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Bomber Group GB II/38

3rd Squadron
4th Squadron


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GB II / 38 is attached to the Group No. 10 of the "Reserved Air Forces" of the ZOAE (East Air Operations Zone).


Staff

Commanders of the group GB II/38
Commander BODET
Captain DESTANNES
May 16, 1940
Captain DU-BESSAY-DE-CONTENSON Gérard
May 17, 1940
Captain FLEURIAU
Commander of the 3rd Squadron
Captain DU-BESSAY-DE-CONTENSON Gérard
May 16, 1940
Commander of the 4th Squadron
Lieutenant JACOB

 


Pilots

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
BARRAU De LORDE Joseph
Adjutant
Pilot
On May 30, 1940, an Amiot 143, probably damaged by the Flak, crashes on landing. Adjutant BARRAU-DE-LORDE is killed.
BAUER
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On May 16, 1940, at the start of a mission, the Amiot 143 No 136 crashes after a power failure. Staff Sergeant BAUER is unharmed.
BECK Joseph
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Pilot
 
BENOIT
Lieutenant
BODET
Commander
Cder of Group
DESHOGUES
Paul
DESTANNES Louis
Captain
Cder of Group
and Crew Chief
On May 16, 1940, at the start of a mission, the Amiot 143 No 136 crashes after a power failure. Captain DESTANNES is killed.
DORANGEON Ernest
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Crew Chief
 
DU-BESSEY-DE-CONTENSON Gérard
Captain
Cder of 3rd Sqn
then
Cder of Group
FLEURIAU
Captain
Cder of Group
HAMEL
Lieutenant
Crew Chief
JACOB
Lieutenant
Crew Chief
and
Cder 4th Sqn.
JEANNE
Sub-Lieutenant
Crew Chief
LECLERC
Chief Warrant Officer
Radio
On May 16, 1940, at the start of a mission, the Amiot 143 No 136 crashes after a power failure. Chief Warrant Officer LECLERC is injured.
PONS
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 16, 1940, at the start of a mission, the Amiot 143 No 136 crashes after a power failure. Sub-Lieutenant PONS is unscathed.
VIAL Louis
Lieutenant
Navigateur
On May 16, 1940, at the start of a mission, the Amiot 143 No 136 crashes after a power failure. Lieutenant VIAL is killed.

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Crew
PONS
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Amiot 143 n° 136 : Following an engine failure, he crashed on May 16, 1940. Captain DESTANNES and the VIAL VIAL are killed, the Chief Warrant Officer LECLERC is injured.
DESTANNES
Captain
Crew Chief
VIAL
Lieutenant
Navigateur
LECLERC
Chief Warrant Officer
Radio
BAUER
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Names of airfields
Period of use of airfields
Troyes Barberey
October 15, 1939
Chaumont
May 5, 1940
Nuits-Saint-Georges
June 13, 1940
Feurs
June 15, 1940
Avignon Pujaut
June 16, 1940
Perpignan
June 18, 1940
Avignon Châteaublanc
June 19, 1940
Arles Mas-de-Rus
June 21, 1940

 


Aircrafts

The GB II/38 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 :

  • 11 Amiot 143

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
3
Captain DESTANNES (Accident)
May 16, 1940
Lieutenant VIAL (Accident)
May 16, 1940
Adjutant BARRAU-DE-LORDE (Combat)
May 30, 1940
Crewmen injured
1
Chief Warrant Officer LECLERC (Accident)
May 16, 1940

 

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