Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jan 1945

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Jan 1945 – 5(F)./122 transferred to Jesau/East Prussia toward the end of January and was located there on 4 February.[1]

2.(F)/122 doubled it’s strength after a few days but this remained at a low level until the end of the war.

1 Jan 1945 – 2.(F)/122 flew a sortie in the morning – this was F6 + AK crewed by Hennig and Berger.AWI

2 Jan 1945 – 2.(F)/122 again sent out F6+AK mid-morning for a 2 hr sortie – this time crewed by Hptm Dietze and Fw. Bendorf. AWI

3 Jan 1945 – a new Me 410B-3 was delivered from Riem, this was BR+RP (W. Nr. 150096) which saw service as F6+KK.AWI

2.(F)/122 appears to have been inactive for the period 4-19 January 1945. Seven operational sorties were flown during the month, five by two aircraft and crews ( Me 410B-3 W.Nr. 190169 F6+NK (Oblt.van den Daele and Uffz Blaschek) and Me 410B-3 W.Nr. 190096 (Fw Bayer and Uffz Lensing) the second aircraft redeployed to Bergamo on the 20th January 1945.[2]

10 Jan 1945 - The Luftwaffe Order of Battle recorded the following:-

Aufklärungsgruppe 122 under the control of Luftflotte 2 with a mixed stock of Me 410 and Ju 88/188 aircraft – 16 on strength of which 13 were servicable.

Aufklärungsgruppe 122 under the control of Luftflotte 6 with a mixed stock of Me 410 and Ju 88 aircraft – 28 on strength of which 23 were servicable.

Aufklärungsgruppe 122 under the control of Luftflotte Reich with Ju 188 aircraft – 9 on strength of which 7 were servicable.

5(F)./122 reported 15(14) Me 410s on strength.[3]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
16 Jan 1945 5(F)./122 Me 410B-3 150118 Crashed 4 km East of Jesau reason unknown. Lt Anton Messingschlager (F) killed and Lt Hans-Joachim Kuck (Bf) missing.[4]
18 Jan 1945 5(F)./122 Me 410B-3 F6+KN 190172 Crashed at Pillau, possibly on take-off due to fuel starvation or undercarriage collapse. [5]

21 Jan 1945 – 2(F)./122 sent an Me 410 (F6+NK) out over the Ligurian Sea. At the time of it’s return there was USAAF (P-38) activity in the vicinity of Bergamo but the crew of Oblt Herbert van den Daele and Uffz Blaschek got down safely.AWI

Approximately 30 minutes before the return of F6+NK, 2.(F)/122 sent out another aircraft F6+KK (W. Nr. 150096) – this was the Me 410 B-3 that arrived from Riem on 3 Jan 1945 – for an 85 minute sortie crewed by Bayer and Lensing.AWI

22 Jan 1945 – 2.(F)/122 sent out a morning sortie, possibly in the direction of Parma, this was F6+NK flown by Oblt Herbert van den Daele and Uffz Blaschek – the sortie lasted for about 90 minutes. F6+KK was sent out in the afternoon but aborted after a short time due to problems with the armament.AWI

23 Jan 1945 – it was intended to send out sorties on this day but a combination of bad weather and enemy activity precluded this.

29 Jan 1945 – Allied strafing attack on Bergamo by P-47s (possibly of the 57th FG).

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
29 Jan 1945 4(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 230147 Destroyed during Allied strafing of Bergamo, 100%
29 Jan 1945 4(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 F6+HM 230447 15% damage during allied attack on Bergamo.
29 Jan 1945 4(F)./122 Ju 88T-3 330237 15% damage during allied attack on Bergamo.

30-31 Jan 1945 – A Ju 188D-2 of 6.(F)/122 suffered engine problems south of Bergamo.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
30-31 Jan 1945 6(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 F6+EP 150515 Crashed 5km S. of Bergamo due to engine problems. Uffz Happel, Fw Steinkönig and Uffz Hänsler were all injured.

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  1. LdZ - BA-MA RL 40/Kart.
  2. Beale et al - p143
  3. LdZ - BA-MA RL 2 III/Einsatzbereitschaftmeldungen.
  4. Wadman/Hopp – Me 410 Incidents (jhk 16.10.91)
  5. Wadman/Hopp – Me 410 Incidents (jhk 26.10.45/jrs 20.03.77)
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