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Air Observation Group GAO 517


Historical

Originally, the Group has for designation GAR 517. It will become GAO 517 on September 2, 1938.

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GAO 517 is attached to the 5th Army within the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAE (East Air Operations Zone).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 517
Commander PAGES      
Captain MICHET-DE-LA-BAUME
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BARBARIN Maxime
Master-Corporal
Machine Gunner
Seriously wounded on June 8, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 331 shot down by 9 Me109.      
BATTLE Sébastien
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Wounded on June 8, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 331 shot down by 9 Me109.      
CAUJOLLES Joseph
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Gravely wounded on June 4, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 327 shot down by 3 Me109, he died of his wounds on June 10.      
COLLOMB Jean-Albert
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Wounded on June 4, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 327 shot down by 3 Me109.      
FONVIELLE Maurice
Adjutant
Machine gunner
Killed on June 4, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 327 shot down by 3 Me109.  
 
MICHET-DE-LA-BAUME
Captain
Commander of the Group
     
MOUGEOT
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
     
PAGES
Commander
Commander of the Group
     
PLAUD Louis
Lieutenant
Observer
Seriously wounded on June 8, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 331 shot down by 9 Me109.      
POULAIN Jacques
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Disappeared at sea on February 14, 1940. Because of the turbulence, Lieutenant POULAIN is ejected from Potez 390 No. 30, and will be driven to sea by the wind that has engulfed in his parachute.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
MOUGEOT
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 390 n° 30 : Because of the turbulence, the Sub-Lieutenant POULAIN is ejected from the aircraft. His parachute dragged by the wind is taken to sea: he is missing
POULAIN Jacques
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Crew
CAUJOLLES Joseph
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 327 : Shot down by German fighters on June 4, 1940. Sub-Lieutenant CAUJOLLES and Adjutant FONVIELLE are killed. Sub Lieutenant COLLOMB is injured.
COLLOMB Jean-Albert
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
FONVIELLE Maurice
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
Crew
BATTLE
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 331 : Shot by German fighters on June 8, 1940. Lieutenant PLAUD and Master Corporal BARBARIN are seriously injured, Sub- Lieutenant BATTLE is wounded more lightly
PLAUD
Lieutenant
Observer
BARBARIN
Master-Corporal
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Nancy-Azelot
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
September 3, 1939
Fayence
83 - Var
October 20, 1939
Neufchâteau
88 - Vosges
April 11, 1940
Bray-sur-Seine
77 - Seine et Marne
May 17, 1940
Monthiers
02 - Aisne
Juny 4, 1940
Chezy
03 - Allier
Juny 7, 1940
Nangis
77 - Seine et Marne
Juny 8, 1940
Bray-Sur-Seine
77 - Seine et Marne
Juny 12, 1940
Pont-Sur-Yonne
89 - Yonne
Juny 13, 1940
Montargis
45 - Loiret
Juny 14, 1940
Cognac Segonzac
16 - Charente
Juny 16, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO 517

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 517 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 :

  • 8 potez 390
  • 2 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
3
Sub-Lieutenant POULAIN (Accident)
February 14, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant CAUJOLLES (Combat)
Juny 4, 1940
Adjutant FONVIELLE (Combat)
Juny 4, 1940
Crewmen injured
4
Sub-Lieutenant COLLOMB (combat)
Juny 4, 1940
Lieutenant PLAUD (Combat)
Juny 8, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant BATTLE (Combat)
Juny 8, 1940
Master-Corporal BARBARIN (Combat)
Juny 8, 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