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Air Observation Group GAO 502

Historical


On May 10, 1940, the GA0 502 is attached to the 1st Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 502
Commander ROCHARD Robert
 
Other Members of the Military Staff
Sub-Lieutenant BONON Technical Officer    
Sub-Lieutenant FERTILLE Section Commander Photo 21/104. Resistance fighter, he was killed in 1944.    
Lieutenant LOUARN Doctor    

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil Statut
Photos
Citations
BALBIANO Roger
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Killed on June 16, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 844 shot down by the Flak.    
BARDOL Joseph
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
     
BIZET Eugène
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Killed on June 16, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 844 shot down by the Flak.    
BOUR
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
     
CATOT
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
On October 3, 1939, his aircraft, the Mureaux 115 No. 39 crashed accidentally: the crew was unscathed      
COMBEAU René
Captain
Observer
     
DE-FAY
Lieutenant
Observer
     
DE-KERAUTEM
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 16, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 845 damaged by the Flak, is forced to land in the countryside: the crew, unscathed, fire the aircraft.      
DUMINIL
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On September 23, 1939, his aircraft, the Mureaux 115 No. 41 crashes accidentally: the crew is unscathed      
DUVAL
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-gunner
     
GOMBEAUD
Captain
Observer
Born in Bilière (Lower Pyrenees). Graduated from Saint-Cyr, he was an observer at the 37th Aviation Regiment from November 1931 to September 1933. He was assigned to the GAO 502 on 28th August 1939.
On October 3, 1939, his aircraft, the Mureaux 115 No. 39 crashed accidentally: the crew was unscathed
     
GRAILLOT
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
     
HOURCADE
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 16, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 845 damaged by the Flak, is forced to land in the countryside: the crew, unscathed, fire the aircraft.      
JOVET
Lieutenant
Observer
     
LYONNAT
Lieutenant
Observer
     
MAHIEUX Ernest
Captain
Observer
     
NASS Jean
Sergeant
  Machine-Gunner
Seriously wounded on 16 June 1940 aboard the Potez 63-11 No. 844 hit by the Flak: he will be taken prisoner.    
NAVERS
Sergeant
  Machine-Gunner
On June 16, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 845 damaged by the Flak, is forced to land in the countryside: the crew, unscathed, fire the aircraft.      
QUENTIER
Captain
Pilot
       
REVERSE
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
     
RIEGER
Lieutenant
Observer
     
ROCHARD Robert
Commander
Commander of Group and Pilot
   
TRELLUYER
Captain
Observer
On September 23, 1939, his aircraft, the Mureaux 115 No. 41 crashes accidentally: the crew is unscathed      

 

 

Mechanics

Group Mechanics
Name
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Photo
VAN-INGELVELDE
Chief Warrant-Officer
Mechanic
   
           

 

 


Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
DUMINIL
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n° 41 : Accidentally crashes on September 23, 1939: his crew is unharmed
TRELLUYER
Captain
Observer
Crew
CATOT
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n° 39 : Accidentally destroyed on October 3, 1939. The crew is unharmed
GOMBEAUD
Captain
Observer
Crew
BIZET Eugène
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 844 : Shot down by flak on June 16, 1940: Sub-Lieutenant BALBIANO and Staff-Sergeant BIZET are killed. Sergeant NASS, seriously wounded, is taken prisoner.
BALBIANO Roger
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
NASS
Sergeant
  Machine-Gunner
Crew
HOURCADE
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 845 : damaged by the Flak on June 16, 1940, he is forced to land in the countryside: the crew, unscathed, fire the aircraft.
DE-KERAUTEM
Lieutenant
Observer
NAVERS
Sergeant
  Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Attigny
08 - Ardennes
August 27, 1939
La Malmaison
02 - Aisne
October 21, 1939
La Fère Courbes
02 - Aisne
March 23, 1940
Villers-Lès-Guises
02 - Aisne
May 13, 1940
Compiègne
60 - Oise
May 16, 1940
Etrépagny
27 - Eure
May 17, 1940
Mettray
37 - Indre et Loire
May 19, 1940
Vouvray
37 - Indre et Loire
May 23, 1940
Romorantin
41 - Loir et Cher
June 13, 1940
Niort
79 - Deux Sèvres
June 17, 1940
Landes-De-Bussac
17 - Charente-Maritime
June 19, 1940
Pau Pont-Long
64 - Pyrénées-Atlantiques
June 24, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO 502

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 502 was equipped since its creation, following aircrafts :

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

In this list are identified :

  • 4 Mureaux 115
  • 8 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
2
Staff-Sergeant BIZET (combat)
June 16, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant BALBIANO (combat)
June 16, 1940
Crewmen injured
1
Sergeant NASS (combat)
June 16, 1940
Crewmen prisoner
1
Sergeant NASS
June 16, 1940

 


Sources

- The citations or decorations listed are extracted from the Official Journals archived in « Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France »
- The dates and places of birth of the Group's personnel are taken mainly from the site : "Mémoires des Hommes"
- Book : "Ils étaient là" by Mr Jacqueline and Paul MARTIN - Editions Aéro-Editions
- ...