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Reconnaissance Group GR II/14
3rd Squadron
4th Squadron


Historical

This Group was created on 05 May 1940

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GR II / 14 belongs to the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAA (Zone of Air Operations Alps) and is attached to the Army of the Alps.


Staff

Commanders of the group GR II/14
Commander DE-LA-VAISSIERE-DE-LA-VERGNE  
Commander of the 3rd Squadron
Captain LYON
 
Commander of the 4th Squadron
Lieutenant GALLAVARDIN  

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Civil Statut
Photos
Citations
ANCET Victor
Lieutenant
Observer & Crew Chief
1st Sqn.
Assigned to the group on October 10, 1937. Transferred to GR II/14 on 5 May 1940.  
 
BOYER
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner 
1st Sqn.
     
COCHETEL
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 19, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N° 196 is the victim of an accident following a setting spin: Lieutenant COCHETEL parachute jump, and landed unscathed.      
COULOMNIER Pierre
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner 
On June 19, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N° 196 is the victim of an accident following a spin: Sergeant COULOMNIER parachute, but it goes into a torch and he kills himself. 'landing.      
DEBARIS
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On June 24, 1940, his aircraft, No.63 Potez 63-11, was damaged during an air fight with a Me109 and was destroyed on landing. June 24, 1940. Sub-Lieutenant DEBARIS is unharmed.      
DE-LA-VAISSIERE-DE-LA-VERGNE  
Commander
Staff Group
     
DE-MARQUEYRE
Lieutenant
Observer
Joined the Group on May 5th from GR I / 35      
FAURE
Sergeant
Pilot
1st Squ.
Confirmed presence in the Group in May and June 1940      
FRAYSSINES
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 19, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N°196 is victim of an accident following a spin: Sergeant FRAYSSINES parachute jump, and landed unscathed. Confirmed presence in the Group from May 1940 to July 1941.      
GALLAVARDIN
Lieutenant
Staff 4th Sqn.
     
LAUGEROTTE
Sergeant
Pilot
1st Squ.
Confirmed presence in the Group from May 1940 to August 1941.      
LYON
Captain
Staff 3rd Sqn.
     
MARTIN
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner 
On June 24, 1940, his aircraft, No 63 Potez 63-11, was damaged during an air fight with a Me109 and was destroyed on landing. June 24, 1940. Sergeant MARTIN is wounded during the engagement.      
MINARD
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner 
1st Squ.
Confirmed presence in the Group from May 1940 to February 1941.      
NICOULAUD
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Joined the Group on May 5th from GR I / 35      
PARAGOT
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner 
1st Squ.
     
RACLET
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner 
1st Squ.
     
ROBIN
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 24, 1940, his aircraft, No. 63 Potez 63-11, was damaged during an air fight with a Me109 and was destroyed on landing. Sergeant ROBIN is unharmed.      
VIGNERON
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Joined the Group on May 5th from GR I / 35      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
FRAYSSINES
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 196 : Destroyed by accident on June 19, 1940: the crew parachutes, but that of Sergeant COULOMNIER goes into torch: it kills itself on landing.
COCHETEL
Lieutenant
Observer
COULOMNIER Pierre
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner 
Crew
ROBIN
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 187 : Destroyed following an aerial combat on June 24, 1940. Sergeant MARTIN is injured
DEBARIS
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
MARTIN
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner 

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Chambran-Marcilloles
38 - Isère
May 5, 1940
Orange Plan-De-Dieu
84 - Vaucluse
June 18, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GR II/14

 


Aircrafts

The GR II/14 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 :

  • 1 Potez 637
  • 12 Potez 63-11


Casualties

Crewmen killed
1
Sergeant COULOMNIER (Accident)
June 19, 1940
Crewmen injured
1
Sergeant MARTIN (Combat)
June 19, 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
- ...