Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jun 1940

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Jun 1940 – 2(F)./122 initiated a transfer from Münster to Brussels-Evere around mid-June, although the move was not completed until July. The Staffel remained there until late May or early June 1941.[1]


4(F)./122 transferred from Köln to Brussels-Evere.[1]

5(F)./122 may have moved forward from Köln-Wahn to Amiens during the first half of June.[2]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
1 Jun 1940 2(F)./122 Ju 88A F6+DK Failed to return from a reconnaissance mission over Dunkirk, 100%. may have been lost to F/O Moberley of 616 Sqdn at 10.00 - aircraft fell into the English Channel. Lt.R. Hey, Fw. E. Lange-Gläscher, Fw. E. Kiess and Uffz. W. Giesa all captured unhurt.[3]

2 June 1940 – A 1(F)./122 Heinkel attempted to carry out a reconnaissance sortie over Vestfjord and Narvik in bad weather but had to force land near the Lofotens due to lack of fuel.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
2 Jun 1940 1(F)./122 He 111 Force landed near the Lofotens due to lack of fuel.Lt. G. Wentz and crew rescued by Luftwaffe SAR aircraft.
5 Jun 1940 2(F)./122 Ju 88A This aircraft hit an obstruction when taking off at Koln-Ostheim.

Lt. J. Nolte, Uffz. B. Renken and Obgf. K-H Rott all killed in the ensuing crash. Gefr. L. Hasse was seriously injured and died two days later in hospital.[4]

6 Jun 1940 – 09.42 hrs Do 17 (F6+CN, Fw Werner Breese) departed Cambrai Nord for a sortie that encompassed Beuavais, Pontois and Vernon, flak was encountered near Guerney and the sortie was aborted, the aircraft returned to Cambrai Nord at 11.32 hrs.[5]

7 Jun 1940 – Allied withdrawal from Narvik - Three He 111s of 1(F)./122 found the evacuation fleet and called down raids by various Luftwaffe units.

10 Jun 1940 - with the end of the Norwegian campaign on this day, 1.(F)/122 departed Norway a few days later and transferred to Wunstorf (Lower Saxony) to rest, refit and to complete conversion to the Ju 88.[6]

11 Jun 1940 – The Sta Kap. of 5(F)./122, Hptm. Böhm was reported wounded in action during an operational flight on this day.[7]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
21 Jun 1940 2(F)./122 Ju 88A-l Hit the ground in a turn while low flying near Brussels, 100%. Lt O. Marschik, Uffz. H. Seggelke, Uffz. B. Reuter and Uffz. A. Seith all killed.[8]

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22 Jun 1940 4(F)./122 Ju 88 Crashed at Calais following engine failure, crew unhurt

during a combat sortie – 70% damage.


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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 LdZ - PRO/London: AirMin P/W interrogation summaries; Foreman-Forgotten Months:14; LR evidence.
  2. M.Holm website
  3. Cornwell, Peter - The Battle of France Then and Now page 408
  4. Cornwell, Peter - The Battle of France Then and Now page 427
  5. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werner Breese's Flugbuchs.
  6. LdZ - PRO/London: AirMin P/W summaries.
  7. LdZ
  8. Cornwell, Peter - The Battle of France Then and Now page 496
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