilot
Bloch MB 210 n° 183 : Destroyed because of the frost on December 15, 1939 during a trip: The crew is killed and the Lieutenant BONNARDEL is badly burned.
BOUVET Henri
Chief Warrant Officer
Crew Chief
LUCAS jean
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner 
Crew
YVONNON
Sergeant
Pilot
Bloch MB 210 n° 181 : Crashes at take-off on April 11, 1940. The crew is killed, except Sergeant YVONNON who is seriously injured
PERNET Michel
Captain
Crew Chief
PONSOT Paul
Sergeant
Mécanicien
GAILLARD Paul
Caporal
Machine Gunner 
Crew
DUPOND
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 633 n° 34R : Shot down by the Flak on May 20, 1940, he makes a makeshift landing in the field. The crew is taken prisoner.
LACROIX
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
Crew
NICOT
Captain
Pilot
Potez 633 n° 36R : Hit by the flak, he crashed on landing May 21, 1940. The crew is unscathed.
IRZEN
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
Crew
COLLE
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 633 n° 26R : Shot down by the Flak and the German Hunt on May 22, 1940. The crew is taken prisoner
BRUCKHARDT
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
Crew
BRIANCON Pierre
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 633 n° 24R : Shot by Flak May 22, 1940. Sergeant BRIANCON killed. Sergeant HANRAS parachutes and is taken prisoner.
HANRAS
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
COLLOMBET
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 633 n° ? : Hit by the Flak on May 26, 1940, he crashed on landing. The crew is unscathed
HERVIER
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
Crew
HEGRON
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 633 n° 27R : Damaged by German fighters on May 26, 1940. The aircraft will be destroyed later. The crew is unscathed.
LOMBARD
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
ROLLAND
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 633 n° 17G : Shot by german fighters on May 30, 1940. Sergeant VIGER is injured
VIGER
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
ANCELIN
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 44 : Damaged following an air combat May 30, 1940: the crew is unscathed.
LAMY
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DE SAINT-MARCEAUX
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 40 : Shot down by german fighters on June 5, 1940. The crew is wounded.
BEDA
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
LE-GOFF
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 61 : Destroyed following an aerial combat on June 5, 1940. The Corporal Corporal GODINEAU is seriously injured.
GODINEAU
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
Crew
CHAILLON
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 691 n° ? : Accidentally destroyed on June 6, 1940. Lieutenant COLLOMBET is wounded.
COLLOMBET
Lieutenant
Machine Gunner
Crew
ANCELIN
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 77 : Damaged by the flak on June 7, 1940, he crashed on landing: the crew was unscathed.
LAMY
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
ROLLAND
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 52 : Damaged by the Flak on June 8, 1940, he crashed on landing: the crew was unscathed.
DES COURTIS
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
COLLOMBET
Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 48 : Damaged by the Flak on June 8, 1940, he crashed on landing: Chief Warrant Officer HERVIER was injured.
HERVIER
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
Crew
MAUREL Fernand
Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 69 : Shot down by german fighters on June 9, 1940: the crew is killed.
ROCHAIS Paul
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
ROLLAND
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 49 : Shot by german fighters on June 9, 1940: Sub-Lieutenant ROLLAND is wounded, and Sergeant DES-COURTIS is taken prisoner.
DES-COURTIS
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
ANCELIN
Sergeant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 68 : Shot by Flak on June 12, 1940. Sergeant LAMY is injured.
LAMY
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
HEGRON
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 72 : Shot down by Flak on June 12, 1940. The crew is unscathed.
HERVIER
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
Crew
NICOT
Captain
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 81 : Damaged by german fightersing on June 14, 1940, he crashed on landing: Adjutant IZERN was seriously injured.
IZERN
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DU-TERTRE
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 80 : Damaged by german fightersing on June 14, 1940, he crashes on landing: The MALOUET Master Corporal is seriously injured.
MALOUET
Master Corporal
Machine Gunner
Crew
DAVOUT D'AUERSTAEDT
Commander
Pilot
Breguet 693 n° 51 : Damagedin Orleans-Bricy on June 20, 1940, he will be abandoned on the spot. the crew is unscathed.
GUEGAJEN
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Troyes Barberey
10 - Aube
September 1, 1939
Briare
45 - Loiret
October 17, 1939
Vinon sur Verdon
83 - Var
December 15, 1939
Salon-De-Provence
13 - Bouches du Rhône
April 27, 1940
Etampes-Montdesir
91 - Essone
May 19, 1940
Pithiviers Dadonville
45 - Loiret
May 24, 1940
Orléans-Bricy
45 - Loiret
June 2, 1940
Bouard
28 - Eure et Loir
June 4, 1940
Orléans-Bricy (3ieme Esc)
45 - Loiret
June 11, 1940
Orléans Bricy (3ieme et 4ieme Esc.)
45 - Loiret
June 12, 1940
Saint-Jean d'Angély (3ieme Esc.)
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 14, 1940
Saint-Jean d'Angély (3ieme et 4ieme Esc. )
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 15, 1940
Châteauroux (3ieme Esc.)
36 - Chateauroux
June 16, 1940
La Rochelle La Jarne (4ieme Esc.)
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 17, 1940
Lézignan (3ieme Esc.)
11 - Aude
June 19, 1940
Bordeaux Mérignac 3ieme Esc / Lézignan 4ieme Esc.
33 - Gironde
June 20, 1940
Landes-De-Bussac (4ieme Esc.)
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 21, 1940
Bordeaux-Mérignac (3ieme et 4ieme Esc.)
33 - Gironde
June 22, 1940
Toulouse Francazal (3ieme Esc.)
31 - Haute-Garonne
June 23, 1940
Toulouse Francazal (3ieme et 4ieme Esc.)
31 - Haute-Garonne
June 24, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GBA II/51

 

 


Aircrafts

The GBA II/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 Potez 540
  • 2 bloch MB210
  • 7 Potez 633
  • 15 Breguet 693
  • 1 Breguet 695

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
8
Chief Warrant Officer BOUVET (Accident)
December 15, 1939
Master Corporal LUCAS (Accident)
December 15, 1939
Captain PERNET (Accident)
April 11, 1940
Sergeant PONSOT (Accident)
April 11, 1940
Caporal GAILLARD (Accident)
April 11, 1940
Sergeant BRIANCON (Combat)
May 22, 1940
Lieutenant MAUREL (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Staff-Sergeant ROCHAIS (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Crewmen injured
12
Lieutenant BONNARDEL (Accident)
December 15, 1939
Sergeant YVONNON (Accident)
April 11, 1940
Sergeant VIGER (Combat)
May 30, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant DE-SAINT-MARCEAUX (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sergeant BEDA (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Master Corporal GODINEAU (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Lieutenant COLLOMBET (Accident)
June 6, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer HERVIER (Combat)
June 8, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant ROLLAND (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Sergeant LAMY (Combat)
June 12, 1940
Adjutant IZERN (Combat)
June 14, 1940
Master Corporal MALOUET (Combat)
June 14, 1940
Crewmen prisoners
5
Sergeant DUPOND
May 20, 1940
Master Corporal LACROIX
May 20, 1940
Lieutenant COLLE
May 22, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant BRUCKHARDT
May 22, 1940
Sergeant DES-COURTIS
June 9, 1940

 


Sources

- Mr FERRERO Didier who kindly shared with me the Golden Book of 51st Wing
- 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