Originally Posted by Doc
This organisation was apparently staffed with civilian volunteer pilots. About September 3rd, 1914, General Gallieni (commandant of Paris) apparently wrote to General Joffre: "The aviators at the disposal of the Army of Paris are civilians...."
A lot of aviators enrolled in the french army during the very first days of the war. In my opinion Gallieni uses the word "civilians" to make a distinction with the "military" aviators, professional soldiers already in operational escadrilles.
All these "civilians" spent the first weeks of the war defending Paris against hypothetical Zeppelin attacks.
War ministry decreed that no voluntary enrollment would take place before the 20th day of war (for logistical reason) except for car drivers, aviation technicians and aviators
. Maybe you can have a look to the list of Brevets Militaires issued before august 2nd 1914 (actually I am sure this list includes brevets issued at the beginning of the war), you may find some well-known civil pilots particularly in the later brevets (#450+) brevets_militaires
I don't know any books or article about Paris Air Guard in summer 1914 but some infos can be find in famous aviators biographies.
The Groupe des aviateurs
society, led by Jacques Mortane, sent a letter a few days before the war to the air ministry; saying that they and their aircrafts would serve the country. The letter was signed by Roland Garros, Marc Pourpe, Maurice Chevillard, docteur Espanet, Eugène Gilbert, Louis Gaubert. I doubt that any of them made civil flights. Mortane , Garros and Pourpe joined the army (as privates) in the very first days of the war (maybe the others pilots did so but I have not checked).
Another book is "dans l'air et dans la boue" by Joseph Davrichewy (civil brevet 1138, military brevet 511). It is a very good book but certainly not a reference book. But he gives a lot of names of people at Saint Cyr in august 1914.
The only woman he cites is Marthe Richer ,brevet 1369 (better known as Marthe Richard). She tried to flew for the army but was rejected. Instead, she was hired as a spy.
In the book "Marthe Richard, espionne au service de la France", it is written that she founded the Ligue de l'Union Patriotiques des Aviatrices
with seven members (no names but maybe it's easy to find these seven ladies).
They asked for non-combat aerial activities within the french army, but without results.
The book "escadrilles françaises 1912/1920" gives some infos on CRP escadrilles in august and september 1914.