Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jul 1944

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Jul – Aug 44 – 1(F)./122 not located, but probably withdrew from Baranowicze to Warsaw-Okecie around 16 July and then to Thorn in about mid-August.

In early July unit strength was as follows:-

Unit Aircraft Type Strength Servicable
Stab./122 0 0
1(F)./123 Ju 88/ Ju 188 5 4
2(F)./122 Me 410A-3/B-3

Ju88D-1

Fi 156

3

1

1

3

1

1

3(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 1  ?
Ju 188F-1 4  ?
Ju 88T-1 2  ?
Ju 88D-7 1  ?
4(F)./122 Ju88D-2 8  ?
5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1

Ju 88D-5

7

1

6(F)./122 Ju88D-2

Ju88A-4

4

2

2

1

NB 4(F)./122 was yet to arrive in Italy and 1(F)./123 was about to leave.

1 Jul 1944 – 1(F)./123 sent a Ju 88T-1 on a photo-reconnaissance mission to Naples – this aircraft failed to return.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
1 Jul 1944 1(F)./123 Ju 88T-1 4U+MH 430050 Crashed at San Martino while on a photo-recce mission to Naples. Aircraft burnt out crew killed. (Ofw. Strehl)

1(F)./122 reported 9 x Me 410A-3 and 1 x Me 410B-1 on strength.

2 Jul 1944 – 6(F)./122 (formerly Westa 26) lost a Ju 88 while on a night recce sortie to Ancona and the Tremiti Islands.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
2 Jul 1944 6(F)./122 Ju 88A-4 5M+G 550435 Missing – Ltn W. Scheibel and three crew MIA. Aircraft is believed to have been shot down by a Beaufighter.

5 Jul 1944 – 2(F)./122 transferred it’s last Ju 88 (F6+ZK) to Reim.

6 Jul 1944 – 6(F)./122 sent a Ju 88 on a sortie down the Italian west coast to Naples and also to cover eastern Corsica. This aircraft was shot down, NW of Elba, by a 600 Sqdn Beaufighter.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
7 Jul 1944 6(F)./122 Ju 88 5M+R 301500 Shot down 15 miles NW of Elba by an RAF Beaufighter of 600 Sqdn. Wreckage seen on the sea. Ofw E. Braitsch and three crew MIA.

8 Jul 1944 – 2(F)./122 flew a single evening mission this day operated by Me 410 F6+IK (crew Schiffels and Weber). This aircraft appears to have been chased by Spitfires at one point during it’s sortie when flying west of Piombino.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
10 Jul 1944 2(F)./122 Me 410 F6+IK 170087 Shot down by RAF Spitfires. Lt Dietrich Stämmler (F) and Uffz Arthur Karsch (Bf) missing.[1]

16 Jul 1944 – 4(F)./122 despatched F6+EM to Tirana in the afternoon.

F6+GL of 3(F)./122, on secondment to 1(F)./123 at Paris/Buc, was sent out at 2230 hrs to photograph Cherbourg Harbour in bright moonlight with 1/10th cloud. The pilot (Obfw. Hans Müller) flew at tree-top height taking a direct course for Avranches. On nearing the Allied lines he started to climb to 6,000 metres and on passing Avranches flew over Jersey and Guernsey. The intention was to continue over Alderney and approach Cherbourg from the north and take the photographs from 9,000 metres. When flying at 7,000 metres in the vicinity of Alderney engine trouble developed so the mission was abandoned and the aircraft and crew returned to Paris/Orly.[2]B</sup>

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
20 Jul 1944 6(F)./122 Ju 88A-4 F6+EP Shot down by a night fighter east of Montecristo Island, 100%, 4 MIA.

21 Jul 1944 – Gruppenkommanduer Major Pannwitz was lost this day while flying on a mission with the crew of F6+HM to photograph La Maddalena, Sardinia.[3]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
21 Jul 1944 4(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 F6+HM 290183 Probably shot down by spitfires of 92 Sqdn RAF over Gorgona Island. It crashed near Cervarezza with the loss of all of the crew – Oblt. F. Müller, Maj. Pannwitz plus three crew all KIA.[4]

22 Jul 1944 – F6+GL of 3(F)./122, on secondment to 1(F)./123 at Paris/Buc, was again despatched on a sortie to Cherbourg Harbour, essentially following the same course as the previous sortie. When the aircraft was south of Guernsey and flying at about 5,000 metres four Allied nightfighters were sighted. Violent evasive action was taken and then they returned to Paris/Orly without accomplishing the mission.T

24 Jul 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent Me 410 F6+BK (Ofw. Jackstadt) on a late evening sortie and 6(F)./122 lost a Ju 88 to an accident during a non-combat flight.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
24 Jul 1944 6(F)./122 Ju 88 Lost due to accident on a non-combat flight.

24 Jul 1944 – (F)./122 again attempted a reconnaissance of La Maddalena but the operation was aborted due to the attention of the fighter defences.

30 Jul 1944 - F6+GL of 3(F)./122, on secondment to 1(F)./123 at Paris/Buc, took off from Paris/Buc at 2330 hrs to photograph the harbour at St Malo. The outward flight was at tree-top height until approaching the Allied lines, when the pilot climbed to 5,000 metres. All ten of the flash bombs were used over the objective and photographs taken. On return to base it was found that the sortie had been abortive since the photographs that were taken covered that section of St. Malo still in German hands and as a consequence were of no intelligence value. T

31 Jul 1944 – Wekusta 1/Luftflotte 1 was disbanded at Pärma (Estonia), the remnants of this unit were then absorbed into 5(F)./122.[5]

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References

  1. Wadman/Hopp – Me 410 Incidents (nb 6.1.91)
  2. B Trevor Baxter – provided a copy of ADI(K) 479/1944
  3. LdZ - Beale-AWI:70; PRO/London: P/W interrogation report CSDIC A.422.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Rosch – Luftwaffe Support Units p18.
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