Fighter Group GC I/6

1st Squadron (Ex SPA 96)
2nd Squadron (Ex SPA 12)


Historical

Created in October 1934, GC I / 6 receives its Moranes MS406 at the end of 1938.

The GC I / 6, assigned to the Wing of March, is transferred to AFN March 3, 1938. He returned to France on December 15, 1939, and joined the airfield of Marignane. The Group has left its "Old" Morane in AFN, it receives new aircrafts. After a few weeks of training, he joined the theater of operations in Chissey in the jura.

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GC I / 6 is attached to the Air Forces Reservatives of the ZOAA (Zone d'Aériennes Alpes)

On June 5, 1940, the organization of GC I / 6 is reviewed: all Czech pilots are gathered in the 2nd Squadron under the command of Captain KULHANEK. The French pilots are thus all at the 1st Squadron commanded by second lieutenant RAPHENNE.

The GC I / 6 will finish the Campaign of France with a score of 14 Victories sure and 12 likely. But this at the cost of a very heavy balance sheet with the loss of 12 pilots and 16 wounded.

After the Armistice, the Group was dissolved on August 15, 1940.


Staff

Commanders of the group GC I/6
Commander TRICAUD Georges
September 1, 1939
August 1940
Commanders of the 1st Squadron
Captain MAUVIER François
September 1, 1939
May 18, 1940
 
Sub-Lieutenant DUCHENE-MARULAZ Jacques
May 18, 1940
May 20, 1940
 
Captain SILVESTRE DE SACY Marcel
May 21, 1940
May 21, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant RAPHENNE Henri
May 22, 1940
June 24, 1940
Commanders of the 2nd Squadron
Captain BRUNEAU Henry
September 1, 1939
May 18, 1940
Lieutenant JOLICOEUR
May 19, 1940
June 5, 1940
 
Captain KULHANEK Jaroslav
June 6, 1940
June 19, 1940
 

 


Pilots

Pilots of Group
Names of pilots
Rank
Squadron
Victories
Informations
Photo
Indiv. Card
Sure
Prob.
BENDL Josef
Sergeant
Killed in aerial combat on June 7, 1940
   
BERTRAND Bernard
Sergeant
Killed by accident on April 24, 1940
   
BIEBERLE Frantisek
Lieutenant
1
Czech pilot. Killed in Air Combat May 25, 1940
   
BRUNEAU Henry
Captain
Staff 2nd Sqn.
1
2
Killed May 18, 1940. He crashed voluntarily on a battery of Flak
 
CARRIER André
Adjutant
Transferred to GC I / 3
 
CONTE
Chief Warrant Officer
   
DE-LESTAPIS Jacques
Staff-Sergeant
Killed in aerial combat on June 3, 1940
 
DEMOULIN Roger
Sub-Lieutenant
1
1
 
DUCHENE-MARULAZ Jacques
Sub-Lieutenant
Staff 1st Sqn.
Bléssé in aerial combat May 20, 1940
   
FAJTL Frantisek
Lieutenant
Czech pilot
   
FEYFAR Stanislav
Sub-Lieutenant
2
1
Czech pilot
 
GAUDRY
Chief Warrant Officer
1st Sqn.
Injured in aerial combat on June 5, 1940.
   
HALGRIN Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
1
Killed in air combat May 26, 1940
 
HORSKY Vladimir
Sergeant
Czech pilot assigned to GC I / 6 in March 1940 from the CIC de Chartres. Wounded in aerial combat on June 11, 1940.
   
HRANICKA Josef
Staff-Sergeant
1
Killed in aerial combat on June 5, 1940.
   
JANIS Ferdinand
Sub-Lieutenant
1
2
   
JANOUCH Svatopluk
Lieutenant
1
2
Czech pilot injured in aerial combat on June 7, 1940.
 
JICHA Vaclav
Sub-Lieutenant
2
Czech pilot
   
JOLICOEUR
Lieutenant
Staff 2nd Sqn.
1
   
JOST Victor
Sergeant
Injured in aerial combat on June 3, 1940
   
KIMLICKA Bohuslav
Sergeant
Czech pilot
   
KUCERA Jiri
Sub-Lieutenant
1
Czech pilot. Wounded in aerial combat on June 11, 1940.
   
KULHANECK Jaroslav
Captain
Staff 2nd Sqn.
1
Czech pilot. Injured in aerial combat on June 5, 1940.
   
LEFEBVRE
Chief Warrant Officer
Assigned to the Group on June 8, 1940, seconded from the CEAM.
   
LEFOYER Henri
Captain
Injured and taken prisoner on June 11, 1940
   
MAUVIER François
Captain
Staff 1st Sqn.
1
Injured and imprisoned on May 18, 1940
   
MLEJNECKY Frantisek
Corporal-Chef
Czech pilot
   
MONTY
Sergeant
   
PAGES
Sergeant
Injured in aerial combat May 20, 1940
   
PATURLE Jacques
Sub-Lieutenant
Wounded in aerial combat on May 18, 1940. Killed in aerial combat on June 7, 1940
 
POILLOUE-De-SAINT-MARS Xavier
Captain
Killed in aerial combat on June 8, 1940
   
POPELKA Stanislav
Sergeant
1
Czech pilot. Killed in aerial combat on June 3, 1940
   
POSTREHOVSKY Bohumil
Sergeant
Czech pilot
   
RAPHENNE Henri
Sub-Lieutenant
Staff 1st Sqn.
5
1
Killed by the Flak on June 24, 1940.
 
RIVALS-MAZERES
Captain
Assigned to the Group on June 8, 1940, seconded from the CEAM. Injured in Air Combat June 11, 1940.
   
ROBIERE Raoul
1st Sqn.
   
SENET Henri
Chief Warrant Officer
1
Seriously burned in aerial combat on June 5, 1940
   
SILVESTRE DE SACY Marcel
Captain
Staff 1st Sqn.
2
Killed in aerial combat May 21, 1940
 
SODEK Jaroslav
Sergeant
Czech pilot
   
STANDERA Miroslav
Corporal
Injured after an aerial combat on June 11, 1940.
   
TRICAUD Georges
Commander
Staff Groupe
3
1
 
VENTILLARD Roger
Chief Warrant Officer
1
1
Injured in aerial combat May 25, 1940
   

 


Airfields

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Blida
Algérie
August 28, 1939
Marseille - Marignane
13 - Bouches du Rhône
December 15, 1939
Chissey
39 - Jura
March 8, 1940
Berck-sur-Mer
62 - Pas de Calais
April 11, 1940
Marseille - Marignane
13 - Bouches du Rhône
May 2, 1940
Lognes-Emerainville
77 - Seine et Marne
May 17, 1940
Connantre
51 - Marne
June 10, 1940
Lognes Emerainville
77 - Seine et Marne
June 10, 1940
Connantre
51 - Marne
June 11, 1940
Saint-Florentin
89 - Yonne
June 11, 1940
Vichy Rhue
03 - Allier
June 14, 1940
Clermont Aulnat
63 - Puy de Dome
June 17, 1940
Ussel
19 - Corrèze
June 17, 1940
Bergerac
24 - Dordogne
June 19, 1940
Marseille - Marignane
13 - Bouches du Rhône
June 21, 1940
Salon de Provence
13 - Bouches du Rhône
June 23, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GC I/6

 


Aircrafts

The GC I/6 was equipped since its creation in October 1934, following aircrafts :

The used aircrafts are described in the accessible file by the link below. You will find Nb of series, Registration, date of affectation to the group, and fate of the plane there.

In this list are identified :

    - 2 Nieuport-Delage NiD629
    - 4 Loiré 46
    - 68 Morane MS406

     


Records

1/2 or 1/3 of victories were obtained in association with another Group.

Confirmed Victories
13.5
Messerschmitt BF109
5
Dornier Do 215
1
Dornier Do 17
2
Heinkel He111
1
Henschel 123
3
Junker JU86
1
Junker JU52
0.5
Likely Victories
12
Messerschmitt BF109
1
Messerschmitt BF110
3
Henschel Hs126
2
Junker JU87
1
Dornier Do 215
5

 


Casualties

Killed Pilots
12
Sergeant BERTRAND (Accident)
April 24, 1940
Captain BRUNEAU (Combat)
May 18, 1940
Captain Marcel SILVESTRE DE SACY (Combat)
May 21, 1940
Lieutenant BIEBERLE (Combat)
May 25, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant HALGRIN (Combat)
May 26, 1940
Staff-Sergeant DE-LESTAPIS (Combat)
June 3, 1940
Sergeant POPELKA (Combat)
June 3, 1940
Staff-Sergeant HRANICKA (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant PATURLE (combat)
June 7, 1940
Sergeant BENDL (Combat)
June 7, 1940
Captain POILLOUE (Combat)
June 8, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant RAPHENNE (Combat)
June 24, 1940
Wounded Pilots
16
Captain MAUVIER (Combat)
May 18, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant PATURLE (Combat)
May 18, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer CONTE (Combat)
May 18, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant DUCHENE-MARULAZ (Combat)
May 20, 1940
Sergeant PAGES (Combat)
May 20, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer VENTILLARD (combat)
May 25, 1940
Sergeant JOST (Combat)
June 3, 1940
Captain KULHANECK (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer GAUDRY (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer SENET (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Lieutenant JANOUCH (Combat)
June 7, 1940
Captain LEFOYER (Combat)
June 11, 1940
Captain RIVALS-MAZERES (Combat)
June 11, 1940
Sergeant STANDERA (Combat)
June 11, 1940
Sergeant KUCERA (Combat)
June 11, 1940
Sergeant HORSKY (Combat)
June 11, 1940
Prisoners Pilots
2
Captain MAUVIER
May 18, 1940
Captain LEFOYER
June 11, 1940

 

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