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Air Observation Group GAO 511


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GAO 511 is attached to the 9th Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).


Staff

Commanders of the group GAO 511
Commander MAINGUY
 

 


Pilots

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Photos
Indiv. Card
DE-LA-ROCQUE Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Killed on May 13, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 288 shot down by the Flak.    
DE SORBIER DE POUGNADORESSE Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
     
FAGET
Sergeant
Pilot
   
GESSIAUME Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner
Killed on May 13, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 288 shot down by the Flak.    
GOURDIN-SERVENIERE
Sergeant
Pilot
   
LAFOND Gilbert
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
     
MAINGUY
Commander
Commander du Groupe
   
PEIGNE René
Captain
Observer
Killed on May 13, 1940 aboard Potez 63-11 No. 288 shot down by the Flak.
 
ROBIC Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
     

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
DE-LA-ROCQUE Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 288 :Shot down by the Flak on May 13, 1940. The crew is killed.
PEIGNE René
Captain
Observer
GESSIAUME Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Names of airfields
Period of use of airfields
Nantes
September 3, 1939
Lesquielles-Saint-Germain
September 21, 1939
Le Cannet-Des-Maures
October 24, 1939
Sisteron Thèze
December 8, 1939
Monceau-Le-Waast
March 29, 1940
Villers-lès-Guise
April 11, 1940
Versigny
May 11, 1940
Beaulieu
May 13, 1940
Chéry-les-Pouilly
May 14, 1940
Bouresches
May 16, 1940
Tours Mettray
May 18, 1940
Denguin
June 18, 1940

 


Aircrafts

The GAO 511 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 :

  • 6 Potez 390
  • 1 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
3
Captain PEIGNE (Combat)
May 13, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant DE-LA-ROCQUE (Combat)
May 13, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant GESSIAUME (Combat)
May 13, 1940

 

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