Fighter Group GC III/6
5th Squadron
6th Squadron


Historical

GC III / 6 was established in May 1939 with elements of GC I / 6 and GC II / 6. It is equipped from the outset with Morane MS406.

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GC III / 6 is attached to the Group No. 24 of the "Reserved Air Forces" of the ZOAS (South Air Operations Area).

On May 31, 1940, GC III / 6 left the theater of operations to join the airfield of Le Luc to be transformed on D520. He will resume the fight against the Italians on June 16, 1940 and will fall back to AFN on June 18.

The GC III / 6 finishes the Campaign of France with a record of 18 victories and 8 probable for the loss of 6 pilots and 4 wounded.


Staff

Commanders of the group GC III/6
Captain DE-PLACE
September 1, 1939
December 7, 1939
 
Commander CASTANIER Pierre
December 8, 1939
May 24, 1940
 
Commander STEHLIN Paul
May 25, 1940
October 14, 1940
 
Captain CHAINAT André (Deputy Commander)
 
Commanders of the 5th Squadron
Captain JACOBI Louis
September 1939
June 12, 1941
Commanders of the 6th Squadron
Captain GUERRIER Jacques
September 1939
March 2, 1941
 

 


Pilots

Pilots of Group
Names of pilots
Rank
Squadron
Victories
Informations
Photo
Indiv. Card
Sure
Prob.
BARANSKI Wienczyslaw
Lieutenant
Polish Pilot. Joined the Group on 11/05/1940
   
BERNACHE-ASSOLANT Jean
Captain
Staff Group
2 on D520
Joined the Group on 03/11/1939.
   
BOEDOZ
Adjutant
5th Sqn.
   
BOROWSKI Jan
Lieutenant
Polish Pilot
   
BOUIN
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
1 on MS406
Joined the Group on 05/04/1940.
   
BOYMOND Emile
Staff-Sergeant
6th Sqn.
2 on MS406
Joined the Group on 19/10/1939. Killed in aerial combat on May 14, 1940.
 
CAPDEVILLE André
Sub-Lieutenant
6th Sqn.
Joined the Group on 06/03/1940.
   
CASTANIER Pierre
Commander
Staff Group
Joined the Group on 07/12/1939. Killed in aerial combat on May 24, 1940.
   
CAVAROZ Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
5th Sqn.
1 on MS406
Joined the Group on 6/03/1940 from the CIC de Chartres. Seriously injured on May 21, 1940
   
CHAINAT André
Captain
   
CHARDONNET André
Staff-Sergeant
5th Sqn.
   
COLONGE Georges
Lieutenant
5th Sqn.
1 on MS406
Wounded in aerial combat on May 24, 1940.
 
CWYNAR Michal
Master-Corporal
Polish Pilot. Joined the Group on 11/05/1940.
 
DE-PLACE
Commander
Staff Group
   
DIAZ Jean
Adjutant
6th Sqn.
Joined the Group on April 15 from GC I/2
   
GABARD Raymond
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
1 on MS406
Joined the Group on April 12, 1940 from the CIC of Montpellier.
   
GAUTHIER Georges
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
1 on MS406
   
GUERRIER Jacques
Captain
Staff 6th Sqn.
   
GOUJON Charles
Adjutant
5th Sqn.
2 on MS406 2 on D520
1 on MS406
   
GROSDEMANCHE
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
Seriously injured on September 30, 1939
   
HARDOUIN
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
1 on MS406
Joined the Group on 6/03/1940
   
JACOBI Louis
Lieutenant
Staff 5th Sqn.
 
JAPIOT Guy
Adjutant
6th Sqn.
2 on MS406
Joined the Group on 21/10/1939
   
KAWNIK Erwin
Sub-Lieutenant
1 on MS406
1 on MS406
Polish Pilot. Joined the Group on 29/03/1940
   
KULLING Joseph
Adjutant
5th Sqn.
Left the Group on 24/04/1940 to join the Romilly Transformation Center
   
LAMAZOU Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
5th Sqn.
Joined the Group on 17/10/1939. Accidentally killed on 25 November 1939: Caught in the fog, he crashes to the ground
   
LAURENT
Sergeant
5th Sqn.
Left the Group on 5/10/1939 to join an EOR (Ecole des Officiers de Réserves)
   
LE-GLOAN Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
5th Sqn.
4 on MS406 7 on D520
1 on MS406 1 on D520
   
LEGRAND Georges
Lieutenant
6th Sqn.
1 on MS406
1 on MS406
   
LE-GUENNEC Alain
Staff-Sergeant
6th Sqn.
1 on MS406
1 on MS406
   
LE-TALLEC Léon
Adjutant
5th Sqn.
Joined the Group on 17/10 / 1939. Accidentally killed on 25 November 1939: Caught in the fog, he crashes on the ground
   
LOI
Sergeant
4
1
   
MAIGRET Charles
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
2 on MS406
Joined the Group on 6/03/1940. Killed in air combat on May 25, 1940.
 
MARTIN Robert
Lieutenant
3 on MS406
 
MENNEGLIER Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
6th Sqn.
Joined the Group on 6/03/1940 from the CIC de Chartres
   
MERTZISEN Gabriel
5th Sqn.
   
PIMONT Roger
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
1 on MS406
   
RICHARD Léon
 
ROUFFIGNAC Daniel
Sub-Lieutenant
5th Sqn.
   
ROUSSEL
Staff-Sergeant
6th Sqn.
Left the Group on 4/12/1939 following an illness.
   
RYCHLICKI Boleslaw
Sub-Lieutenant
Polish Pilot. Joined the Group on 29/03/1940.
   
SALAUN Jean-Nicolas
Sub-Lieutenant
1 on MS406
Seriously injured and prisoner May 21, 1940
 
SATGE Henri
Sub-Lieutenant
6th Sqn.
1 on MS406
Joined the Group on 12/05/1940.
   
STEHLIN Paul
Commander
Staff Group
   
STEUNOU Marcel
Sub-Lieutenant
6th Sqn.
2 on MS406
   
SULERZYCKI Mieczyslaw
Captain
Polish Pilot. Joined the Group on 29/03/1940
   
THIROUX-DE-GERVILLIER Arnould
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
2 on MS406
Joined the Group on 6: 12/1939. Killed in aerial combat on May 21, 1940.
 
TRINEL Napoleon
Sergeant
5th Sqn.
1 on MS406
Joined the Group on March 6, 1940
   
VILLEMIN Alphonse
Sub-Lieutenant
2 on MS406
1 on MS406
   

 


Airfields

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Villacoublay
78 - Yvelines
August 28, 1939
Betz-Bouillancy
60 - Oise
September 4, 1939
Wez Thuisy
51 - Marne
November 15, 1939
Chissey
39 - Jura
April 30, 1940
Coulommiers
77 - Seine et Marne
May 20, 1940
Le Luc
83 - Var
May 31, 1940
Perpignan la Salanque
66 - Pyrénées Orientales
June 18, 1940
Alger Maison-Blanche
Algeria
June 20, 1940
Constantine
Algeria
June 24, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GC III/6

 


Aircrafts

The GC III/6 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 :

    - 85 Morane MS406
    - 58 Dewoitine D520

     


Records

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

Confirmed Victories
17.5
MS 406
D520
Dornier Do 17
4.5
Heinkel He111
6
Fiat BR20
3
Fiat CR42
4
Likely Victories
8
Messerschmitt BF110
2
Heinkel He111
3
Dornier Do 17
3

 


Casualties

Killed Pilots
6
Adjutant LE-TALLEC (Accident)
November 25, 1939
Sergeant LAMAZOU (Accident)
November 25, 1939
Staff-Sergeant BOYMOND (Combat)
May 14, 1940
Sergeant DE-GERVILLIER (Combat)
May 21, 1940
Commander CASTANIER (Combat)
May 24, 1940
Sergeant MAIGRET (Combat)
May 25, 1940
Wounded Pilots
5
Sergeant GROSDEMANCHE (Accident)
September 30, 1939
Sub-Lieutenant SALAUN (Combat)
May 21, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant CAVAROZ (Combat)
May 21, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant COLONGES (Combat)
May 24, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant VILLEMIN (combat)
May 25, 1940
Prisoners Pilots
2
Sub-Lieutenant SALAUN
May 21, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant COLONGES
May 24, 1940

 

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