Reconnaissance Group GR II/22
3rd Squadron
4th Squadron


Historical

On May 10, 1940, the GR II / 22 is attached to the 2nd Army of the 1st Air Division of the ZOAN (North Air Operations Area).

 


Staff

Commanders of the group GR II/22
Commander BARRUET
Commander of the 3rd Squadron
Captain QUENET
Captain FOUCHE
Captain SAGON Henri
June 14, 1940
Captain MASSONI
June 15, 1940
Commander of the 4th Squadron
Captain CAROL

Lieutenant VIART Georges
Captain GROYSILLIER

 


Pilots

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
BARRUET
Commander
Staff Group
BARSE
Captain
Observer
On May 17, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 219, hit by the Flak, must land in the countryside where he is burned by the unharmed crew.
BLANCHARD
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
- January 13, 1940, Staff-Sergeant BLANCHARD is forced to evacuate in flight his aircraft, a bloch MB131 caught in the mist.He poses indeme in the countryside.
- On June 5, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N216 is shot down in a fight with the opponent at 7 Me109 and crashes. Staff-Sergeant BLANCHARD is unscathed.
BLANCHOT
Corporal
Machine-Gunner
On October 30, 1939, during a night reconnaissance mission, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11, hit by enemy fire, must land in open country but ended his race in a pylon: the crew is unscathed
CADOUX
Corporal
Machine-Gunner
On November 7, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N 31, attacked by 9 Me109 must land on the belly .. Corporal CADOUX is killed during the fight.
CAROL
Captain
Staff 4th Sqn.
COUDOUX Pierre
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
On May 17, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 219, hit by the Flak, must land in the countryside where he is burned by the unharmed crew.
CRUTEL Robert
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
On May 17, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 219, hit by the Flak, must land in the countryside where he is burned by the unharmed crew.
DEMIMUID Joseph
Captain
Observer
On June 5, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N 216 was shot down during a fight with the opponent at 7 Me109 and crashed. Captain DEMIMUID is injured.
DROUET Ferdinand
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On May 14, 1940, returning from a mission, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N 684 spin and crashes on landing: the crew is killed.
FOUCHE
Captain
Staff 3rd Sqn.
FUHRER
Sergeant
Pilot
On October 30, 1939, during a night reconnaissance mission, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11, hit by enemy fire, must land in open country but ended his race in a pylon: the crew is unscathed
GROYSILLIER
Captain
Staff 4th Sqn.
GUERIN Jean
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
His aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 716 was shot down by the German fighters on June 14, 1940. The crew, unscathed, was taken prisoner.
HENON Jean
Lieutenant
During a mission on September 29, 1939, Lieutenant HENON died following an accidental rupture of his inhaler hose,
KERBRAT Paul
Chief Warrant Officer
Observer
His aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 716 was shot down by the hunt on June 14, 1940. The crew, unscathed, was taken prisoner.
LE-BAIL Jean-Baptiste
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
- On November 7, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 N31, attacked by 9 Me109 must land on his belly. The Chief Warrant Officer LE BAIL is unscathed
- May 14, 1940, returning from a mission, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N684 spin and crashes on landing: the crew is killed.
LECHEVREL Maurice
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
- On October 30, 1939, during a night reconnaissance mission, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11, hit by enemy fire, must land in open country but ends his race in a pylon: the crew is unscathed
- On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 258 was shot down in aerial combat. The crew is killed.
LE-COSSEC Yves
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 14, 1940, returning from a mission, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N684 spin and crashes on landing: the crew is killed
LEMOINE Georges
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
- January 13, 1940, the Chief Warrant Officer LEMOINE is forced to evacuate in flight his aircraft, a bloch MB131 caught in the mist.Il will be injured during the jump.
- On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 258 was shot down in aerial combat. The crew is killed.
MARIE Pierre
Chief Warrant Officer
Observer
"- On November 7, his aircraft, Potez 63-11 N31, attacked by 9 Me109 must land on the belly. The Chief Warrant Officer MARIE is unscathed.
- On January 13, 1940, the Chief Warrant Officer MARIE is forced to evacuate in flight his aircraft, a bloch MB131 caught in the mist. His parachute goes into a torch and he kills himself when he gets to the ground.
MASSONI
Captain
Staff 3rd Sqn.
From GAO I / 551
QUENET
Captain
Pilot
Staff 3rd Sqn.
On October 15, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N53 was hit by the Flak and must land on the belly : the crew is unscathed
QUENOLLE René
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 5, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 N216 was shot down during a fight with the opponent at 7 Me109 and crashed. Staff Sergeant QUENOLLE is seriously injured.
RIGOLLIER
Sergeant
Radio
On January 13th, 1940, the Sergeant RIGOLLIER is forced to evacuate in flight his aircraft, a bloch MB131 taken in the haze. It lands indeme on the ground.
SAGON Henri
Captain
Pilot
Staff 3rd Sqn.
His aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 716 was shot down by German fighters on June 14, 1940. The crew, unscathed, was taken prisoner.
STEILDE Camille
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 15, 1940, his aircraft, the Potez 63-11 No. 258 was shot down in aerial combat. The crew is killed.
VIART Georges
Lieutenant
Staff 4th Sqn.

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
FUHRER
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° ? : Damaged during a reconnaissance mission. He lands in the countryside but hits a pylon: the crew is unscathed
LECHEVREL
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
BLANCHOT
Corporal
Machine-Gunner
Crew
LE BAIL
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 31 : November 7th, arises on the belly following an attack by 9 BF109E. Corporal CADOUX is killed
MARIE Pierre
Chief Warrant Officer
Observer
CADOUX
Corporal
Machine-Gunner
Crew
LEMOINE
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Bloch 131 n° ? : Destroyed by accident on January 13, 1940. His crew evacuated it in flight. Chief Warrant Officer MARIE is killed: his parachute is torched. Chief Warrant Officer LEMOINE is injured .. The rest of the crew is unscathed
MARIE
Chief Warrant Officer
Observer
RIGOLLIER
Sergeant
Radio
BLANCHARD
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
LE-BAIL Jean-Baptiste
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 684 : Destroyed by accident on May 14, 1940. The crew is killed.
DROUET Ferdinand
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
LE-COSSEC Yves
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
LEMOINE Georges
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 258 : Shot down in air combat on May 15, 1940. The crew is killed.
LECHEVREL Maurice
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
STEILDE Camille
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
COUDOUX
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 219 : Damaged by the Flak May 17, 1940, the pilot lands in the countryside where he is burned by the unharmed crew.
BARSE
Captain
Observer
CRUTEL
Adjutant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
QUENOLLE
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 216 : Shot by German fighters on June 5, 1940. Captain DEMIMUID and Staff-Sergeant QUENOLLE are wounded, the latter seriously. Staff-Sergeant BLANCHARD is unscathed.
DEMIMUID
Captain
Observer
BLANCHARD
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
SAGON
Captain
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 716 : Shot by German fighters on June 14, 1940. The crew is taken prisoner
KERBRAT
Chief Warrant Officer
Observer
GUERIN
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Names of airfields
Period of use of airfields
Etain-Rouvres
September 3, 1939
Metz-Frescaty
September 21, 1939
Chatel-Chéhéry
February 23, 1940
Vassincourt
May 14, 1940
Brienne-Le-Château
June 12, 1940
Châtillon-sur-Seine
June 13, 1940
Avord
June 15, 1940
Limoges
June 16, 1940
Moissac
June 17, 1940
Montpellier
June 21, 1940

 


Aircrafts

The GR II/22 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 :

  • 1 Bloch MB131
  • 10 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
9
Lieutenant HENON (Accident)
September 29, 1939
Corporal CADOUX (Combat)
November 7, 1939
Chief Warrant Officer MARIE (Accident)
January 13, 1940
Sub-lieutenant DROUET (Accident)
May 14, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer LE-BAIL (Accident)
May 14, 1940
Staff-Sergeant LE-COSSEC (Accident)
May 14, 1940
Staff-Sergeant STEILDE (Combat)
May 15, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant LECHEVREL (Combat)
May 15, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer LEMOINE (Combat)
May 15, 1940
Crewmen injured
3
Chief Warrant Officer LEMOINE (Accident)
January 13, 1940
Captain DEMIMUID (Combat)
June 5, 1940
Staff-Sergeant QUENOLLE (combat)
June 5, 1940
Prisoner Crewmen
3
Chief Warrant Officer KERBRAT
June 14, 1940
Captain SAGON
June 14, 1940
Sergeant GUERIN
June 14, 1940

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