Fighter Group GC I/7

1st Squadron (Ex SPA 15)
2nd Squadron (Ex SPA 77)


Historical

GC I / 7 was created on October 1, 1932. In March 1938, while based in Dijon with his Blériot-Spad 510, GC I / 7 will be the first Fighting Group to receive the new French fighter: the MS405. The 2nd squadron of the Group, detached in Reims, has the mission to complete the development of the aircraft and define the methods of combat. During this period, the Group will be collecting some Caudron Simouns to get used to flying single-engine cabins.

In February 1939, the Group was transported in AFN by boat, where it was joined by GC I / 6 to train the March Wing. As early as May 1939, GC I / 7 pilots were taken to create the GC III / 7, and after the declaration of war, almost all the remaining pilots left to reinforce the groups of Fighters in mainland France.

GC I / 7 returns to France on January 20, 1940 to be reconstituted and receive new MS406 to replace those left in AFN. It leaves quickly however, since at the end of February, GC I / 7 is moved to the Levant, to Beirut first, then to Syria

On May 10, 1940, the day of the German attack in France, he is based in Rayak (Syria), and is attached to the Air Forces of the Mediterranean East. GC I / 7 did not finally take part in the fighting. After the Armistice, the Group remains in the Levant and will participate in the Syrian campaign in May 1941.


Staff

Commanders of the group GC I/7
Commander DESCHAMPS-De-PAS January 8, 1940  
Commanders of the 1st Squadron
Lieutenant OZANNE March 15, 1938 September 15, 1938
Captain CORBEAU September 15, 1938 April 5, 1940  
Captain DESSALLES April 5, 1940  
Commanders of the 2nd Squadron
Lieutenant BRUNEAU Germain January 8, 1937 November 15, 1939  
Captain TULASNE November 15, 1939 December 5, 1940

 


Pilots

Pilots of Group
Names of pilots
Rank
Squadron
Victories
Informations
Photo
Indiv. Card
Sure
Prob.
BALLATORE André
Chief Warrant Officer
At the Armistice, enlisted in the RAF
   
BARDIN Paul
Sub-Lieutenant
1ste Sqn.
 
BERTRAND
Adjutant
   
BOUGET Jacques
Sergeant
1ste Sqn.
   
BRUNEAU Germain
Lieutenant
Staff 2nd Sqn.
   
CANEL Jean
Captain
Subsequently transferred to GC II / 9
   
CORBEAU
Captain
Staff 1st Sqn.
Killed by accident on April 5, 1940
   
COTTIN
Lieutenant
1ste Sqn.
   
COUDRAY
Chief Warrant Officer
At the Armistice, enlisted in the RAF
   
DESCHAMPS-De-PAS
Commander
Staff Groupe
   
DESSALLES
Captain
Staff 1st Sqn.
   
IZAAC
Sergeant
   
LITOLFF Albert
Sergeant-Chef
 
OZANNE
Lieutenant
Staff 1st Sqn.
PERONNE Rémy
Lieutenant
At the Armistice, enlisted in the RAF
   
REBIERE Raoul
Chief Warrant Officer
Subsequently transferred to GC II / 9
 
ROIG
Sergeant
2nd Sqn.
   
ROLLET
Commander
1ste Sqn.
   
TULASNE
Captain
Staff 2nd Sqn.
Join the FAFL on December 5, 1940.
 

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Reims - Courcy
51 - Marne
July 25, 1938
(Experimentation Sqn)
Dijon-longvic
21 - Côte d'Or
October 15, 1938
(All the Group)
Sidi-Ahmed
Tunisie
March 2, 1939
Alger Maison-Blanche
Algérie
September 1, 1939
Oran-La-Senia
Algérie
December 1st, 1939
Marseille-Marignane
13 - Bouches Du Rhône
January 22, 1940
Rayack
Syrie
March 6, 1940
Estabel
Syrie
June 21, 1940
Rayack
Syrie
August 14, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GC I/7

 


Aircrafts

The GC I/7 was equipped since its creation in March 1938, 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 :

    - 1 Morane-Saulnier MS225
    - 2 Blériot-Spad 510
    - 6 Morane-Saunier MS405
    - 1 Potez 630
    - 50 Morane-Saulnier MS406

     


Records

The GC I / 7 does not participate in the Campaign of France and will not obtain victories


Casualties

Killed Pilots
1
Captain CORBEAU (Accident)
April 5, 1940

 

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