Aufkl. Gr. 122 Aug 1940

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Aug 1940 – The Luftwaffe Order of Battle recorded (F)./122 under Luftflotte 2 with the following:-

Unit Aircraft Type Strength Servicable
2(F)./122 Ju88 3 2
He 111 7 6
3(F)./122 Ju88 3 3
He 111 8 7
4(F)./122 Ju88 7 6
He 111 3 2


The Luftwaffe Order of Battle recorded 5(F)./122 under Luftflotte 3 with a mixed stock of He 111 and Do 17 aircraft – 9 on strength of which 7 were servicable.

The Luftwaffe Order of Battle recorded 1(F)./122 with a mixed stock of He 111 and Do 17 aircraft – 9 on strength of which 6 were servicable.

Aug 1940 – 1(F)./122 transferred to Lille-Vendeville/NE France during the latter part of August and remained there until late May or early June 1941.[1]

Around Aug 1940 Stab(F)./122 arrived at Lille-Nord.[2]

2 Aug 1940 - 2(F)./122 were located at Zwischenahn.


Unit Aircraft Type Strength Servicable
2(F)./122 Ju88

He 111H-2

He 111H-3

3

5

3

10 aircraft type not specified.

There were 10 crews available of which 8 were considered operational.[3]


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
4 Aug 1940 2(F)./122 He 111 Crash landed at Wissel on routine non-combat mission – cause not stated. Oblt. Sommerich and an NCO injured. 70%[4]


13 Aug 1940 – 3(F)./122 located at Eindhoven with 7 He 111Hs and 4 Junkers Ju 88As under 9.Fliegerdivision, but to the end of the year the Staffel appears to have been mainly involved in Ju 88 conversion training.[5]

4(F)./122 located at Brussels-Evere with a mixed complement of He 111Hs, Ju 88As and Bf 110s operating directly under Luftflotte 2.[6]

5(F)./122 now based at Haute-Fontaine (Attichy)/17 km E of Compiègne with 6 Do 17Ps and He 111Hs and 3 Ju 88As under I.Fliegerkorps/Luftflotte 2. The staffel remained at this undeveloped airfield until the beginning of November when the autumn rains made the field unusable.[7]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
13 Aug 1940 3(F)./122 He 111 Returned damaged from a sortie to the English East Coast. One NCO wounded, aircraft repairable[8].


15 Aug 1940 – 5(F)./122 despatched a Ju 88 on a sortie to Rochester.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
15 Aug 1940 5(F)./122 Ju 88A-1 Failed to return from a recce over the Rochester area - no further details available, 100%, three crew MIA.[9]
16 Aug 1940 2(F)./122 Ju 88A-1 Force landed at Lille on return from a recce mission, 70%. Two of the crew were wounded.[10]
17 Aug 1940 1(F)./122 He 111H-3 Got lost and was brought down by friendly flak(sic) near Hattigen. One NCO killed and one wounded. Aircraft written-off.[11]
24 Aug 1940 1(F)./122 Ju 88A-1 Damaged by AA-fire near Dover and crashed in the vicinity of Boulogne, having sustained 70% damage – the crew were unhurt.[12]
24 Aug 1940 5(F)./122 Ju 88 Failed to return from a sortie over the Channel. Shot down by a Hurricanes of 501 Sqdn off the Kent coast, 100%, 1 KIA, Lt Hellerman, Ltn Hurck and one other MIA.[13]


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References

  1. LdZ-AirMin P/W summaries; Tessin.
  2. LdZ – Luftwaffe Airfields 1939-45.
  3. Adam Thompson posting to Luftwaffedata Forum - Jan 27 2006
  4. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p553 & Mason p210
  5. LdZ-Balke-v.1:409; Tessin.
  6. LdZ - ADI(K) interr. sum.; Tessin; Defieux.
  7. LdZ - Balke-v.1:408.
  8. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p565
  9. LdZ & Mason p260 Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p571
  10. Mason – BoB p272
  11. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p580
  12. Mason – BoB p299
  13. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p593 & Mason BoB p299
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