French flights in 11 June 1940

Dili

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I am looking for Armée de L'Air and Aeronavale flights - army cooperative and strategic recon, sea search, CAP by fighters etc - either from Southern France and North Africa in 11 June in relation to Italian declaration of war.

I only have GB I/61 (sometimes called GR) with Martin 167F making a recon flight over italian airfields from Youk-le-Bains probably against Sicily or Sardegna.Would like also to know what were the target(s) of this one.
 

Saetta

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Hi Dili, I've actually been working on an article regarding this very topic. It's important to note that there were actually three separate air forces the french had in Africa. The one most active against the Italians was Afrique Française du Nord (AFN), but they also had Escadrilles for Afrique Occidentale Française (French West Africa), and Afrique Equitoriale Française (French Central Africa). I would reccomend checking out the Desert Prelude: Early Clashes by Hakan Gustavsson and Ludovico Slongo.

It is an excellent series that in this particular book discusses the early French and RA sorties/engagements. here is the OoB that I have compiled regarding French strength in AFN:

a. Tunisia
GCIII/5 (fighters)
- 2 x Escadrilles of Moraine Saulnier MS.406's (~30 aircraft)
- Airfield at Tunis-Bizerta
GCI/9
- 28 x MS.406, 2 x Bloch MB220 (transport), 6 x Potez 630 (heavy fighter)
- 1° esq. Airfieldd at Tunis-Bizerta
- 2° esq. Airfield at El Hamma
GCI/10
- 9 x MS.406
- Airfield at Tunis-Bizerta

Aeronavale:
HB1, HB2, T1
- equipped with Latecoere 298 Seaplanes
- Based at Bizerta-Karouba
4S1
- CAM 55 Seaplanes
- Bizerta Karouba
4S2
- 3 x CAM 55, 4 x Liore et Olivier 258
- Bizerta-Karouba
E7
- 6 x LoE 70
- Bizerta-Karouba
E11
- 4 x LeO H-470
- Bizerta-Karouba

E3
- 6 x breguet Bizerte Sea Planes
- Airfield at Bizerta-Karouba

b. Morocco
GCIII/4 (fighters)
- Escadrille of Dewotaine D.510's and 2 x MS.230's
- Airfield at Casablanca
GBI/32 (bombers)
- Escadrille of Glenn-Martin GM 167F's
- Airfield at Mediouna
GBII/32 (bombers)
- Escadrille of Douglas DB7's
- Airfield at Mediouna

c. Algeria
GRI/61 (reconnaissance-bombers)
- Escadrille of GM 167F's
- Airfield at Youkes-les-Baines
GBII/25 (seaplane bombers)
- 15 x LoE H 257 bis Seaplanes
- based at Bougie
 

Dili

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Hi, i have to get that book, unexpected expenses have been prevented it in last 3 years.
i already have the OOB of Allies and Axis.

Are you sure about that GB II/25? the floatplane Leo H-25 are Aeronavale not Armée de l'Air.

Edit: i have found this in my notes:
En juin 1940, dix-huit exemplaires de LeO H257Bis, précédemment utilisés par la 25e escadre de l'Armée de l'Air à Karouba, seront versés à la Marine qui les affectera à diverses formations, notamment à l'escadrille E7 qui a perdu la quasi-totalité de ses Loire 70 lors de l'attaque italienne du 12 juin.
Edit 2: still do not understand how an aircraft ordered by the Navy ends up in and Air Force bomber squadron then later to be reverted to the Navy.

E3 4 Breguet 521
E11 2 Leo 470
E7 same as yours
4S1 4 CAM 55

more later.
 
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