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Reconnaissance Group GR II/36
3rd Squadron
4th Squadron


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GR II / 36 is attached to the 5th Army within the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAE (East Air Operations Area).

 


Staff

Commanders of the group GR II/36
Commander POUTIER  
Commander BAILLY
 
Commander of the 3rd Squadron
Captain PARDAILLAN Salvat
 
Commander of the 4th Squadron
Captain HOQUETIS Lionel

 

 

 


Pilots

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
BAILLY
Commander
Staff Group
     
BOURGOIN René
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 22, 1940, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11 was hit by the Flak during a low-altitude mission. The Pilot is seriously injured and it is the Observer, Lieutenant BOURGOIN who succeeds in bringing the aircraft back to the ground and putting the train back in.      
CAMBEFORT Jacques
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Mentioned in the official journal of October 28th 1940 for two missions carried out within the GR II/36 on April 1st and May 26th 1940. He also belonged to GAO 517 (see photo), without precise date to date Born on 4 September 1911 in Salvagnac (81 - Tarn)
Died on 6 April 1983
CATHALA Adrien
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
- On September 29, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 540 No.160, was accidentally destroyed on landing when returning from a night mission. Chief Warrant Officer CATHALA is unharmed.
- On May 22, 1940, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11 was hit by the Flak during a low-altitude mission. The Chief Warrant Officer CATHALA is seriously injured and it is the Observer, Lieutenant BOURGOIN who manages to bring the aircraft back to the ground and the landing gear. Staff Sergeant CATHALA will die shortly after landing.
     
COUDERC Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
       
DARRE Paul
Lieutenant
Pilot
       
DELASSAUX
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 22, 1940, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11 was hit by the Flak during a low-altitude mission. The Pilot is seriously injured and it is the Observer who manages to bring the aircraft back to the ground and put the train back in. He had previously asked the Staff-Sergeant DELASSAUX to evacuate in parachute, and this one, unscathed poses without incident.      
DELIOT Jean
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Machine-Gunner
       
DERVILLE Ignace
Lieutenant
Observer
       
GENAY
Lieutenant
Observer
4th Sqn.
On September 29, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 540 No.160, was accidentally destroyed on landing when returning from a night mission. Lieutenant GENAY is injured.      
GIRARD Max
Staff-Sergeant
Radio
       
GOAILLE Roger
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
       
HENON Albert
Lieutenant
Pilot
       
HOQUETIS Lionel
Captain
Crew Chief
Staff 4th Sqn.
On September 29, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 540 No.160, was accidentally destroyed on landing when returning from a night mission. Captain HOQUETIS is unscathed.      
MATIGNON
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
4th Sqn.
On September 29, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 540 No.160, was accidentally destroyed on landing when returning from a night mission. Chief Warrant Officer MATIGNON is injured.      
PARDAILLAN Salvat
Captain
EM 3rd Sqn.
     
POUTIER
Commander
Staff Group
     

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
CATHALA Adrien
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 540 N° 160 :September 29, 1939, accidentally destroyed on landing. Lieutenant GENAY and Chief Warrant Officer MATIGNON are injured
HOQUETIS
Captain
Crew Chief
GENAY
Lieutenant
Observer
MATIGNON
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
Crew
CATHALA
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez ? : Hit by Flak May 22, 1940. The Pilot, Chief Warrant Officer CATHALA is killed. It's the Observer, Lieutenant BOURGOIN who puts the train gear back.
BOURGOIN
Lieutenant
Observer
DELASSAUX
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner

 


Stories

Names
Photos
Descriptive
Sub-Lieutenant Jacques CAMBEFORT
Source Mr Yves CAMBEFORT, his Son

 

 

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Malamison
02 - Aisne
August 28, 1939
Couvron
02 - Aisne
September 16, 1939
Nancy
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
February 19, 1940
Azelot
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
April 22, 1940
Neufchâteau
88 - Vosges
May 29, 1940
Ambérieu-En-Bugey
01 - Ain
June 13, 1940
Loyettes
01 - Ain
June 16, 1940
Montélimar
26 - Drôme
June 17, 1940
Marignane
13 - Bouches du Rhône
June 18, 1940
Salon-de-Provence
13 - Bouches du Rhône
June 19, 1940
Perpignan La Salanque (Potez)
66 - Pyrénées Orientales
June 20, 1940
Bizerte-Sidi Ahmed (Bloch)
Tunisia
June 20, 1940
Tunis El Aouina
Tunisia
June 21, 1940
Sétif (Bloch)
Algéria
June 21, 1940
Alger Maison-Blanche
Algéria
June 22, 1940
Sétif
Algéria
June 23, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GR II/36

 


Aircrafts

The GR II/36 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 540

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
1
Chief Warrant Officer CATHALA (Combat)
May 22, 1940
Crewmen injured
2
Lieutenant GENAY (Accident)
September 29, 1939
Chief Warrant Officer MATIGNON (Accident)
September 29, 1939

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sources

- Mr Yves CAMBEFORT : The Sub-Lieutenant Jacques CAMBEFORT was his Father
- 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 Jacqueline and Paul MARTIN - Editions Aéro-Editions