Reconnaissance Group GR I/35
1st Squadron
2nd Squadron


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GR I / 35 is attached to the 7th Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).

 


Staff

Commanders of the group GR I/35
Commander SOURNIA
early 1939
May 8, 1940
Commander DEPRES
May 8, 1940
Commander of the 1st Squadron
Captain NEUVILLE
Commander of the 2nd Squadron
Captain ROBERT

June 4, 1940

 


Pilots

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
ALLAIRE Robert
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On June 16, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.610 was shot down in a fight against 27 Me109 ... The aircraft crashes into German territory and the crew Wounded, is initially taken prisoner, but will succeed to escape on June 18th.
ARIS
Sergeant
Pilot
1st Sqn.
On February 24, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.2 crashes on the ground during a flying flight during a ferry mission. The crew is injured
BAIL Albert
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On March 21, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.255 crashes after an engine failure. The crew is killed
BALIGANT
Staff-Sergeant
Observer
BAUDENON
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
BAUDIN
Sergeant
Pilot
Joined the Group on June 1, 1940 with Bloch MB174 No.13
BIENVAULT
Lieutenant
Pilot
2nd Sqn.
BLIN
Lieutenant
BOIRE
Adjutant
BONNEVAL
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
BOULLE
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
CHAILA
Captain
Observer
 
CHALARD Michel
Sergeant
Pilot
CHAPAT Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
1st Sqn.
On May 23, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.402 is attacked by Me109. The pilot manages to return to the field. but Staff Sergeant CHAPAT was killed during the fight.
CHAPUIS Emile
Sergeant
Electrician
1st Sqn.
On October 31, 1939, Bloch 131 No.73 crashed during a field test at Dole. The crew is injured.
CHARRIER
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
CHATILLON Lucien
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
On June 8, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.691 was shot down by the Flak while strafing a group of German armored vehicles. The plane must land in the countryside. The crew is unscathed.
CHEVASSUS Raoul
Adjutant
Pilot
1st Sqn.
On October 31, 1939, Bloch 131 No.73 crashed during a field test at Dole. The crew is injured.
CHOULET
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
CORNU
Sergeant
Observer
DALEMONT Bruno
Lieutenant
Pilot
1st Sqn.
One of the first pilots transformed on Potez 63-11
DE-BERNARDY Bruno
Adjutant
Pilot
1st Sqn.
On May 23, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.402 is attacked by Me109. Adjutant DE-BERNARDY, unscathed, managed to return to the field, but the gunner was killed during the fight.
DELACOUR
Sergeant
Pilot
DELAITRE Marcel
Lieutenant
Observer
Joined the Group at the beginning of April 1940 from GAO544
DE-MARQUEYRE
Lieutenant
Observer
Left the Group on May 5th to join GR II/14
DE-PONTAC
Lieutenant
Observer
Leaves the Group on May 15th to join GR II/33
DEPRES
Commander
Staff Group
DORIZON
Chief Warrant Officer
DUPONT
Lieutenant
Observer
Joined the Group on June 1, 1940 with Bloch MB174 No.54
FILLIATRE
Staff-Sergeant
GALY Albert
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 25, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.265 was shot down by the Flak and crashed to the ground. The crew is killed.
GAULMIN
Sergeant
Pilot
Joined the Group on June 1, 1940 with Bloch MB174 No.54
HENRY Pierre
Adjutant
Pilot
HUGOT
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
JANNIN Jean
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
2nd Sqn.
His aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.620, was shot down during an air fight against 3 Me109 on June 4, 1940. Adjutant JANIN was seriously injured.
JOLIVET
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine Gunner
JONVILLE Louis
Lieutenant
Observer
KESSLER
Chief Warrant Officer
Observer
LAMY François
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
2nd Sqn.
On May 12, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.317 was assaulted by 9 Me109 and crashed to the ground before igniting. The crew is injured.
LANDRY
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
LANVARIO Jean
Sergeant
Pilot
LARPENT Serge
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
2nd Sqn.
His aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.620, was shot down during an air fight against 3 Me109 on June 4, 1940. Sub Lieutenant LARPENT was killed.
LECOMTE
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
LEGENDRE
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Joined the Group on June 1, 1940 with Bloch MB174 No.13
LEVAILLANT
Sergeant
Observer
LUTHEREAU Alphonse
Lieutenant
Observer
Joined the Group on August 26, 1939.
MARCHAL
Adjutant
Observer
MATHELIN Roger
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 7, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.827 was shot down by German fighters and crashed into flames on the ground. The crew is killed.
MEYZONADE
Captain
Observer
MOLLIERE
Adjutant
Pilot
MONIGARD Henri
Captain
Pilot
On June 8, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.691 was shot down by the Flak while strafing a group of German armored vehicles. The plane must land in the countryside. The crew is unscathed.
MONTANTEME Georges
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 8, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.691 was shot down by the Flak while strafing a group of German armored vehicles. The plane must land in the countryside. The crew is unscathed.
MOREAU
Sergeant
Pilot
NEUVILLE
Captain
Observer
Staff 1st Sqn.
On May 23, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No.402 is attacked by Me109. The pilot managed to return to the field, however. Captain NEUVILLE is unharmed, but the gunner was killed during the fight.
NICOULAUD
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Left the Group on May 5th to join GR II/14
PANEBOEUF René
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 25, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.265 was shot down by the Flak and crashed to the ground. The crew is killed.
PERRAUD
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
PIET
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
1st Sqn.
PLOYE René
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On June 16, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.610 was shot down in a fight against 27 Me109 ... The aircraft crashes into German territory and the crew Wounded, is initially taken prisoner, but will succeed to escape on June 18th.
PONT
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
POYEN Jean
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Machine-Gunner
 
PRAS
Sergeant
Pilot
PRINI Marc
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 7, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.827 was shot down by German fighters and crashed into flames on the ground. The crew is killed.
RABUEL
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
RAVIER
Lieutenant
Observer
Joined the Group on June 1, 1940 with Bloch MB174 No.13
REGIS Pierre
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 7, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.827 was shot down by German fighters and crashed into flames on the ground. The crew is killed.
RENARD
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
2nd Sqn.
RETRU Ernest
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
REYTER
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Leave the Group to join the ECN II/Mechanic13 where he will be killed in action May 27, 1940
ROBERT Jean
Captain
Pilot
Staff 2nd Sqn.
His aircraft, Potez 63-11 No.620, was shot down during an air fight against 3 Me109 on June 4, 1940. Captain ROBERT was killed.
SCHAUFELBERGER
Lieutenant
Observer
1st Sqn.
On February 24, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.2 crashes on the ground during a flying flight during a ferry mission. The crew is injured
SERPOL
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
SERVONNET
Corporal
Machine Gunner
SICARD Jean
Adjutant
Mechanic
On March 21, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.255 crashes after an engine failure. The crew is killed
SORDET
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
2nd Sqn.
On May 12, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.317 was assaulted by 9 Me109 and crashed to the ground before igniting. The crew is injured.
SOREL Louis
Lieutenant
Observer
On March 21, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.255 crashes after an engine failure. The crew is killed
SOURNIA
Commander
Staff Group
THEVENIN Robert
Sergeant
Mechanic
1st Sqn.
On October 31, 1939, Bloch 131 No.73 crashed during a field test at Dole. The crew is injured.
THOMAS Georges
Corporal
Machine Gunner
On October 31, 1939, Bloch 131 No.73 crashed during a field test at Dole. The crew is injured.
TOMASI
Sergeant
  Radio
1st Sqn.
On February 24, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.2 crashes on the ground during a flying flight during a ferry mission. The crew is injured
TONI Charles
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On June 16, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.610 was shot down in a fight against 27 Me109 ... The aircraft crashes into German territory and the crew Wounded, is initially taken prisoner, but will succeed to escape on June 18th.
TRIOL
Lieutenant
Observer
Joined the Group on May 28, 1940 from GAO516
TROUILLOT
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
VALETTE Marcel
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
On May 25, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.265 was shot down by the Flak and crashed to the ground. The crew is killed.
VANARET Georges
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
2nd Sqn.
On May 12, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.317 was assaulted by 9 Me109 and crashed to the ground before igniting. The crew is injured.
VECTEN
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
VIGNERON
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Left the Group on May 5th to join GR II/14
WEIL Jacques
Captain
Observer
Joined the Group September 9, 1940

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
CHEVASSUS Raoul
Adjutant
Pilot
Bloch 131 n° 73 :Crashes during a Dole field test on October 31, 1939. The crew is injured.
THEVENIN Robert
Sergeant
Mechanic
CHAPUIS Emile
Sergeant
Electrician
THOMAS Georges
Corporal
Machine Gunner
Crew
ARIS
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 2 : Destroyed by accident on February 24, 1940: he crashes on the ground in low flight. The crew is injured
SCHAUFELBERGER
Lieutenant
Observer
TOMASI
Sergeant
  Radio
Crew
BAIL Albert
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 255 : Destroyed by accident (engine failure) on March 21, 1940. The crew is killed
SOREL Louis
Lieutenant
Observer
SICARD Jean
Adjutant
Mechanic
Crew
SORDET
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 317 : Destroyed in air combat on May 12, 1940. The crew is wounded.
LAMY
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
VANARET
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
DE-BERNARDY
Adjutant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 402: Attacked by BF109E May 23, 1940, the pilot managed to bring him back to the field, but Staff-Sergeant CHAPAT is killed.
NEUVILLE
Captain
Observer
CHAPAT Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
PANEBOEUF René
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 265 : Shot down by the Flak on May 25, 1940. The crew is killed.
GALY Albert
Lieutenant
Observer
VALETTE Marcel
Staff-Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
ROBERT Jean
Captain
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 620 : Shot down by German fighters on 4 June 1940. Lieutenant LARPENT and Captain ROBERT are killed. Adjutant JANNIN is seriously injured.
LARPENT Serge
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
JANNIN
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
Crew
PRINI Marc
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 827 : Shot down by German fighters on June 7, 1940. The crew is killed.
REGIS Pierre
Lieutenant
Observer
MATHELIN Roger
Sergeant
Machine Gunner
Crew
MONIGARD
Captain
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 691 : Shot by Flak on June 8, 1940: the crew is unscathed.
MONTANTEME Georges
Lieutenant
Observer
CHATILLON
Adjutant
Machine Gunner
Crew
ALLAIRE Robert
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 610 : Shot down by German fighters June 16, 1940: the crew is wounded.
TONI Charles
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
PLOYE René
Sergeant
Machine Gunner

 


Airfield

Names of airfields
Period of use of airfields
Lons-Le-Saulnier Courlaoux
August 28, 1939
Dôle Tavaux
September 3, 1939
Calais Marck
November 13, 1939
Saint-Omer Longuenesse
December 21, 1939
Mantes Gassicourt
May 20, 1940
Champeaux
June 9, 1940
Voves Baignolet
June 11, 1940
Romorantin
June 14, 1940
Jonzac
June 17, 1940
Perpignan La Salanque
June 19, 1940
Alger Maison-blanche
June 20, 1940

 


Aircrafts

The GR I/35 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 :

  • 9 Bloch MB131
  • 36 Potez 63-11
  • 3 Bloch MB174


Casualties

Crewmen killed
12
Lieutenant SOREL (Accident)
March 21, 1940
Staff-Sergeant BAIL (Accident)
March 21, 1940
Adjutant SICARD (Accident)
March 21, 1940
Staff-Sergeant CHAPAT (Combat)
May 23, 1940
Lieutenant GALY (Combat)
May 25, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant PANEBOEUF (Combat)
May 25, 1940
Staff-Sergeant VALETTE (combat)
May 25, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant LARPENT (Combat)
June 4, 1940
Captain ROBERT (Combat)
June 4, 1940
Lieutenant REGIS (Combat)
June 7, 1940
Sergeant PRINI (Combat)
June 7, 1940
Sergeant MATHELIN (Combat)
June 7, 1940
Crewmen injured
14
Adjutant CHEVASSUS (Accident)
October 31, 1939
Sergeant THEVENIN (Accident)
October 31, 1939
Sergeant CHAPUIS (Accident)
October 31, 1939
Corporal THOMAS (Accident)
October 31, 1939
Lieutenant SCHAUFELBERGER (Accident)
February 24, 1940
Sergeant ARIS (Accident)
February 24, 1940
Sergeant TOMASI (Accident)
February 24, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant LAMY (Combat)
May 12, 1940
Staff-Sergeant SORDET (Combat)
May 12, 1940
Staff-Sergeant VANARET (Combat)
May 12, 1940
Adjutant JANNIN (Combat)
June 4, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant ALLAIRE (Combat)
June 16, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant TONI (Combat)
June 16, 1940
Sergeant PLOYE (Combat)
June 16, 1940

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