Fighter Group GC III/5

5th Squadron (Ex BR 108)
6th Squadron (Ex SPA 97)


Historical

GC III / 5 was created on May 15, 1940 by uniting squadrons BR 108 and SPA 97. At the declaration of hostilities, GC III / 5 occupies the airfield of Bizerte-Sidi Ahmed (Tunisia) and is equipped with Morane Saulnier 406 and Bleriot-Spad 510.

With the Groups engaged at the front having priority, GC III / 5 suffers from lack of equipment and means. The fighting against the Italians from June 12, 1940, will often be without results: the Moranes are too slow and the means of communication failing or missing.

At the armistice, the GC III / 5 was a likely victory against an Italian plane.

GC III / 5 is finally dissolved on August 1st, 1940.


Staff

Commanders of the group GC III/5
Commander BENSON
May 15, 1940
August 1st, 1940
Captain BLANCHET : Deputy Commander
May 15, 1940
August 1st, 1940
Lieutenant FAUCHER : Deputy Commander
May 15, 1940
August 1st, 1940
Commanders of the 5th Squadron
Captain BARNY DE ROMANET
May 15, 1940
August 1st, 1940
Commanders of the 6th Squadron
Lieutenant MERLE
May 15, 1940
August 1st, 1940

 


Pilots

Pilots of Group
Names of pilots
Rank
Squadron
Victories
Informations
Sure
Prob.
ANCELET
Staff-Sergeant
6th Sqn.
BARNY DE ROMANET
Captain
Staff 5th Sqn.
BENSON
Commander
Staff Group
BLANCHET
Captain
Staff Group
BLETON
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
BUISSON
Chief Warrant Officer
COHARD
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
DALTOUR
Lieutenant
6th Sqn.
FATIO
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
FAUCHER
Lieutenant
Staff Group
FROMENTAL
Lieutenant
6th Sqn.
HAGI
Sergeant
6th Sqn.
JONQUIERES
Lieutenant
LAMORERE
Lieutenant
6th Sqn.
MERLE
Lieutenant
Staff 6th Sqn.
MORAN
Lieutenant
1
RONSSIN
Staff-Sergeant
SMOLIK Vojtech
Corporal
Czech Pilot

 


Airfields

Airfields
Period of use of airfields
Names
County
Bizerte-Sidi Ahmed
Tunisia
From May 15, 1940 to May 26, 1940
Bir-Guénich
Tunisia
From May 26 to July 24 1940
Djedeida
Tunisia
From June 14 to 19, 1940 (5th Sqn.)
Bizerte-Sidi Ahmed
Tunisia
From July 24 to August 1, 1940 (dissolution)

Click on the map to enlarge :

Itinerary of the GC III/5

 


Aircrafts

The GC III/5 was equipped since its creation on May 15, 1940, following aircrafts :

The used aircrafts are described in the accessible file by the link below. You will find Nb of series, Registration, date of affectation to the group, and fate of the plane there.

In this list are identified :

    - 1 Blériot-Spad 510
    - 10 Morane-Saulnier MS406

     


Records

Confirmed Victories
1
Savoia Marchetti SM79
1

 


Casualties

CG III / 5 had no losses during the French campaign.

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