Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jul 1942

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Jul 1942 - The Luftwaffe Order of Battle recorded the following:-

1(F)./122 under the control of Luftflotte 2 in the Mediterranean with a mixed stock of Ju 88 and Bf 109 aircraft – 12 on strength of which 5 were servicable.

2(F)./122 under Luftflotte 2 with 9 Ju 88 of which 5 were servicable.

3(F)./122 under Luftflotte 3, with 12 Ju 88 of which 11 were servicable.

4(F)./122 also under Luftflotte 4, on the Southern Sector of the Eastern Front, with 10 Ju 88 aircraft of which 5 were servicable.

5(F)./122 under Luftflotte 1, on the Northern Sector of the Eastern Front, with 10 Ju 88 on strength of which 5 were servicable.

2 Jul 1942 – 1(F)./122 had a Ju 88 damaged in combat, with a Beaufighter of 89 Sqdn, over Malta while on an early morning recce sortie to check the results of the previous nights bombing raid – the Ju 88 crashlanded at Comiso suffering severe damage.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
8 Jul 1942 3(F)./122 Ju 88 Attacked by a fighter near Ramsgate/Kent wounding St.Kap. Hptm. Otto + 1. No damage to the aircraft reported.

25 Jul 1942 – At this time 3(F)./122 were making an average of three sorties across the North Sea each day.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
25 Jul 1942 3(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 8H+KL 05649 Shot down near Smith Knoll Light Vessel. (Aircraft on loan from 3.(F)/33). OPS (F) missing (100%) unk location Uffz. Hans Schorn (F), Uffz. Werner Schulz (B), Uffz. Rolf Hochdörfer (Bf) and Uffz. Peter Bickel (Bs) all missing [1]

28 Jul 1942 – 1(F)./122 sent a single Bf 109F as part of an early morning fighter sweep across Malta. There were (reportedly) 27 aircraft taking part in this sweep, the majority of the aircraft taking part were from II./JG 53, the Bf 109F forced landed at Comiso on its return – this was possibly due to damage sustained in combat over Malta.[2]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
29 Jul 1942 3(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+EL 1515 Aircraft lost during daylight operations.Uffz.Rudolf Pilz(F), Oblt. Heinrich Henze(B), Uffz. Ernst Schultz (Bf) and Ofw. Richard Lossack (Bs) all MIA. (LW Loss Report 31.7.42 entry 134)


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References

  1. Bowyer – Air Raid p239
  2. Shores – Malta the Spitfire Year p 437
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