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Reconnaissance Group GR I/55
1st Squadron
2nd Squadron


Historique

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GR I / 55 is attached to the 8th Army of the "Air Force Cooperation" of the ZOAS (South Air Operations Area).

 


Staff

Commanders of the group GR I/55
Commander BISSON      
Commander DE-TARLE
 
Commander of the 1st Squadron
Captain GIRIER
     
Lieutenant LE-BRUN Jean
 
Commander of the 2nd Squadron
Captain PERRIER Auguste      
Lieutenant DA Pierre
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Civil Statut
Photos
Citations
AUZEING Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 27, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 679 was seriously hit by the Flak and crashed. The crew is unscathed, manages to leave the aircraft before its explosion.      
BISSON
Commander
Staff Group
     
BOUTIERE
Adjutant
Pilot
       
DA Pierre
Lieutenant
Pilot
Staff 2nd Sqn.
     
DE BALATIER
Adjutant
Pilot
     
DE LESSAN Robert
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 17, 1940, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11 is hit by the Flak, at the observer's station. The pilot managed to bring the aircraft back to his field, but Lieutenant DE-LAISSANS was killed.      
DE-TARLE
Commander
Staff Group
     
FICHET
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Pilot
       
FLOTARD Jacques
Captain
Observer
       
GALLAVARDIN
Lieutenant
Observer
     
GIRIER
Captain
Staff 1st Sqn.
     
GOUZIAN Georges
Lieutenant
Observer
       
GRANCHER Auguste
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
1st Sqn.
On May 27, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 679 was seriously hit by the Flak and crashed. The crew is unscathed, manages to leave the aircraft before its explosion.      
HECKER
Sergeant
Pilot
       
JUILLE Michel
Captain
Observer
       
LE-BRUN Jean
Lieutenant
Pilot
Staff 1st Sqn.
     
PAQUET
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
     
PERINEL
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
       
PERRIER Auguste
Captain
Staff 2nd Sqn.
     
POUZOL Louis
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
On May 27, 1940, Potez 63-11 No. 679 was seriously hit by the Flak and crashed. The crew is unscathed, manages to leave the aircraft before its explosion.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
GRANCHER
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 679 : Shot down by Flak on May 27, 1940. The crew is unscathed
AUZEING
Lieutenant
Observer
POUZOL
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Orange Plan-De-Dieu
84 - Vaucluse
September 3, 1939
Chambaran Marcilloles
38 - Isère
December 12, 1939
Lure Malbouhans
70 - Haute-Saône
March 20, 1940
Pontarlier
25 - Doubs
June 15, 1940
Nantua-Port
01 - Ain
June 15, 1940
Feurs
42 - Loire
June 17, 1940
Saint Rambert D'Albon
26 - Drôme
June 17, 1940
Lézignan
11- Aude
June 18, 1940
Marignane
13 - Bouches du Rhône
June 18, 1940
Orange Plan-De-Dieu
84 - Vaucluse
June 19, 1940
Perpignan La Salanque
66 - Pyrénées orientales
June 21, 1940
Alger Maison-Blanche
Algeria
June 22, 1940
Oran-La-Sénia
Algeria
June 23, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GR I/55

 


Aircrafts

The GR I/55 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 :

  • 2 Potez 542
  • 2 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
1
Lieutenant DE-LAISSANS (Combat)
June 17, 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
- ...