Reconnaissance Group GR II/55
3rd Squadron
4th Squadron


Historical

On the date of the outbreak of the German attack of May 10, 1940, the GR II / 55 is attached to the Air Cooperation Forces of the ZOAA (Zone of Air Operations Alps) and is assigned to the General Reserve.

 


Staff

Commanders of the group GR II/55
Commander BIRON Fernand  
Commander of the 3rd Squadron
Lieutenant FELIX Raymond
January 10, 1940
Captain GUILLAUME
January 10, 1940
 
Lieutenant GERMAIN Jean
May 21, 1940
Captain SACRE
May 22, 1940
 
Commander of the 4th Squadron
Lieutenant LEHOUX

 

 


Pilots

Pilots and crew of the Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Sqn.
Informations
Photos
Indiv. Card
ABOUT
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On June 15, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.857, damaged by the Flak is forced to land in the countryside. The crew is unscathed.    
ANDRE Yves
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On June 9, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.198 was severely hit several times by the flak and crashed on landing on Buc's ground. Sergeant ANDRE is injured.    
AUGE Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On June 21, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.489 is shot down by the Flak: the Sub-Lieutenant AUGE is killed.    
AVON
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
The Potez 63-11 No.355 is damaged by the Flak on June 13, 1940, but he can join his field. Sergeant AVON is unscathed.    
BAYLE
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
On June 15, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.857, damaged by the Flak is forced to land in the countryside. The crew is unscathed.    
BIRON Fernand   
Commander
Staff Group
   
BOQUIEN
Sub-Lieutenant
 
BOULARD Pierre
Lieutenant
Observer
3rd Sqn.
On January 10, 1940, POTE 63-11 No.184 and shot down by 4 BF109. The crew is killed.
 
BRUN René
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 19, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.673 was hit by the Flak and crashed into flames. The crew is killed.    
BRUNE Gaston
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On May 20, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.430 was hit by the Flak, and trying to stabilize the aircraft, the pilot struck power lines and crashed to the ground. Sub-Lieutenant BRUNE is killed.
 
CARASSOU-MAILLAN Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Observer
On May 18, 1940, after returning from a ferry flight, Potez 63-11 No.666 crashed on landing. Staff-Sergeant CARASSOU-MAILLAN is killed.    
CARCAUT André
Lieutenant
Pilot
     
CECCALDI André
Captain
Observer
On May 24, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.432 was shot down by the Flak during a low-altitude mission. Captain CECCALDI is killed.    
CHANGRIN Marcel
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
3rd Sqn.
On January 10, 1940, POTE 63-11 No.184 and shot down by 4 BF109. The crew is killed.
 
CHANTELOU Edouard
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 19, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.197 hit by the Flak, crashes into the yard of a farm and catches fire. The crew is killed.    
CHAREYRE
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On June 8, 1940, while taking off for a mission, the Potez 63-11 No.800 struck a Morane 406 and caught fire. The crew is unscathed.    
CHAUDEL Bernard
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On June 19, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.197 hit by the Flak, crashes into the yard of a farm and catches fire. The crew is killed.    
COURTIEU Emile
Commander
Deputy Group Commander
     
COSTES
Staff-Sergeant
 
CROZON
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On September 26, 1939, Bloch MB131 N ° 80 is shot down by 6 Me109. Sergeant CROZON is seriously injured    
D'ANGLEJAN
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 15, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.857, damaged by the Flak is forced to land in the countryside. The crew is unscathed.
DUBOIS François
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
The Potez 63-11 No.203 was shot down by the Flak on May 21, 1940 during a low-altitude mission. The crew is killed.    
DURAND Robert
Lieutenant
Observer
On May 19, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.673 was hit by the Flak and crashed into flames. The crew is killed.
 
EVENO
Captain
Crew Chief
On September 26, 1939, Bloch MB131 N ° 80 is shot down by 6 Me109. Captain EVENO is unharmed    
FELIX Raymond
Lieutenant
Pilot
Staff 3rd Sqn.
On January 10, 1940, POTE 63-11 No.184 and shot down by 4 BF109. The crew is killed.
 
FOLLOROUX Hervé
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
On September 26, 1939, Bloch MB131 N ° 80 is shot down by 6 Me109. Second Lieutenant FOLLOROUX is killed    
GAILLARD
Sub-Lieutenant
 
GAUTHIER
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On June 1, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.320 is shot down by the Flak and must land in the countryside. Sergeant GAUTHIER, unscathed, is taken prisoner    
GERMAIN Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
Staff 3rd Sqn.
The Potez 63-11 No.203 was shot down by the Flak on May 21, 1940 during a low-altitude mission. The crew is killed.
 
GIRARD Marius
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
On September 26, 1939, Bloch MB131 N ° 80 is shot down by 6 Me109. Chief Warrant Officer GIRARD is unharmed.    
GRANIER
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
The Potez 63-11 No.355 is damaged by the Flak on June 13, 1940, but he can join his field. Staff-Sergeant GRANIER is injured.    
GUILLAUME
Captain
Staff 3rd Sqn.
   
JACQUEMART Alexis
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner

On June 8, 1940, while taking off for a mission, the Potez 63-11 No.800 struck a Morane 406 and caught fire. The crew is unscathed.

Potez 63-11 No.719, hit by the Flak on June 20, 1940, crashes in flames: the crew is killed.

   
JACQUES Edmond
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
Potez 63-11 No.719, hit by the Flak on June 20, 1940, crashes in flames: the crew is killed.
 
LEFEBVRE Geoffroy
Sergeant
Pilot
On June 9, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.198 was severely hit several times by the flak and crashed on landing on Buc's ground. Sergeant LEFEVRE is unscathed.    
LEHOUX
Lieutenant
Staff 4th Sqn.
   
LORY
Lieutenant
On October 11, 1939, his Bloch 131 crashes on landing: Lieutenant LORY is wounded    
LUCAS René
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 1, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.320 is shot down by the Flak and must land in the countryside. Staff-Sergeant LUCAS, wounded, is taken prisoner.    
MANESCAU Marie
Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 18, 1940, after returning from a ferry flight, Potez 63-11 No.666 crashed on landing. Lieutenant MANESCAU is killed.    
MARTINI
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 18, 1940, after returning from a ferry flight, Potez 63-11 No.666 crashed on landing. Staff-Sergeant MARTINI is injured.    
MARTY André
Lieutenant
Pilot
On June 21, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.489 is shot down by the Flak: Lieutenant MARTY is killed.    
MORIER
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On June 8, 1940, while taking off for a mission, the Potez 63-11 No.800 struck a Morane 406 and caught fire. The crew is unscathed.    
PFENNINGER Albert
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 24, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.432 was shot down by the Flak during a low-altitude mission. Sergeant PFENNINGER is killed.    
PIERRE Louis
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
The Potez 63-11 No.203 was shot down by the Flak on May 21, 1940 during a low-altitude mission. The crew is killed.
 
RAMBAULT Albert
Lieutenant
Pilot
On May 20, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.430 was hit by the Flak, and trying to stabilize the aircraft, the pilot struck power lines and crashed to the ground. Lieutenant RAMBAULT is killed.
 
RESCOUSSIE Sylvain
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On May 19, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.673 was hit by the Flak and crashed into flames. The crew is killed.
 
ROBERT Henri
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 No.719, hit by the Flak on June 20, 1940, crashes in flames: the crew is killed.
 
RONDEAU
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
On May 24, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.432 was shot down by the Flak during a low-altitude mission. Sergeant RONDEAU is seriously injured.    
ROUPAIN Jean
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 9, 1940, Potez 63-11 No.198 was severely hit several times by the flak and crashed on landing on Buc's ground. Lieutenant ROUPAIN is wounded.    
SACRE
Captain
Staff 3rd Sqn.
   
SALLES
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
The Potez 63-11 No.355 is damaged by the Flak on June 13, 1940, but he can join his field. Sub-Lieutenant SALLES is injured.    
SAUDUBRAY Gaston
Chief-Warrant-Officer
Machine-Gunner
     
SEVE
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On May 20, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.430 was hit by the Flak, and trying to stabilize the aircraft, the pilot struck power lines and crashed to the ground. Staff-Sergeant SEVE parachutes himself before the Potez touches the wires, and will be the only survivor.    
THIERRY André
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
On June 21, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.489 was shot down by the Flak: Sergeant THIERRY managed to evacuate the aircraft and parachute, but, badly burned, he died on June 25, 1940.    
VALLET
Lieutenant
Observer
On June 1, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.320 is shot down by the Flak and must land in the countryside. Lieutenant VALLET, hurt. Is made prisoner.    
VASSEUR André
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
On June 19, 1940, the Potez 63-11 No.197 hit by the Flak, crashes into the yard of a farm and catches fire. The crew is killed.    

 

 

Stories of crews

Crews of Group
Names of crew members
Rank
Function
Informations
Crew
GIRARD
Chief Warrant Officer
Pilot
Bloch MB131 N° 80 : Shot down in air combat on September 26, 1939. Ss-Lt FOLLOROUX is killed and Sergeant CROZON is seriously injured
EVENO
Captain
Crew Chief
FOLLOROUX Hervé
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
CROZON
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
FELIX Raymond
Lieutenant
Pilot
POTEZ 63-11 n° 184 : Shot on January 10, 1940 by 4 BF109. The crew is killed.
BOULARD Pierre
Lieutenant
Observer
CHANCRIN Marcel
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
MANESCAU Marie
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 666 : Destroyed by accident on May 18, 1940. Lieutenant MANESCAU and Staff-Sergeant CARASSOU-MAILLAn are killed. Staff-Sergeant MARTINI is injured
CARASSOU-MAILLAN Jean
Staff-Sergeant
Observer
MARTINI
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
RESCOUSSIE Sylvain
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 673 : Destroyed by the Flak on May 19, 1940. The crew is killed.
DURAND Robert
Lieutenant
Observer
BRUN René
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
RAMBAULT Albert
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 430 : Destroyed by the Flak on May 20, 1940. Only Staff-Sergeant SEVE parachutes. Lieutenant RAMBAULT and Sub Lieutenant BRUNE are killed
BRUNE Gaston
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
SEVE
Staff-Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
DUBOIS Pierre
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 203 : Shot down by the Flak May 21, 1940. The crew is killed.
GERMAIN Paul
Lieutenant
Observer
PIERRE Louis
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
RONDEAU
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 432 : Shot down by Flak on May 24, 1940. Captain CECCALDI and Sergeant PFENNINGER are killed. Sergeant RONDEAU is seriously injured.
CECCALDI André
Captain
Observer
PFENNINGER Albert
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
LUCAS
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 320 : Shot by the Flak on June 1, 1940. Staff-Sergeant LUCAS and Lieutenant VALLET are injured. Sergeant GAUTHIER is unharmed. The crew is taken prisoner.
VALLET
Lieutenant
Observer
GAUTHIER
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
MORIER
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 800 : Destroyed by collision at takeoff on June 8, 1940. The crew is unscathed.
CHAREYRE
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
JACQUEMART
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
Crew
LEFEVRE
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 198 : Severely damaged by the Flak on June 9, 1940, he crashes on landing: Lieutenant ROUPAIN and Sergeant ANDRE are wounded.
ROUPAIN
Lieutenant
Observer
ANDRE
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
GRANIER
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 355 : Damaged by the Flak on June 13, 1940, he can rejoin his field, but Sub-Lieutenant SALLES and Staff-Sergeant GRANIER are wounded.
SALLES
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
AVON
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
BAYLE
Sub-Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 857 : Damaged by the Flak on June 15, 1940, he lands in the countryside. The crew is unscathed.
D'ANGLEJAN
Lieutenant
Observer
ABOUT
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner
Crew
CHANTELOU Edouard
Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 197 : Shot by the Flak on June 19, 1940: the crew is killed.
CHAUDEL Bernard
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
VASSEUR André
Master-Corporal
Machine-Gunner
Crew
ROBERT Henri
Staff-Sergeant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 719 : Shot by the Flak on June 20, 1940: the crew is killed.
JACQUES Edmond
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
JACQUEMART Alexis
Chief Warrant Officer
Machine-Gunner
Crew
MARTY André
Lieutenant
Pilot
Potez 63-11 n° 489 : Shot by the Flak on June 21, 1940: the crew is killed.
AUGE Jean
Sub-Lieutenant
Observer
THIERRY André
Sergeant
Machine-Gunner

 


Airfield

Names of airfields
Period of use of airfields
Lure Malbouhans
September 3, 1939
Chambaran Marcilloles
March 26, 1940
Le Bourget
May 19, 1940
Orly
May 21, 1940
Mormant Grands Puits
June 2, 1940
Breuil
June 11, 1940
Châteauroux La Martinerie
June 15, 1940
Jonzac
June 17, 1940
Mont-De-Marsan
June 23, 1940
Toulouse
June 24, 1940

 


Aircrafts

The GR II/55 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
  • 15 Potez 63-11

 


Casualties

Crewmen killed
25
Sub-Lieutenant FOLLOROUX (Combat)
September 26, 1939
Lieutenant BOULARD (Combat)
January 10, 1940
Lieutenant FELIX (Combat)
January 10, 1940
Staff-Sergeant CHANCRIN (Combat)
January 10, 1940
Lieutenant MANESCAU (Accident)
May 18, 1940
Staff-Sergeant CARASSOU-MAILLAN (Accident)
May 18, 1940
Lieutenant DURAND (Combat)
May 19, 1940
Staff-Sergeant RESCOUSSIE (Combat)
May 19, 1940
Sergeant BRUN (Combat)
May 19, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant BRUNE (Combat)
May 20, 1940
Lieutenant RAMBAULT (Combat)
May 20, 1940
Staff-Sergeant DUBOIS (Combat)
May 21, 1940
Sergeant PIERRE (Combat)
May 21, 1940
Lieutenant GERMAIN (Combat)
May 21, 1940
Captain CECCALDI (Combat)
May 24, 1940
Sergeant PFENNINGER (Combat)
May 24, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant CHAUDEL (Combat)
June 19, 1940
Sergeant CHANTELOU (Combat)
June 19, 1940
Master-Corporal VASSEUR (Combat)
June 19, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant JACQUES (Combat)
June 20, 1940
Staff-Sergeant ROBERT (Combat)
June 20, 1940
Chief Warrant Officer JACQUEMART (Combat)
June 20, 1940
Lieutenant MARTY (Combat)
June 21, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant AUGE (Combat)
June 21, 1940
Sergeant THIERRY (Combat)
June 21, 1940
Crewmen injured
10
Sergeant CROZON (Combat)
September 26, 1939
Lieutenant LORY (Accident)
October 11, 1939
Staff-Sergeant MARTINI (Combat)
May 18, 1940
Staff-Sergeant RONDEAU (Combat)
May 24, 1940
Lieutenant VALLET (Combat)
June 1, 1940
Staff-Sergeant LUCAS (Combat)
June 1, 1940
Lieutenant ROUPAIN (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Sergeant ANDRE (Combat)
June 9, 1940
Sub-Lieutenant SALLES (Combat)
June 13, 1940
Staff-Sergeant GRANIER (Combat)
June 13, 1940
Crewmen prisoner
3
Sergeant GAUTHIER
June 1, 1940
Staff-Sergeant LUCAS
June 1, 1940
Lieutenant VALLET
June 1, 1940

Site in French
 
Site in English