Reconnaissance Group GR II/36
3rd Squadron
4th Squadron


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GR II / 36 is attached to the 5th Army within the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAE (East Air Operations Area).

 


Staff

Commanders of the group GR II/36
Commander POUTIER
Commander BAILLY
Commander of the 3rd Squadron
Captain PARDAILLAN Salvat
Commander of the 4th Squadron
Captain HOQUETIS Lionel

 

 


Pilots

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Photos Indiv. Card
BAILLY
Commander
Staff Group
   
BOURGOIN René
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 22, 1940, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11 was hit by the Flak during a low-altitude mission. The Pilot is seriously injured and it is the Observer, Lieutenant BOURGOIN who succeeds in bringing the aircraft back to the ground and putting the train back in.    
CAMBEFORT Jacques
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Quoted in the official journal of October 28, 1940 for two missions made within the GR II / 36 on April 1 and May 26, 1940. Also belonged to the GAO 517 (see photo), with no precise date to date
CATHALA Adrien
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
- On September 29, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 540 No.160, was accidentally destroyed on landing when returning from a night mission. Chief Warrant Officer CATHALA is unharmed.
- On May 22, 1940, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11 was hit by the Flak during a low-altitude mission. The Chief Warrant Officer CATHALA is seriously injured and it is the Observer, Lieutenant BOURGOIN who manages to bring the aircraft back to the ground and the landing gear. Staff Sergeant CATHALA will die shortly after landing.
   
COUDERC Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
     
DARRE Paul
Lieutenant
Pilot
     
DELASSAUX
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 22, 1940, his aircraft, a Potez 63-11 was hit by the Flak during a low-altitude mission. The Pilot is seriously injured and it is the Observer who manages to bring the aircraft back to the ground and put the train back in. He had previously asked the Staff-Sergeant DELASSAUX to evacuate in parachute, and this one, unscathed poses without incident.    
DELIOT Jean
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Machine-Gunner
     
DERVILLE Ignace
Lieutenant
Observer
     
GENAY
Lieutenant
Observer
4th Sqn.
On September 29, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 540 No.160, was accidentally destroyed on landing when returning from a night mission. Lieutenant GENAY is injured.    
GIRARD Max
Staff-Sergeant
Radio
     
GOAILLE Roger
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
     
HENON Albert
Lieutenant
Pilot
     
HOQUETIS Lionel
Captain
Crew Chief
Staff 4th Sqn.
On September 29, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 540 No.160, was accidentally destroyed on landing when returning from a night mission. Captain HOQUETIS is unscathed.    
MATIGNON
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
4th Sqn.
On September 29, 1939, his aircraft, the Potez 540 No.160, was accidentally destroyed on landing when returning from a night mission. Chief Warrant Officer MATIGNON is injured.    
PARDAILLAN Salvat
Captain
EM 3rd Sqn.
   
POUTIER
Commander
Staff Group
   

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
CATHALA Adrien
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez 540 N° 160 :September 29, 1939, accidentally destroyed on landing. Lieutenant GENAY and Chief Warrant Officer MATIGNON are injured
HOQUETIS
Captain
Crew Chief
GENAY
Lieutenant
Observer
MATIGNON
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
Crew
CATHALA
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Potez ? : Hit by Flak May 22, 1940. The Pilot, Chief Warrant Officer CATHALA is killed. It's the Observer, Lieutenant BOURGOIN who puts the train gear back.
BOURGOIN
Lieutenant
Observer
DELASSAUX
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Names of airfields
Period of use of airfields
Malamison
August 28, 1939
Couvron
September 16, 1939
Nancy
February 19, 1940
Azelot
April 22, 1940
Neufchâteau
May 29, 1940
Ambérieu-En-Bugey
June 13, 1940
Loyettes
June 16, 1940
Montélimar
June 17, 1940
Marignane
June 18, 1940
Salon-de-Provence
June 19, 1940
Perpignan (Potez) / Bizerte (Bloch)
June 20, 1940
Tunis / Sétif (Bloch)
June 21, 1940
Alger Maison-Blanche
June 22, 1940
Sétif
June 23, 1940

 


Aircrafts

The GR II/36 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 Potez 540

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
1
Chief Warrant Officer CATHALA (Combat)
May 22, 1940
Crewmen injured
2
Lieutenant GENAY (Accident)
September 29, 1939
Chief Warrant Officer MATIGNON (Accident)
September 29, 1939

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