Pilote de l'Aéronavale et de l'Armée de l'Air
Pilot in the Naval AIr Force and in the Air Force
Georges Gabriel Tulle est un de ses nombreux pilotes inconnus morts à bord de leur avion pendant la guerre. Il pilotait ce jour là un Dewoitine D-520 ; c'était le 10 avril 1945, soit 28 jours avant la fin de la guerre en Europe. Georges Tulle était pilote de l'Aéronavale, comme mon grand-père, qu'il a d'ailleurs peut-être croisé un jour, avant de rejoindre l'Armée de l'Air. Je remercie François-Xavier Bibert pour les informations relatives à la carrière de Georges Tulle.
Georges Gabriel Tulle is one of the many unknown pilots killed on board their aircraft during the war. He flown that day a Dewoitine D-520 ; it was on April 10th, 1945, i.e. 28 days before the end of the war in Europe. Georges Tulle was pilot in the Naval Air Force, like my grandfather, whom he perhaps met one day, before joining the Air force. I thank François-Xavier Bibert for the information about the career of Georges Tulle.
Georges Tulle - Auteur inconnu - Author unknown
Georges Tulle was born on January 29th, 1913 at Figeac (South Western France). He enlisted before call-up on September 15th, 1931, with a grant for piloting, in the crews of the fleet as an aeronautical loadmaster. On November 17th of the same year, his enlistment was terminated by ministerial decision (inability to be a pilot). Tulle was not discouraged and enlisted again before call-up ; he engaged at the recruitment naval office at Rochefort (Western France) on May 21st, 1932 as aeronautical loadmaster in the crews of the fleet. He had the number 28-R-32A – Sailor loadmaster.
Morane Saulnier MS 225, escadrille 3C1
Avion équipant la 3C1 en 1934 et 1935.
Aircraft of the squadron 3C1 in 1934 and 1935
Photo : source inconnue - source unknown
He was then affected from June 3rd, 1932 to November 23rd, 1932 at the Center of Instruction of Hourtin (South-Eastern France) at the seaplane school and obtained his Pilot's licence on September 27th (November according to another source) 1932 (badge number 1953) : he had for this period a total of 109 hours and 51 mn of flight and 651 sea landings. On November 27th, 1932, he was appointed Quartermaster Aeronautical Loadmaster – Pilot. He re-enlisted for 3 years on April 25th, 1933 and was on May 21st in Toulon among the crews of the fleet. He was then appointed Quartermaster Aeronautical Loadmaster – 1st class Pilot on May 27th, 1934, then affected to the Fighter Squadron 3C1, successively at the C.A.M of Berre, on the Aircraft-Carrier Béarn and at the C.A.M of Hyères.
Dewotine D.510 - 2ème escadrille GC I/8, Hyères (France), 1939
Les Dewoitine D.500, D.501 et D.510 équipèrent le GC I/8 de 1936 à 1939
Dewoitines D.500, D.501 and D.510 equipped the GC I/8 from 1936 to 1939..
© Andre Jouineau - source : Wingpalette
On January 1st, 1936, he joined the officers of the Air force and reached the air base of Marignane. He was named Sergeant Pilot the same day and was affected to the GC I/8 (2nd squadron) with the pilot licence # 23476. Re-enlisted for 2 years (terminable) to the Military Intendance of Marignane on April 25th, 1936, he was on May 21st, 1936 at the base of Lyon-Bron. He was affected to the Corps of the non-commissioned officers on March 26th, 1938 and was named Sergeant/Chief Pilot affected on April 1st, 1938 to the School Center of Romilly (3rd Company of the Air Battalion 102) on September 1st, 1938.
Type d'avion qui équipa le GC I/55. - The aircraft which equipped the GC I/55
Auteur inconnu - Author unknown
He was affected on January 1st, 1939 to the Air Battalion 102 (Organization) at Dijon (1st Aerial Region) and obtained his Commanding certificate (non-commissioned officer) on July 28th, 1939. Then he was affected at the Fighting School of Etampes (2nd fighter squadron) on October 1st, 1939 then at the GC I/55 at Etampes on May 10th, 1940 (Morane 406 and Arsenal VG-33). He was transferred to the Training Squadron at the Base of Toulouse-Francazal on July 1st, 1940 until October 31st. Named Adjudant on April 1st, 1941, he was affected as a Monitor at the Training Squadron of Toulouse-Francazal on August 1st, 1941 and was demobilized on November 30th, 1942, shortly after the beginning of the Operation Torch in Northern Africa.
D.520, Groupe Doret
Fin 1944. Le "18" de Georges Tulle est le second avion sur la photo.
Late 1944. The # "18" flown by Georges Tulle is the second aircraft on the picture
Auteur inconnu - Author unknown
Georges Tulle joined the Free French Forces in March 1943 with number 905, then reached the group “Gallia” on April 1st, 1943 with the number 42.101 under the pseudonym “Guynemer “, until August 1944. He joined the Fighting Group “Doret in September 1944” (GC 2/18) and became Pilot Officer on March 6th, 1945 (retroactive at September 25th, 1944), integrated in the the Corps of Air Officers as Active Crew Officer.
Octobre 1944. C'est sur cet avion que se tua Georges Tulle en avril 1945
October 1944. Georges Tulle was killed on this aircraft.
© Gaëtan Marie - source : Gaëtan Marie's Aviation Profiles http://www.gaetanmarie.com
He was killed in Air Service (“Killed In Action”) on the Dewoitine D.520 n°2 “18” on April 10th, 1945 when trying an emergency landing after he took off for a training mission patrol, in Toulouse-Francazal.
Georges Tulle's decorations :
He had a total, on November 11th, of 1,927 hours and 55 mn of flight, including 55 hours and 35 mn of night flight. His logbook from December 1944 to April 1945 was lost.