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Air Observation Group GAO 544


Historical

On May 10, 1940, GA0 544 is attached to the 1st Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 544
Captain DE LOISY      
Other Members of the Military Staff
Lieutenant BOSSU
Mechanic Officier
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
CHOCQUET
Pilot
     
DE LOISY
Captain
Commander of the Group
     
DELAITRE
Lieutenant
Observer
Leaves the Group to join the GR I/35 on March 25, 1940.      
DUGNAT Georges
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Assigned to the group on March 5, 1940. Transferred to the GR II/52 on May 13, 1940.      
FARELACCI
Sergeant
Pilot
Transferred to the GR II/52 on May 13, 1940.      
JEAN
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 12, 1940, he was taken prisoner after his aircraft, the Mureaux 115 No. 42 , was hit by the Flak.      
LARPENT Serge
Lieutenant
Observer
Leaves the Group to join the GR I/35 on March 25, 1940. Her will be killed on June 4, 1940.      
MONTAGNON
Captain
Pilot
On May 12, 1940, he was taken prisoner after his aircraft, the Mureaux 115 No. 42, was hit by the Flak.      
TINLAND
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Transferred to the GR II/52 on May 13, 1940.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
MONTAGNON
Captain
Pilot
Mureaux 115 n°42 : Shot down by the Flak on May 12, 1940. The crew is taken prisoner.
JEAN
Lieutenant
Observer

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Romilly sur Seine
10 - Aube
August 1939
Saint-Omer
62 - Pas de Calais
November 10, 1939
Couvron
02 - Aisne
Villers-lès-Guise
02 - Aisne
March 24, 1940
Brêtigny-sur Orge
91 - Essone
May 13, 1940
Tours-Mettray
37 - Indre et Loire
May 18, 1940
Clermont-Ferrand
63 - Puy de Dôme
Bordeaux-Mérignac
33 - Gironde
Juny 05, 1940
Pau
64 - Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Juny 14, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GAO 544

 

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 544 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 :

  • 3 Mureaux 115
  • 1 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crew prisoners
2
Captain MONTAGNON
May 12, 1940
Lieutenant JEAN
May 12, 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