Fighter Group GC III/3

5th Squadron (Ex SPA 150)
6th Squadron


Historical

Following the decision to add a third Group to existing Fighting Squadrons, GC III / 3 was established in May 1939 with elements of GC I / 3 and GC II / 3, and thus does not incorporate any existing tradition.

This group was marked by a serious accident during a transfer between Dijon and Salon en Provence mobilization on August 28: 3 pilots crash on the ground and 3 others are seriously injured. He fights on MORANE MS406 before being transformed on DEWOITINE D520 at the end of May 1940.

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GC III / 3 belongs to the Fighting Group No. 21 of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).

On June 19, 1940, the GC III / 3 crosses the Mediterranean with 22 Dewoitine D520. The Group is finally dissolved on August 25, 1940.

The GC III / 3 will finish the campaign in France with a record of 33 Victories sure, including 25 on MS406, and 9 probabilities including 8 on MS406. This will be done at the cost of 12 Kills and 12 Wounded.


Staff

Commanders of the group GC III/3
Captain TRAVERS
September 1, 1939
January 12, 1940
 
Captain RICHARD André
January 15, 1940
April 7, 1940
 
Captain ROUSSEAU-DUMARCET Louis
April 7, 1940
April 30, 1940
 
Captain LE BIDAUD Alois
May 1, 1940
June 19, 1940
 
Captain ROUSSEAU-DUMARCET Louis
June 20, 1940
August 25, 1940
 
Capitaine MONTJEAN (Deputy Commander)
 
Commanders of the 5th Squadron
Captain CHIAVARINI
August 28, 1939 (+)
 
Captain ROUSSEAU-DUMARCET Louis
August 28, 1939
 
Captain TROUILLARD Roger
September 1, 1939
May 13, 1940
 
Captain BAUDOUIN Maurice
May 13, 1940
August 25, 1940
 
Commanders of the 6th Squadron
Captain ROUSSEAU-DUMARCET Louis
September 1, 1939
January 16, 1940
 
Captain DUVAL Roger
February 4, 1940
August 25, 1940
 

 


Pilots

Pilots of Group
Names of pilots
Rank
Squadron
Victories
Informations
Photo
Indiv. Card
Sure
Prob.
BAUDOUIN Maurice
Captain
Staff 5th Sqn.
   
BEHAL Frantisek
Lieutenant
2
Czech Pilot.
   
BEKARIAN André
Sergeant
  5ith Sqn.
1
1
Killed in air combat May 24, 1940
   
BERAN Jindrich
Lieutenant
  5ith Sqn.
1
Czech Pilot. Killed in aerial combat May 12, 1940
   
BESSAGUET
Adjutant
  5ith Sqn.
Injured in aerial combat May 12, 1940
   
BEVILLARD Louis
Sub-Lieutenant
6ith Sqn.
2
2
   
BOURTHOUMIEU André
Staff-Sergeant
  5ith Sqn.
Wounded in the accident of August 28, 1939 which cost the lives of 3 pilots and wounded 3 others
   
BRET Armand
Lieutenant
   
CALMEL François
Sub-Lieutenant
  5ith Sqn.
Injured in aerial combat May 12, 1940
   
CAZANEUVE Jacques
Sergeant
1
Seriously injured in air combat on June 5, 1940.
   
CERMAK Jan
Lieutenant
Czech Pilot.
   
CHIAVARINI
Captain
Staff 6th Sqn.
Killed in the accident of August 28, 1939 which cost the lives of 3 pilots and wounded 3 others
   
CIZEK Evzen
Commander
3
Czech Pilot.
   
CLAIREAUX Robert
Sergeant
  5ith Sqn.
Wounded in the accident of August 28, 1939 which cost the lives of 3 pilots and wounded 3 others. Returns to the Group in June 1940 after a stint at the CIC de Montpellier.
 
CLOSTRES Daniel
Lieutenant
1
   
COMTE Robert
Staff-Sergeant
   
DAVEAU
Sergeant
   
DOUCET
Staff-Sergeant
  5ith Sqn.
   
DUVAL Roger
Captain
Staff 6th Sqn.
1
1
Transferred to GC III/3 on 04/02/40 from GC II/1
   
FIRMINHAC Raymond
Staff-Sergeant
  5ith Sqn.
Disappeared in aerial combat May 24, 1940
   
GOUZI
Sergeant
6ith Sqn.
2
1
   
HUBACEK Josef
Adjutant
1
Czech Pilot. Injured in aerial combat May 11, 1940
   
HURTIN Jean
Sergeant
6ith Sqn.
2
   
ISOLA Camille
Sub-Lieutenant
6ith Sqn.
Killed in aerial combat May 12, 1940
   
JEANNAUD Lucien
Staff-Sergeant
6ith Sqn.
3
1
   
KEPRT Josef
Adjutant
1
1
Czech Pilot.
   
KRATKORUKY Bedrich
Sergeant
2
1
Czech Pilot.
   
KRUML Tomas
Sub-Lieutenant
1
Czech Pilot.
   
KUTTELWASCHER Karel
Adjutant
Czech pilot assigned to the group on May 16, 1940.
   
LANCESSEUR
Sub-Lieutenant
   
LEBLANC Marie-Emile
Chief Warrant Officer
6ith Sqn.
4
1
   
LE-BIDEAU Alois
Commander
Staff Groupe
Killed by accident on June 19, 1940
   
LE NIGEN Edouard
Sergeant
  5ith Sqn.
10
1
Killed on July 25, 1940
   
LE-SELLIER-DE-CHEZELLES Hubert
Lieutenant
  5ith Sqn.
1
1
Killed on September 17, 1941
   
MARIAS
Chief Warrant Officer
6ith Sqn.
3
1
Injured in aerial combat on March 25, 1940
   
METON
Adjutant
  5ith Sqn.
   
MIGNOT
Lieutenant
6ith Sqn.
Wounded in the accident of August 28, 1939 which cost the lives of 3 pilots and wounded 3 others
   
MINE
Sub-Lieutenant
1
   
MONTJEAN
Captain
Staff Groupe
Transferred to the CIC of Montpellier on January 12, 1940
   
MORIN
Lieutenant
2
   
NOVAK Josef
Staff-Sergeant
  5ith Sqn.
Czech Pilot. Killed by accident on June 2, 1940.
   
PATROU
Lieutenant
6ith Sqn.
Injured in Air Combat on September 30, 1939.
   
PELLETRAU
Sergeant
   
PIZON
Sergeant
  5ith Sqn.
Killed in the accident of August 28, 1939 which cost the lives of 3 pilots and wounded 3 others
 
REBILLAT Pierre
Sergeant
  5ith Sqn.
3
   
RIBO Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Killed in aerial combat on March 2, 1940
   
RICHARD André
Captain
Staff Group
Killed in aerial combat on April 7, 1940
   
ROGER René
Chief Warrant Officer
5
   
RONDOT
Lieutenant
  5ith Sqn.
Killed in the accident of August 28, 1939 which cost the lives of 3 pilots and wounded 3 others
   
ROUSSEAU-DUMARCET Louis
Captain
Staff Groupe
   
SAUVAGE Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
3
1
   
SLOUF Vaclav
Staff-Sergeant
2
1
Czech Pilot.
   
SOULAGES Marcel
Sergeant
   
STEHLIK Josef
Staff-Sergeant
4
1
Czech Pilot.
   
STICKA Frantisek
Master-Corporal
Czech Pilot.
   
TOURADE
Staff-Sergeant
   
TRAVERS
Commander
Staff Group
Transferred to GC III/6 on January 12, 1940
   
TROUILLARD Roger
Captain
Staff 5th Sqn.
2
1
Killed in aerial combat May 13, 1940
   

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Salon-en-Provence
13 - Bouches du Rhône
September 3, 1939
Toul-Ochey
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
September 23, 1939
Beauvais-Tillé
60 - Oise
April 10, 1940
Maubeuge - Elesmes
59 - Nord
May 10, 1940
(5th Sqn.)
Norrent-Fontes - Rely
62 - Pas de Calais
May 10, 1940
(6th Sqn.)
Beauvais-Tillé
60 - Oise
May 17, 1940
Cormeilles-en-Vexin
95 - Val d'Oise
May 21, 1940
Illiers-L'Evêque
27 - Eure
June 6, 1940
Germinon
51 - Marne
June 11, 1940
Chapelle-Vallon
10 - Aube
June 11, 1940
Montargis
45 - Loiret
June 12, 1940
Avord
18 - Cher
June 13, 1940
Le Grand-Malleray
18 - Cher
June 14, 1940
Perpignan La Salanque
66 - Pyrénées Orientales
June 16, 1940
Alger - Maison blanche
Algeria
June 19, 1940
Bône
Algeria
June 20, 1940
Relizane
Algeria
June 22, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinéraire du GC III/3

 


Aircrafts

The GC III/3 was equipped since its creation on May 1939, 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 Dewoitine D500
    - 1 Dewoitine D501
    - 45 Morane-Saulnier MS406
    - 48 Dewoitine D520

     


Records

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

Confirmed Victories
32.5
MS 406
D520
Messerschmitt BF110
2
1
Messerschmitt BF109
8
3
Henschel Hs 126
3.5
2
Dornier Do 215
1
Dornier Do 17
3
1
Heinkel He111
7
1
Likely Victories
9
Messerschmitt BF110
2
Messerschmitt BF109
2
1
Henschel Hs 126
1
Heinkel He111
1
Dornier Do 17
2

 


Casualties

Killed Pilots
12
Captain CHIAVARINI (Accident)
August 28, 1939
Sergeant PIZON (Accident)
August 28, 1939
Lieutenant RONDOT (Accident)
August 28, 1939
Staff-Sergeant RIBO (combat)
March 2, 1940
Captain RICHARD (Combat)
April 7, 1940
Lieutenant BERAN (Combat)
May 12, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant ISOLA (Combat)
May 12, 1940
Captain TROUILLARD (Combat)
May 13, 1940
Sergeant BEKARIAN (Combat)
May 24, 1940
Staff-Sergeant FIRMINHAC (Combat)
May 24, 1940
Sergeant NOVAK (Accident)
June 2, 1940
Commander LE-BIDEAU (Accident)
June 19, 1940
Wounded Pilots
12
Staff-Sergeant BOURTHOUMIEU (Accident)
August 28, 1939
Sergeant CLAIREAUX (Accident)
August 28, 1939
Lieutenant MIGNOT (Accident)
August 28, 1939
Lieutenant PATROU (Combat)
September 30, 1939
Chief Warrant Officer MARIAS (Combat)
March 25, 1940
Sergeant HUBACEK (Combat)
May 11, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant CALMEL (Combat)
May 12, 1940
Adjutant BESSAGUET (Combat)
May 12, 1940
Lieutenant DE-CHEZELLES (Combat)
May 13, 1940
Sergeant CAZANEUVE (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Lieutenant MORIN (Combat)
June 6, 1940
Sergeant CLAIREAUX (Combat)
June 13, 1940

 

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