Fighter Group GARC I/562 & GC III/9

5th Squadron (Ex SPA 96)
6th Squadron (Ex SPA 12)


Historical

Before becoming GC III / 9, the group was created in 1936 as a "Regional Air Group" to allow Reservists to fly under the leadership of active cadres. On February 1st, 1937, Commander VIGUIER took the leadership of the Group which became the GARC I / 562 (Regional Air Fighting Group), with an Escadrille led by Captain BILLON.

At the outbreak of hostilities, the Group is mobilized on Dewoitine D501. On September 25, 1939, born a second Squadron, the 2/562 commanded by Captain CHEVALIER.

The transformation on Bloch MB152 begins in November 1939. On January 11, 1940, the Group officially becomes GC III / 9.

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GC III / 9 is attached to the Air Forces Reserved ZOAA (Zone d'Aériennes Alpes)

The Group was first dissolved on July 6, 1940, then recreated in August 1940 with GC III/1 and GC I/6 pilots dissolved on August 10, 1940, and some pilots of GC II/6 and GC II/2 also dissolved. The 2nd Squadron emblem shown above is in fact that of the 2nd Squadron of GC I/6 of Commander Tricaud. The latter, former GC I/6 boss and new GC III / 9 Commanding Officer, will adopt the 1st and 2nd Squadron emblems of his former GC I/6 Group to GC III/9.

The Group is finally dissolved on December 4, 1942


Staff

Commanders of the group GARC I/562 & GC III/9
Commander VIGUIER
February 1st, 1937
July 6,1940
 
Commander TRICAUD
August 1940
March 29, 1941
Commanders of the 5th Squadron
Captain BILLON Claudius
September 9, 1939
August 12, 1940
 
Commanders of the 6th Squadron
Captain CHEVALLIER
September 25, 1939
July 6,1940
 

 


Pilots

Pilots of Group
Names of pilots
Rank
Squadron
Victories
Informations
Photo
Indiv. Card
Sure
Prob.
BACHE
Captain
   
BARITEL Pierre
Chief Warrant Officer
1st Sqn.
1
Wounded in aerial combat on June 2, 1940. Transferred to GC I/1 on October 5, 1940
   
BILLON Claudius
Captain
Staff 1st Sqn.
1
Injured in aerial combat on June 01, 1940.
   
BOUYSSE Raymond
Lieutenant
   
BOYREAU
Sub-Lieutenant
1st Sqn.
From the CIC de Chartres. Killed on January 20, 1942
   
BUGNET
Lieutenant
Blocked at Saint Raphael on June 25, 1940 (Reception D520), he will not join the Group
   
BURDET
Chief Warrant Officer
1st Sqn.
Moved May 17, 1940 to GC III/10
   
CHABROL
Sergeant
Blocked at Saint Raphael on June 25, 1940 (Reception D520), he will not join the Group
   
CHAPOUR
Chief Warrant Officer
2nd Sqn.
Transferred to GC I/1 on August 26, 1940
   
CHEVALLIER
Captain
Staff 2nd Sqn.
   
COMBERIAS
Officer Candidate
1ste Sqn.
   
COTE
Captain
Assigned to GC III/9 August 27, 1940
   
CREPIN
Officer Candidate
2nd Sqn.
Muted to ECN V / 13
   
DALLAS
Officer Candidate
1st Sqn.
Assigned to GC III/9 on September 5, 1939, transferred on December 3, 1939 to ECN V / 13
   
DARDIGNAC
Adjutant
Assigned to GC III/9 on May 18, 1940 to replace Adjutant-Chief BURDET transferred to GC III/10
   
DE-BAUMONT
Captain
Blocked at Saint Raphael on June 25, 1940 (Reception D520), he will not join the Group
   
DEGUIN Charles
Sergeant
2nd Sqn.
Killed on December 12, 1939 by accident: the WIBAULT 282 T which transported it crashed
   
DURAND
Adjutant
2nd Sqn.
   
FABRE
Adjutant
Blocked at Saint Raphael on June 25, 1940 (Reception D520), he will not join the Group
   
FAJTL Frantisek
Lieutenant
Czech pilot assigned on May 19, 1940. Transferred to GC III/7 on June 6, 1940
   
GERMAIN
Sub-Lieutenant
   
LAMOUROUX Georges
Officer Candidate
2nd Sqn.
1
   
LE-BOUEDEC
Sub-Lieutenant
1st Sqn.
Moved December 3, 1939 to the ERC 2/562
   
LEROUX
Sergeant
2nd Sqn.
Transferred to GC I/1 on August 26, 1940
   
LUMIERE
Captain
Staff 2nd Sqn.
   
MARTIN
Sub-Lieutenant
1st Sqn.
   
MEYER
Captain
Staff 1st Sqn.
   
MOTTARD
Sub-Lieutenant
1st Sqn.
   
PEZANT Georges
Staff-Sergeant
1st Sqn.
Injured in aerial combat on June 01, 1940.
   
PIATKOWSKI Stanislaw
Master-Corporal
Polish pilot assigned on June 11, 1940. Leaves the Group on June 25, 1940
   
PICOT
Sub-Lieutenant
2nd Sqn.
1
   
PIETRZAK Henryk
Master-Corporal
Polish pilot assigned on June 11, 1940. Leaves the Group on June 25, 1940
   
POSTREHOSKY Bohumil
Sergeant
Czech pilot assigned on May 29, 1940. Transferred to GC III/7 on June 6, 1940
   
REBALSKI Kazimierz
Lieutenant
Polish pilot assigned on June 11, 1940. Leaves the Group on June 25, 1940
   
ROCHOT
Captain
Blocked at Saint Raphael June 25, 1940 (Reception D520), he will not join the Group
   
SAUZE
Sergeant
2nd Sqn.
   
SCHREINER
Adjutant
   
SLONSKI-OSGTOJA Marek
Officer Candidate
Polish pilot assigned on June 11, 1940. Leaves the Group on June 25, 1940
   
SODEK Jaroslav
Sergeant
Czech pilot assigned on May 19, 1940. Transferred to GC III/7 on June 6, 1940
   
SZULC Wiktor
Sub-Lieutenant
Polish pilot assigned on June 11, 1940. Leaves the Group on June 25, 1940
   
TRICAUD
Commander
 
VIE
Lieutenant
   
VIGUIER Armand
Commander
Staff Group
   
VIOSSAT Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
1st Sqn.
Killed on March 16, 1940 in a collision
   
WIECKOWSKI Edward
Commander
Polish pilot assigned on June 11, 1940. Leaves the Group on June 25, 1940
   

 


Airfield

Names of airfields
Period of use of airfields
LYON-BRON
September 3, 1939
LYON-SATOLAS
May 10, 1940
ORANGE-CARITAT
June 17, 1940
VINON-SUR-VERDON
June 18, 1940
LE-LUC-EN-PROVENCE
June 19, 1942

 


Aircrafts

The GARC I/562 then GC III/9 was equipped since its creation in 1936, following aircrafts :

n 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 Caudron C635 SIMOUN
    - 1 Breguet 27
    - 2 Potez 25
    - 2 Morane-Saulnier MS230
    - 1 Potez 630
    - 13 Dewoitine D500 ou D501
    - 23 Bloch MB151
    - 45 Bloch MB152
    - 1 bloch MB155

     


Records

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

Confirmed Victories
1
Junker JU88
1
Likely Victories
2
Heinkel He111
2

 


Casualties

 

Killed Pilots
2
Sergeant DEGUIN (Accident sur WIBAULT 282T)
December 12, 1939
Staff-Sergeant VIOSSAT (Accident)
March 16, 1940
Wounded Pilots
3
Captain BILLON (Combat)
June 1, 1940
Staff-Sergeant PEZANT (Combat)
June 1, 1940
Adjutant BARITEL (Combat)
June 2, 1940

 

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