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Reconnaissance Group GR II/52
3rd Squadron
4th Squadron


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GR II / 52 is attached to the 9th Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).

 


Staff

Commanders of the group GR II/52
Commander GOURILLON Alphonse
 
Commander of the 3rd Squadron
Lieutenant TISSIER Joseph
 
Commander of the 4th Squadron
Captain BELBEZE
October 161939
 

 


Personnel

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Civil-statut
Photos
Citations
AMARRE
Lieutenant
Observer
3rd Sqn.
On September 25, 1939, Potez 637 No.31 was hit by the Flak, before being attacked by 6 Me109. The Aircraft crashes into flames. The three crew members are injured      
APERCE
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
On May 15, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.439 is severely hit by the Flak and must land, train back, campaign. The aircraft is destroyed, but the crew is unscathed.      
BAUD Hippolyte
Captain
Pilot
On May 13, 1940, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11, crashes, for unknown reasons, into a forest shortly after his departure for a night mission. The crew is killed.      
BELBEZE Henri
Captain
Observer
Staff 4th Sqn.
On October 16, 1939, Potez 637 No.42 was shot down by 5 Me109. Captain BELBEZE is killed.      
BIOLETTI
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
On September 27, 1939, the Potez 637 No.4 is shot down by 9 Me109: The crew is killed      
BOUR Georges
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 13, 1940, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11, crashes, for unknown reasons, into a forest shortly after his departure for a night mission. The crew is killed.      
BOURHIS Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 15, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.439 is severely hit by the Flak and must land, train back, campaign. The aircraft is destroyed, but the crew is unscathed.      
CHARLIER
Chief Warrant Officer
Observer
On May 19, 1940, his Aircraft, a Potez 637 is attacked by 9 Me109 and, in flames, must land in campaign. Adjutant CHARLIER is injured.      
COLIN Marcel
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
After being severely hit by the Flak, Potez 63-11 No.163 was forced to land train returned to the field May 11, 1940. Sub-Lieutenant COLIN is seriously injured.      
DUGNAT Georges
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
  From the GAO544, it is transferred to the GR II/52 on May 13, 1940.      
DU PARC Guillaume
Lieutenant
Observer
On September 27, 1939, the Potez 637 No.4 is shot down by 9 Me109: The crew is killed      
DUDEZERT Roger
Captain
Observer

The Potez 637 No.54 is attacked on September 30, 1939 by 3 Me109 and crashes into flames. Captain DUDEZERT, unscathed, parachutes.

On May 15, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.439 is severely hit by the Flak and must land, train back, campaign. The aircraft is destroyed, but the crew is unscathed.

     
ESCOFFIER
Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 19, 1940, the Potez 637 No.10 is attacked by 3 Me109 and, in flames, must land in the countryside. The crew managed to evacuate the aircraft before it exploded. Lieutenant ESCOFFIER is unharmed.      
FARELACCI
Sergeant
Pilot
  From the GAO544, it is transferred to the GR II/52 on May 13, 1940.      
GENTY
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On September 25, 1939, Potez 637 No.31 was hit by the Flak, before being attacked by 6 Me109. The Aircraft crashes into flames. The three crew members are injured      
GEORGEON
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Pilot
       
GOURILLON Alphonse
Commander
Commander of the Group
Staff Group
     
KUEHN Georges
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
       
MALLE
Aspirant
Pilot
     
MARTIN
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
After being hit severely by the Flak, the Potez 63-11 No.163 is forced to land train returned to the campaign May 11, 1940. Staff-Sergeant MARTIN is unscathed.      
MERCY Antoine
Adjutant
Pilot
The Potez 637 No.54 is attacked on September 30, 1939 by 3 Me109 and crashes into flames. Adjutant MERCY seriously injured      
MILLET
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
After being severely hit by the Flak, Potez 63-11 No.163 was forced to land train returned to campaign May 11, 1940. Staff Sergeant MILLET is seriously injured.      
PELTRIAUX
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
On May 19, 1940, his Aircraft, a Potez 637 is attacked by 9 Me109 and, in flames, must land in campaign. Adjutant PELTRIAUX is injured.      
PINCZON DU SEL Jean-Marie
Lieutenant
Pilot
4th Sqn.
On October 16, 1939, Potez 637 No.42 was shot down by 5 Me109. Lieutenant PINCZON DU SEL is killed      
RITUIT
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
The Potez 637 No.54 is attacked on September 30, 1939 by 3 Me109 and crashes into flames. Staff Sergeant RITUIT is killed      
ROUILLON Lucien
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 13, 1940, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11, crashes, for unknown reasons, into a forest shortly after his departure for a night mission. The crew is killed.      
SAUDRY Kléber
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
On September 27, 1939, the Potez 637 No.4 is shot down by 9 Me109: The crew is killed      
THIEBAULT Paul
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
On May 19, 1940, the Potez 637 No.10 is attacked by 3 Me109 and, in flames, must land in the countryside. The crew managed to evacuate the aircraft before it exploded. Adjutant THIEBAULT is injured.      
THIERRY
Sergeant
Pilot
On May 19, 1940, his Aircraft, a Potez 637 is attacked by 9 Me109 and, in flames, must land in campaign. Sergeant THIERRY is unharmed.      
TINLAND
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
  From the GAO544, it is transferred to the GR II/52 on May 13, 1940.      
TISSIER Joseph
Lieutenant
Pilot
Staff 3rd Sqn.
On September 25, 1939, Potez 637 No.31 was hit by the Flak, before being attacked by 6 Me109. The Aircraft crashes into flames. The three crew members are injured      
VAUTHIER
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
     
VERGE André
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
4th Sqn.
On October 16, 1939, Potez 637 No.42 was shot down by 5 Me109. Staff Sergeant VERGNE, badly wounded, parachutes and is taken prisoner when arriving on the ground.      
VUATRIN
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 19, 1940, the Potez 637 No.10 is attacked by 3 Me109 and, in flames, must land in the countryside. The crew managed to evacuate the aircraft before it exploded. Lieutenant VUATRIN is wounded.      

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
MALLE
Candidate Officer
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 52
VAUTHIER
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
BIOLETTI
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
Crew
TISSIER
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 31 : Destroyed in air combat on September 25, 1939. All three crew members are wounded
AMARRE
Lieutenant
Observer
GENTY
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
SAUDRY Kléber
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 4 : Destroyed in aerial combat on September 27, 1939 in Moselle: The crew is killed
DU PARC Guillaume
Lieutenant
Observer
BIOLETTI
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
Crew
MERCY
Adjutant
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 54 : Destroyed in aerial combat on September 30, 1939. Captain DUDEZERT parachutes, Adjutant MERCY is seriously injured and Staff-Sergeant RITUIT is killed
DUDEZERT
Captain
Observer
RITUIT
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
PINCZON DU SEL Jean-Marie
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 42 : Destroyed in air combat on October 16, 1939. Lieutenant PINCZON DU SEL and Captain BELBEZE are killed and Staff-Sergeant VERGNE, wounded, is taken prisoner.

BELBEZE Henri

Captain
Observer
VERGNE
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
MARTIN
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 163 :Destroyed on landing May 11, 1940 after an air fight: Staff-Sergeant MILLET and Sub-Lieutenant COLIN are wounded
COLIN
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
MILLET
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
BAUD Hippolyte
Captain
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° ? : Destroyed by accident on May 13, 1940. The crew is killed.
ROUILLON Lucien
Lieutenant
Observer
BOUR Georges
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
BOURHIS
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 439 : Damaged by the Flak May 15, 1940, it is destroyed by posing in the countryside: the crew is unscathed.
DUDEZERT
Captain
Observer
APERCE
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
Crew
ESCOFFIER
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 10 : Destroyed in aerial combat on May 19, 1940. The crew is unscathed.
VUATRIN
Lieutenant
Observer
THIEBAULT
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
THIERRY
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 637 n° ? : Destroyed in aerial combat on May 19, 1940. Chief Warrant Officer CHARLIER and Adjutant PELTRIAUX were wounded.
CHARLIER
Chief Warrant Officer
Observer
PELTRIAUX
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Herbéviller
54 - Meurthe et Moselle
September 3, 1939
Couvron
02 - Aisne
February 9, 1940
Château-Thierry
02 - Aisne
May 16, 1940
Etrépagny
27 - Eure
May 18, 1940
Caen Rocquancourt
14 - Calvados
May 22, 1940
Troarn
14 - Calvados
June 1, 1940
Bordeaux Mérignac
33 - Gironde
June 2, 1940
Perpignan La Salanque
66 - Pyrénées Orientales
June 18, 1940
Oran La-Sénia
Algeria
June 20, 1940

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GR II/52

 


Aircrafts

The GR II/52 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 Potez 542
  • 7 Potez 637
  • 2 Potez 63-11
  • 1 Bloch MB175

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
9
Lieutenant DU PARC (Combat)
September 27, 1939
Adjudant-Chef SAUDRY (Combat)
September 27, 1939
Caporal-Chef BIOLETTI (Combat)
September 27, 1939
Sergent-Chef RITUIT (Combat)
September 30, 1939
Capitaine BELBEZE (Combat)
October 16, 1939
Lieutenant PINCZON DU SEL (Combat)
October 16, 1939
Lieutenant ROUILLON (Accident)
May 13, 1940
Capitaine BAUD (Accident)
May 13, 1940
Sergent-Chef BOUR (Accident)
May 13, 1940
Crewmen injured
9
Lieutenant AMARRE (Combat)
September 25, 1939
Lieutenant TISSIER (Combat)
September 25, 1939
Sergent-Chef GENTY (Combat)
September 25, 1939
Adjudant MERCY (Combat)
September 30, 1939
Sergent-Chef VERGNE (Combat)
October 16, 1939
Sous-Lieutenant COLIN (Combat)
May 11, 1940
Sergent-Chef MILLET (Combat)
May 11, 1940
Adjudant-Chef CHARLIER (Combat)
May 19, 1940
Adjudant PELTRIAUX (Combat)
May 19, 1940
Crewmen prisoner
1
Sergent-Chef VERGNE
October 16, 1939


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 Jacqueline and Paul MARTIN - Editions Aéro-Editions