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.Rudolf Hey (B), Fw. Erich Lange-Gläscher (F), Fw. Erwin Kieß (Bm) and Uffz. Wilhelm. Giesa (Bf) 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.
3 Jun 1940 3(F)./122 He 111H-2 F6+NL 5575 Forced landing in Sweden[4]

Uffz. Otto Schmidt (F), Oblt. Louis-Ferdinand Wentz (B), Oblt. (Insp) Arthur Klanke and Uffz. Ludwig Volk.

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.

F6+GN of 5(F)./122 flew a sortie from Amiens-Vignacourt departing at 12.50 hrs and returning at 15.00 hrs. The sortie encompassed Aumale, Rouen and Vernon and was carried out with a Zestorer escort.[7]

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.[8]

11 Jun 1940 – The Sta Kap. of 5(F)./122, Hptm. Böhm was reported wounded in action during an operational flight on this day.[9]

14 Jun 1940 – 5(F)./122 (F6+CN) flew a road recce sortie south-west of Paris departing Bézu Le Fôret at 09.08 hrs returning at 10.59 hrs.[10]

15 Jun 1940 - 5(F)./122 (F6+CN) again operating from Bézu Le Fôret took off at 05.42 hrs for a sortie taking in Chateaudun, Blois, Tours and Le Mans. The crew reported heavy flak near Tours. The Do 17 landed at 09.00 hrs.[11]

16 Jun 1940 - 5(F)./122 (F6+CN) again operating from Bézu Le Fôret took off for a further early morning sortie at 05.42 hrs this time the targets were Evreux, Le Mans, Burney, Alençon and Sillé Guillaume. Some Flak was encountered near Le Mans and the aircraft landed back at Bézu Le Fôret at 08.00 hrs.[12]

17 Jun 1940 – F6+GN (Do 17) of 5(F)./122 took off from Bézu Le Fôret at 12.31 hrs for a low level flight that took in Caen, Laval, Bergeuse and Le Havre. The aircraft returned at 15.23 hrs.[13]

18 Jun 1940 – At 17.12 hrs 5(F)./122 sent out F6+ON (Do 17P) a late afternoon/early evening sortie covering Avranches, St Malo, St. Briennes, Pedon, Rennes, Cambourg. The aircraft returned to Bézu Le Fôret at 21.13 hrs.[14]

21 Jun 1940 – A Do 17P (F6+JN) piloted by Fw Werner Breese of 5(F)./122 took off from Chateauneuf at 15.43 hrs for a sortie that took in part of the Biscay coast, specifically Nantes, La Rochelle and the Gironde Estuary. The aircraft landed back at Chateauneuf at 19.06 hrs.[15]


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.[16]

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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. HW5/3 via Adam Thompson 18032018 see also http://www.forcedlandingcollection.se/LWe/LW025-He111.html
  5. Cornwell, Peter - The Battle of France Then and Now page 427
  6. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werner Breese's Flugbuchs.
  7. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werener Breese's Flugbuchs
  8. LdZ - PRO/London: AirMin P/W summaries.
  9. LdZ
  10. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werener Breese's Flugbuchs
  11. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werener Breese's Flugbuchs
  12. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werener Breese's Flugbuchs
  13. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werener Breese's Flugbuchs
  14. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werener Breese's Flugbuchs
  15. Werner Breese Combat Sorties – compiled by Tim Oliver from Werener Breese's Flugbuchs
  16. Cornwell, Peter - The Battle of France Then and Now page 496
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