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 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]

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%.[8] One killed, Ltn Scharper and two others injured.
26 Jul 1940 5(F)./122 Do 17P Damaged in combat with Spitfires of 65 Sqdn near Folkestone at 1630, 5%.[9]


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. [10]

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.[11]

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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. LdZ and Mason p188 also Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p545
  9. mason BoB p194
  10. A.I.1 (K) 220/1940 via Melvin Brown.
  11. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p551 & Blitz Then and Now V1 p180
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