Aufkl. Gr. 122 Dec 1942

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1 Dec 1942 - Strength returns were as follows:-

Stab./122 reported 1 x Ju 88D-1 trop on strength.

1(F)./122 reported 1 x Ju 88D-1, 4 x Ju 88D-1 trop, 1 x Ju 88D-5 trop and 1 Bf 109E-9 on strength.

2(F)./122 reported 12 x Ju 88D-1 trop and 1 x Ju 88D-5 trop on strength.[1]

3(F)./122 reported 8 x FW 190A-3, 7 x Ju 88D-1, 2 x Ju 88D-5 and 1 x Bf 109F-4 on strength.

4(F)./122 reported 6 x Ju 88D-1 and 3 x Ju 88D-5 on strength.

5(F)./122 reported 7 x Ju 88D-5 and 3 x Ju 88D-1 on strength.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
1 Dec 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 8H+KL 1475[2] Failed to return from a sortie to the Algiers area, 100%, 4 MIA. This plane belonged to 3.(F)/33. Missing in the area Cap Bon - Algiers[3]

6 Dec 1942 – 4(F)./122 still operating under Luftwaffengruppe Kaukusas, took part in operations to supply food to XXXXIX Geb. Korps. 4 aircraft flew a total of twelve sorties to drop 2 tonnes of food at Goitch.[4]

7 Dec 1942 - 4(F)./122 continued to take part in the operations to supply XXXXIX Geb. Korps. 3 Aircraft flew a total of 20 sorties to deliver 990Kgs of food and 330 Kgs of fodder to Giotch, 330 Kgs of fodder to each of Kotlowina and Gunaika-Tal.[4]

8 Dec 1942 – 4(F)./122, 2 Ju 88s flew 17 sorties to deliver 1870 Kgs of fodder to Goitch and Kotlowina.[4]

12 Dec 1942 - 4(F)./122, 2 Ju 88s flew 7 sorties delivering 700 kgs of food and 350 kgs of fodder to Goitch and Kotlowina again.[4]

13 Dec 1942 - Advance elements of 1(F)./122 arrived at Fp.Elmas/Sardinia to begin flying convoy recce over the western Mediterranean.[5]

4(F)./122, 2 Ju 88s flew 16 sorties to deliver 2700 kgs of food and 104 kgs of fodder to XXXXIX Geb. Korps at Goitch.[4]

14 Dec 1942 - 4(F)./122, 2 Ju 88s flew 8 sorties delivering 1400 kgs of food to Goitch[4]

15 Dec 1942 – 2 Ju 88s of 4(F)./122 flew 11 sorties to deliver the following supplies -

200kgs to Goitch.

600kgs to Kotlowina

1760kgs to Gunaika-Tal[4]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
15 Dec 1942 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Belly landed at Fp.Maikop, 30%.

17 Dec 1942 – 5(F)./122 photographed the rail yards at Chwoinaja (34.30.20E/59.53.40N).[6]

4(F)./122 continued operations in support of XXXXIX Geb. Korps, 2 Ju 88s delivered 550kgs of food supplies and 945kgs of fodder, dropping this at Kotlowina.[4]

18 Dec 1942 – A single Ju 88 of 4(F)./122 delivered 100kgs of food supplies and 2300 kgs of fodder, taking 12 sorties to deliver this to Kotlowina.[4]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
18 Dec 1942 1(F)./122 Ju 88A-4trop Crashed at Fp.Catania, 100%, 2 killed.


19 Dec 1942 – 4(F)./122 continued to supply XXXXIX Geb. Korps this time flying 16 sorties and delivering 1984 kgs of food supplies to Kotlowina, but this time using one Ar 66 and three He 46s.[4]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
19 Dec 1942 3(F)./122 Fw 190 Shot down by 486 Sqdn Typhoons 30 miles south of Shoreham.
19 Dec 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+BK Failed to return from a recce sortie along the central sector of the Tunisian-Algerian border, 100%, 2 KIA and 2 MIA. Shot down near Kairouan having been intercepted by aircraft of 33FG/58 Sqdn from Thelepte.[7]


20 Dec 1942 – Again using second line aircraft, this time 4 He 46 and two Ar 66 aircraft, 4(F)./122 flew 23 sorties and delivered 2640 kgs of food supplies to Kotlowina.[4]

23 Dec 1942 – Two Ju 88s from (F)./122 and Westa 26 were sent to recce the western Mediterranean between the North African Coast and 38 30 N as far west as the limit of their range. At 09.15 hrs seven motor vessels and a number of escorts were sighted at Pl. Qu. 03 E 3725 these were shadowed until 11.30 hrs at Pl. Qu. 03 E 3713. Additionall Algiers harbour was photographed at approx 11.05 hrs. Aircraft returned to base at 13.00 Hrs.[8]

A single Ju 88 from 1(F)./122 took off at 07.27 hrs for a sortie to recce the western Mediterranean in the area encompassed by Pl. Qu. 03 E 3730 to 3830, no shipping was sighted and at 08.40 hrs just south of Pl.Qu. 03 E 5867 an attack by British aircraft was evaded. Aircraft returned at 14.11 hrs[8]

Two Ju 88s were sent out to recce the Cap Ferrat-Setif-Tuggurt-Tozeur-Medje El Hab area. One aircraft aborted at 06.45 hrs due to engine damage. The other aircraft encountered enemy aircraft at 09.25 in the area Pl.Qu. 03 E 5528 to 5529. At 10.50hrs the sortie was abandoned due to the weather conditions encountered.[8]

At 20.00 hrs an ASV radar equiped He 111H was sent out on a sea recce in a westerly direction from Trapani to operate between 38 N and the North African coast. At 20.50 hrs it reported one sighting at Pl.Qu. 03 E 8637. Aircraft returned at approx 03.00 hrs 24th Dec.[8]

24 Dec 1942 – radio intercepts indicated that 2 Ju 88s from (F)./122 (including F6+AH) sortied to the western Mediterranean from Trapani. A visual recce of Bone that took place at 09.30 hrs was probably performed by one of these aircraft.[8]

Ju 88 (F6+AK) from 2(F)./122 took off at 07.33 hrs and flew the following route Elmas – Pl.Qu. 03 E 7823 – Djedjelli – Pl.Qu. 03 E 5974 – Pl. Qu. 03 E 3822 – Pl.Qu. 03 E 0820 – Algiers – Elmas. Algiers harbour was photographed - no enemy naval forces were sighted. Aircraft returned to Elmas at 14.11 hrs.[8]

Westa 26 sent out one Ju 88 at 07.00 hrs to cover the western Mediterranean as far as 03 E 28, the aircraft returned at 10.24 hrs having successfully completed the task.[8]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
24 Dec 1942 4(F)./122 Ju 88D 430458 Crashed on flight from Sarabus/Crimea to Maikop, 100%, Ofw. Richard Mönche (F) and Ogfr. Karl Wolf (Bf) both killed[9]
25 Dec 1942 1(F)./122 Bf 109F-4 Crash landed at Comiso, 60%.
28 Dec 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+KK 430175 Failed to return from a recce over the Suk el Arba area, 100%, 2 KIA and 2 MIA. The crew consisted of Lt Gall,Hans-Jürger (FF) Lt Schmeitzer, Christian (B) Uffz Klein, Mathias (Bf) Fw Egner, Peter (Bm)[10] Aircraft overflew Bisra Oasis airfield at 500ft. Intercepted by P-38 of 1FG/71 Sqdn and shot down.[11]

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  1. LdZ - BA-MA - Flugzeug-Bereitstellungen (Aircraft Availability Status Reports – FzB) in: Holm-op cit; all subsequent entries of this type are from this source.
  2. Luftwaffe Quartermaster General loss returns item 7 of return dated 6 Dec 1942
  3. Shores – Fighters over Tunisia p84
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Ulf Balke – Luftversorgung im Kaukasus – Jet & Prop v2004-1
  5. LdZ - PRO/London: AIR 40/1995.
  6. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningc/citynames-carn-czyz/slides/Chwoinaja%20%20054.html
  7. Shores – Fighters over Tunisia p108
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 HW 13/109 via Andrew Arthy.
  9. Luftwaffe Quartermaster General loss returns item 98 of return dated 15 January 1943
  10. Names of crew and W Nr provided by Eduardo Arana by e-mail 18/06/04
  11. Shores – Fighters over Tunisia p116
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