Aufkl. Gr. 122 Feb 1945

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Feb 1945 – 5(F)./122 transferred from Jesau to Finow/40 km NNE of Berlin, but the exact date is not known.

2 Feb 1945 – Me 410 BU+SI arrived at Ghedi this was later to be F6+BK , also arriving was PS+TM (later F6+CK) from Riem.

4 Feb 1945 – 1(F)./122 now located at Kolberg/Pomerania, but possibly moved on to Neubrandenburg or Neuruppin by 8 February..[1]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
8 Feb 1945 2(F)./122 Me 410B-3 F6+KK 190096 Took off at 11.25 and shot down by Spitfires east of Comacchio while flying slowly at low level along the coastal highway, 100%, Ofw. Wilhelm Zimmerman (F) and Uffz. Wilhelm Lenecke (Bf) both killed.[2].
11 Feb 1945 6(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 F6+AP Crashed taking off from Grassobbio near Bergamo, 100%, 4 killed.
12 Feb 1945 5(F)./122 Me 410 F6+RH 150165 Missing in action in the vicinity of Warsaw.[3]


13 Feb 1945 – In the afternoon three Ju 188s (F6+DM, F6+IM and F6+GP) left Bergamo probably for Udine.

15 Feb 1945 – A sortie by a 2(F)./122 Me 410 (F6+DK) had to be abandoned due to the adverse weather conditions.

16 Feb 1945 – 2(F)./122 moved TJ+WB from Bergamo to Ghedi during the afternoon and F6+FM was deployed to Aviano.

23 Feb 1945 – Early morning sortie by 2(F)./122 despatched before 0900 (Me 410 F6+CK crewed by Ltn Franz Girlich and Uffz Walter Kemna) – this aircraft returned about 30 minutes later with technical problems. Just after 1030 this same crew took off in F6+NK (an Me 410B-3 W.Nr.190169) only to be shot down by P-47s of the 347th FS (350th FG) – these were the last combat deaths incurred by 2.(F)/122.AWI

A new Ju 188 (CZ+BR W. Nr. 150590) arrived at Ghedi during the evening hours (17.55) having flown in from Riem. AWI

Three night sorties were mounted using Ju 188s one of which resulted in a damaged aircraft due to a bad landing. AWI

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
23 Feb 1945 2(F)./122 Me 410B-3 F6+NK 190169 Took off at 11.37. Shot down by P-47s of 347th FS 24 km south of Ghedi near Robecco while performing a recce along the front lines south and west of Parma. (2/Lt James H. Young 347FS/350FG claimed a Me410 between 10:30-13:45)AF 100%, 2 K1A (Lt Franz Girlich (F) and Uffz Walter Kenna (Bf))[4].
23 Feb 1945 6(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 150544 50% damage in a crash landing at Bergamo.
25 Feb 1945 1(F)./122 Me 410A-1 Shot up and belly landed near Werneuchen, 100%, 2 WIA

27 Feb 1944 – Ju 188D-2 (150590 CZ+BR) transferred from Ghedi to Bergamo flown by Anders, taking off at 06.52 and landing at 07.18.1 This was the plane that arrived at Ghedi from München-Reim on 23 Feb. This became F6+CM of 4(F)./122 and was surrendered to US forces in May 1945.[5].

28 Feb 1945 – On the night of 28 Feb/ 1 Mar FAGr 122 sent out a number of sorties with varying amounts of success. A sortie to Corsica and Sardinia resulted in full coverage of La Maddalena being achieved during the evening of 28 Feb.

6(F)./122 sent out a sortie which returned due to engine problems and belly landed on Bergamo airfield.

4(F)./122 sent a Ju 188 on a sortie to Naples – on the return leg of the flight the aircraft was intercepted twice by nightfighters, falling in the second combat.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
28 Feb 1945 6(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 150512 Belly landed at Bergamo following a sortie, it sustained 40% damage in the crash. Two crew injured – Uffz. Happel and Fw Steinkönig.
28 Feb 1945 4(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 Shot down NW of Cremona by a Mosquito night fighter of 416th NFS while returning from a night photo recce over Naples.

(Capt Lawrence E. Englert 416NFS claimed a Ju188 at 23:07, whilst flying a Mosquito NF.XXX (MM746). This probably corresponds to this loss.AF) 100%, 4 KIA and 1 WIA Fw. Heinz Schlenaider.


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  1. LdZ - Tessin; M.Holm-op cit.
  2. Wadman/Hopp – Me 410 Incidents (LL 15.02.45/nb 6.1.91) Also CSDIC (AIR)CMF Rep No A554(FN928)
  3. Pertick/Stocker - Me 210/410 an illustrated production history.
  4. Wadman/Hopp – Me 410 Incidents (LL 08.03.45/nb 6.1.91) aircrew names and Wr Nr. Also CSDIC (AIR)CMF Rep No A554(FN928)AF Andy Fletcher by E-mail 28/02/05
  5. Startkladde 2(F)./122
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