Reconnaissance Group GR I/33
1st Squadron
2nd Squadron


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GR I / 33 is attached to the 6th Air Division of the "Reserved Air Forces" of the ZOAS (South Air Operations Area).

 


Staff

Commanders of the group GR I/33
Commander VALIN  
Commander DRONNEAU Léon
 
Commander of the 1st Squadron
Captain SCHNEIDER
September 20, 1939
 
Lieutenant CATON
September 21, 1939
16 October 16, 1939
 
Captain PECOU
June 10, 1940
 
Commander of the 2nd Squadron
Lieutenant CANTENER Henri  
Captain MOYNOT André

 

 


Pilots

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Photos
Indiv. Card
ARNION
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
October 16, 1939, his Aircraft, the Potez 637 No. 17 is hit hard by the flak and crashes.    
BISCH Xavier
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 10, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N° 426 crashes on the ground shortly after takeoff: Lieutenant BISCH is killed.    
BOURREAUD-GUIGNARD Robert
Lieutenant
Observer
     
BRULLOT Marcel
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
   
CANTENER
Lieutenant
Staff 2nd Sqn.
   
CATON Max
Lieutenant
Pilot
Staff 1st Sqn.
October 16, 1939, his Aircraft, the Potez 637 No. 17 is hit hard by the flak and crashes. Lieutenant CATON, seriously wounded dies two days later.
 
CHABERT
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
     
DE-FORGES Paul
Lieutenant
Pilot
His Aircraft, the Potez 637 No. 20 was shot down on December 20, 1939 by the Flak and German Fighters and crashed in Germany. The crew, wounded, is taken prisoner.    
DE-MAZENOD Gérard
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
     
DROITCOURT
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
His aircraft, No. 26 Potez 637, was shot down on November 7, 1939 during an aerial combat against a major Me109 formation. Staff-Sergeant DROITCOURT is seriously injured.    
DRONNEAU Léon
Commander
Staff Group
   
DUCROCQ René
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Pilot
     
FONTAINE Jean
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Pilot
     
GALLAND Raymond
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
     
GERMETTE Bernard
Lieutenant
Pilot
On June 4, 1940, his aircraft, Bloch MB 174 No. 17, took off and crashed to the ground: The crew was killed.    
HENRY
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
His aircraft, Potez 637 No. 26, was shot down on November 7, 1939 during an aerial combat against a major Me109 formation. Sub-Lieutenant HENRY, wounded, parachutes.    
HOCQUEMILLER René
Captain
Observer
On November 7, 1939, the Potez 637 No. 18 is attacked by a large formation of Me109E and is shot down in flame: the crew is killed.    
ISNARD Hubert
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
     
JOSSERAND Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 17, 1940, the Potez 63-11 N° 454 hit by the flak crashes near a German motorized column: Staff Sergeant Josserand seriously injured, is taken prisoner.    
LAEMMEL Hippolyte
Lieutenant
Observer
Gravely burned on October 16, 1939 aboard the Potez 637 No. 17 hit hard by the flak    
LEBRUN Maurice
Lieutenant
Observer
     
LE-MOAL
Staff-Sergeant
Radio - Machine-Gunner
     
LEPLAN
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On September 20, 1939, his aircraft, Potez 637 No. 25 was destroyed by the Flak on September 20, 1939. Sergeant LEPLAN, wounded is taken prisoner.    
LEVY Clément
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On June 17, 1940, the Potez 63-11 N° 454 hit by the flak crashes close to a motorized German column: the LEVY Sub-Lieutenant is killed.
 
MARICHY André
Sergeant
Radio - Machine-Gunner
     
MARTINET Louis
Captain
Captain
     
MEYER René
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Chief-Warrant-Officer
     
MINARD Jean
Adjutant
Adjutant
     
MONNERET
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On June 17, 1940, the Potez 63-11 N° 454 hit by the flak crashes close to a German motorized column: Sergeant MONNERET injured, is taken prisoner.    
MOXICA Antoine
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On June 10, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N° 426 crashed on the ground shortly after takeoff: Staff Sergeant MOXICA, severely burned, will die on June 15.
 
MOYNOT André
Captain
Staff 2nd Sqn.
   
NAVELET Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
His Aircraft, the Potez 637 No. 20 was shot down on December 20, 1939 by the Flak and German fighters and crashed in Germany. The crew, wounded, is taken prisoner.    
NOEL
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On September 20, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 637 No. 25 was destroyed by the Flak on September 20, 1939. The Sub-Lieutenant NOEL, wounded is taken prisoner.    
PECOU René
Captain
Pilot
Staff 1st Sqn.
On June 10, 1940, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 No. 426 crashed on the ground shortly after takeoff: Captain PECOU, severely burned, died soon after the accident.    
PERRET Joseph
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Radio - Machine-Gunner
     
PICOT Maurice
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Machine-Gunner
     
REBOIS
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On June 4, 1940, his aircraft, Bloch MB 174 No. 17, took off and crashed to the ground: The crew was killed.    
RETOURNA Paul
Captain
Pilot
     
SACCHI Emile
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On November 1, 1939, during a high-altitude mission aboard a Potez 637, the Sub-Lieutenant SACCHI is the victim of a breakdown of inhaler died after its transport to the Hospital    
SCHNEIDER
Captain
Observer
Staff 1st Sqn.
On September 20, 1939, his aircraft, Potez 637 No. 25 , was destroyed by the Flak on September 20, 1939. Captain SCHNEIDER was killed    
STRUB
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
His aircraft, Potez 637 No. 26, was shot down on November 7, 1939 during an aerial combat against a major Me109 formation. Sergeant STRUB is killed.    
TOUREL Paul
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
His Aircraft, the Potez 637 No. 20 was shot down on December 20, 1939 by the Flak and German fighters and crashed in Germany. The crew, wounded, is taken prisoner.    
TREVIS
Adjutant
Pilot
On November 7, 1939, the Potez 637 No.18 is attacked by a large formation of Me109E and is shot down in flame: the crew is killed.    
VAILLANT
Staff-Sergeant
Observer
On June 4, 1940, his aircraft, Bloch MB 174 No.17, took off and crashed to the ground: The crew was killed.    
VALIN
Commander
Pilot
Staff Group
   
WARYN
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On November 7, 1939, the Potez 637 No.18 is attacked by a large formation of Me109E and is shot down in flame: the crew is killed.    

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
NOEL
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 25 : Destroyed by the Flak on September 20th, 1939. The Captain SCHNEIDER is killed, the two other members of the crew, wounded, are taken prisoner
SCHNEIDER
Captain
Observer
LEPLAN
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
CATON Max
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 17 : Destroyed by the Flak on October 16, 1939. The plane crashed near Darmstadt. Lieutenant CATON and Sergeant ARNION are killed. Lieutenant LAEMMEL, seriously wounded is taken prisoner.
LAEMMEL
Lieutenant
Observer
ARNION
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
VALIN
Commander
Pilot
Potez 637 n° ? : On November 1, 1939, during a high-altitude mission, Sub-Lieutenant SACCHI suffered an inhaler failure and died after being transported to the hospital.
SACCHI Emile
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
BRULLOT
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
Crew
TREVIS
Adjutant
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 18 : Shot on November 7, 1939 by BF109E. The crew is killed
HOCQUEMILLER René
Captain
Observer
WARYN
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
DROITCOURT
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 26 : Shot on November 7, 1939 by BF109E. Sergeant STRUB is killed. Staff Sergeant DROITCOURT and Sub Lieutenant HENRY are injured
HENRY
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
STRUB
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
DE-FORGES
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 637 n° 20 : Shot down on December 20, 1939 by the Flak and the German fighters. The crew, wounded, is taken prisoner.
NAVELET
Lieutenant
Observer
TOUREL
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
GERMETTE Bernard
Lieutenant
Pilot
Bloch MB 174 n° 17 : Destroyed by accident at take off on June 4, 1940. The crew is killed.
VAILLANT
Staff-Sergeant
Observer
REBOIS
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
PECOU René
Captain
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 426 : Accidentally crashes on takeoff on June 10, 1940: the crew is killed.
BISCH Xavier
Lieutenant
Observer
MOXICA Antoine
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
JOSSERAND
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n°454 : Shot by the flak on June 17, 1940: Sub-Lieutenant LEVY is killed. Sergeant MONNERET and Sergeant. JOSSERAND injured, are taken prisoner.
LEVY Clément
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
MONNERET
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Names of airfields
Period of use of airfields
Chatel-Chéhéry
August 27, 1939
Saint-Dizier
August 31, 1939
Dôle Tavaux
April 2, 1940
Martigny-Les-Gerbonvaux
June 4, 1940
Châlon-sur-Saône
June 13, 1940
Saint Yan / Paray-Le-Monial
June 15, 1940
Feurs
June 16, 1940
Lézignan
June 18, 1940
Marignane
June 19, 1940
Sétif
June 21, 1940

 


Aircrafts

The GR I/33 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 :

  • 5 Potez 637
  • 4 Potez 63-11
  • 1 Bloch MB174

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
15
Captain SCHNEIDER (Combat)
September 20, 1939
Lieutenant CATON (Combat)
October 16, 1939
Sergeant ARNION (Combat)
October 16, 1939
Sub-Lieutenant SACCHI (Accident)
November 1, 1939
Captain HOCQUEMILLER (Combat)
November 7, 1939
Adjutant TREVIS (Combat)
November 7, 1939
Sergeant WARYN (Combat)
November 7, 1939
Staff-Sergeant STRUB (Combat)
November 7, 1939
Lieutenant GERMETTE (Accident)
June 4, 1940
Staff-Sergeant REBOIS (Accident)
June 4, 1940
Staff-Sergeant VAILLANT (Accident)
June 4, 1940
Lieutenant BISCH (Combat)
June 10, 1940
Captain PECOU (Combat)
June 10, 1940
Staff-Sergeant MOXICA (Combat)
June 10, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant LEVY (Combat)
June 17, 1940
Crewmen injured
10
Sub-Lieutenant NOEL (Combat)
September 20, 1939
Staff-Sergeant LEPLAN (Combat)
September 20, 1939
Lieutenant LAEMMEL (Combat)
October 16, 1939
Staff-Sergeant DROITCOURT (Combat)
November 7, 1939
Sub-Lieutenant HENRY (Combat)
November 7, 1939
Lieutenant NAVELET (Combat)
December 20, 1939
Adjutant TOUREL (Combat)
December 20, 1939
Lieutenant DE-FORGES (Combat)
December 20, 1939
Staff-Sergeant MONNERET (Combat)
June 17, 1940
Sergeant JOSSERAND (Combat)
June 17, 1940
Crewmen prisoners
8
Sub-Lieutenant NOEL
September 20, 1939
Staff-Sergeant LEPLAN
September 20, 1939
Lieutenant LAEMMEL
October 16, 1939
Lieutenant NAVELET
December 20, 1939
Adjutant TOUREL
December 20, 1939
Lieutenant DE-FORGES
December 20, 1939
Staff-Sergeant MONNERET
June 17, 1940
Sergeant JOSSERAND
June 17, 1940

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