Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jul 1940

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Jul 1940 – Stab./122 and 2(F)./122 relocated to Brussels-Evere.(stayed until May 1941)[1] Also 4(F)./122 moved to Brussels-Melsbroek at this time[1] and 5(F)./122 started operations from Hautefontaine (NE France).[1]


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
5 Jul 1940 5(F)./122 Do 17P Damaged landing at Fp.Thury (possibly Thury-Harcourt/24 km S of Caen), 5%.


10 Jul 1940 - Ju 52 (5162) damaged landing at Münster-Loddenheide. This transport was ferrying rear echelon personnel to Brussels-Evere.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
10 Jul 1940 2(F)./122 Ju 52 5162 Crash landed at Münster/ Loddenheide during non-combat mission, cause not stated. No casualties, 35% [2]
13 Jul 1940 4(F)./122 Ju 88 Failed to return from an operational mission – target, circumstances and cause unknown. 100%, 4 MIA.[3]
16 Jul 1940 5(F)./122 Do 17P Crashed on landing at Haute-Fontaine – undercarraige failure, crew unhurt 40% damage.[4]


20 Jul 1940 – 4(F)./122 sent a Ju 88 on a sortie to the east Coast of England from Brussells. This aircraft was intercepted near Clacton.[5]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
20 Jul 1940 4(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+BM Engaged by 56 Sqdn during photo-recce sortie. Crashed and burned at Cockett Wick Farm, St Osyth, 3 miles west of Clacton. Flg. Von Hasse bailed out wounded and was made a POW. Uffz. Hermsen, Oberfw. Prolss and Obergefr. Plock bailed out POW. Aircraft destroyed. [6]
20 Jul 1940 5(F)./122 Do 17P Crash landed at Rouen due to engine failure, crew unhurt and the aircraft was considered to be repairable.[6]


23 Jul 1940 – Daily weather reconnaissance flown to the English East Coast. Also at least one aircraft of 4(F)./122 took part on operations around the convoy “Pilot” off the Lincolnshire coast.[7]

5(F)./122 flew a Channel recce sortie covering the area from Calais to the Isle of Wight.[8]

3.(F)/122 reported its establishment as: 8 He 111H-2 8 He 111H-3 2 Ju 88s. A further Ju88 would probably arrive at Stade shortly. With this strength, the Staffel could give up three He 111s and would place them at the disposal of 9. Fl.Div.[9]


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
23 Jul 1940 4(F)./122 Ju 88 Shot down by aircraft of 242 Sqdn at dawn SE of Yarmouth. 2KIA and 2 MIA.
23 Jul 1940 3(F)./122 He 111H-2 Force landed at Zorg in the Harz Mountains area of N Germany due to engine failure on a routine flight, 100%.[10] One killed, Ltn Scharper and two others injured.
24 Jul 1940 4(F)./122 Ju 88A-1 Crashed in the Channel during reconnaissance sortie over south-east England, cause unknown. FF Uffz Heinz Motejus killed, BO Lt Martin Forster, BF Uffz Walter Eichler, and BS Flgr Hans Krautschick all missing. Aircraft 100% write-off.

The body of Heinz Motejus was later washed ashore on the Dutch coast.[11]

26 Jul 1940 5(F)./122 Do 17P Damaged in combat with Spitfires of 65 Sqdn near Folkestone at 1630, 5%.[12]


29 Jul 1940 – A Do 17Z of 5(F)./122 (F6+QN) flew a Channel recce sortie covering the area from Calais to the Isle of Wight.[13]

Strength for 3.(F)/122 at Stade Aircraft in unit 7 He 111H-2, 3 He 111H-3, 3 Ju 88 Aircraft ready for action 12 Crews in unit 10 Crews ready for action 8[14]


30 Jul 1940 – 2(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+BK on sortie to the east coast of England in search of shipping, crashed into the sea, having suffered a sudden engine failure while flying in cloud at approximately 500ft, in the vicinity of some shipping. The crew took to their life raft, the aircraft sank within a few minutes and the crew spent the next 103 hours in the dinghy not being rescued until 1600hrs on August 3rd. [15]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
30 Jul 1940 2(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+BK Crashed into the sea 30 miles off Happisburgh, Norfolk due to sudden engine failure, while performing a shipping recce mission over the English East Coast. 100%, Ltn Rabbow, Uffz Kehres unhurt; Uffz. Lemm and Gefr. Rieiner injured. Rescued on 3 Aug and all POW.[16]

31 Jul 1940 - 2.(F)/122 was at Brussels-Melbrueck, except Fw Lange who was held at Münster-Loddenheide by bad weather.[17]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 LdZ – Luftwaffe Airfields 1939-45.
  2. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p537
  3. LdZ and Mason p167
  4. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p541
  5. A.I.1 (K) Report 193/1940 via Melvin Brownless
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p542
  7. mason BoB p188
  8. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werner Breese's Flugbuchs
  9. HW5/3 via Adam Thompson 18032018
  10. LdZ and Mason p188 also Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p545
  11. Peter Cornwell - http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=21481
  12. mason BoB p194
  13. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werener Breese's Flugbuchs
  14. HW5/3 via Adam Thompson 18032018
  15. A.I.1 (K) 220/1940 via Melvin Brown.
  16. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p551 & Blitz Then and Now V1 p180
  17. HW5/3 via Adam Thompson 18032018
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