Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jun 1942

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Jun 1942 – 4(F)./122 moved from Saki to Kerch in eastern Crimea toward the end of June to support the German advance into North Caucasia.[1]

3 Jun 42: 1(F)./122 flew several Bf 109 recce sorties over Malta.[2] Two Bf 109s were sent on separate sorties to malta, one aircradft was to check and photograph the airfields while the other was to check for shipping in both Valetta and Marsaxlokk harbours – neither aircraft was intercepted.

3-4 Jun 1942 – 3(F)./122 lost a Ju 88 on a sortie to the Scottish Coast.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
3 Jun 1942 3(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+CL 1591 Aircraft lost - Oblt. F-W. Raschke[3] Fw. Karl Bachmann (B), Uffz. Josef Steigerwald (Bf) and gefr Karl Schwarz (Bs).
6 Jun 1942 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-5 430167 Crashed on landing at Catania due to damaged tyres. 60% damage.
7 Jun 1942 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-5 430176 Catania – 30% damage.
8 Jun 1942 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+KM 1205 Missing from combat sortie. Fw. Alfred Witt (F), Lt. Friedrich Wearmann (B), Uffz. Willi Fetzmar (Bf) and Gefr. Lothar Hansold (Bs) all MIA.


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
11 Jun 1942 3(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+BL 1450 Aircraft lost - Oblt. Erich Hedjuk[4]

12 June 1942 – A Ju 88D of 1(F)./122 operating from Sicily sighted the “Harpoon” ships south of Ibiza.

13 – 14 Jun 1942 - 1(F)./122 lost two Ju 88s on these days while shadowing the “Harpoon” Malta relief convoy. Luftwaffe air strikes take place against “Harpoon” off the Tunisian coast.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
13 Jun 1942 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-5 F6+HH 430048 Shot down by carrier fighters from HMS Eagle while shadowing the "Harpoon" relief convoy bound for Malta, 100%, Staka Hptm. Dr. Büsen WIA and later died. Crashed on the Algerian coast near Algiers.[5] Uffz. Rudolf Ziegler (B), Fw Hans Göhringer (Bf) and Obgfr. Heinrich Bender (Bs).
14 Jun 1942 1(F)./122 Ju 88D F6+EH 1089 Shot down by Sea Hurricanes from HMS Eagle 190 km W of Trapani (Sicily) while shadowing "Harpoon", 100%. Three crew recovered, from their dinghy, by a British warship – Uffz. Emil Schwarz (F), Lt Hugo Vogel (B) plus two others, two of these later died of their wounds.[6]

20 Jun 1942 – 1(F)./122 recce Bf 109Fs, of which 4 were usually on hand, are believed to have operated from Comiso (Sicily) rather than Catania as virtually all of the crashes and accidents occurred there.[7]

The following units, ultimately controlled by Luftflotte 2, operated under II Fliegerkorps:-

Stab (F). /122 based at Trapani with 3 (2) Ju 88.

1(F)./122 based at Catania with a strength of 12 Me 110 and Ju 88 of which 7 were available for operations.

2(F)./122 based at Trapani with 15 (7) Ju88.


21 Jun 1942 – 2(F)./122 provided cover for a North Africa bound convoyconsisting of the “Rosalino Pilo” (8326 tons); “Reichenfels” (7744 tons) and the Italian destroyer “Da Recco”. The convoy came under attack by RAF Beaufighters off the east coast of Tunisia and 2(F)./122 lost two aircraft during the action.[8]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
21 Jun 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+BK Shot down by RAF Beaufighters off the east coast of Tunisia while flying cover for a convoy bound for North Africa, 100%. Uffz. Heinrich Kramer and crew killed.[9]
21 Jun 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88A-4 F6+FK Shot down by RAF Beaufighters off the east coast of Tunisia while flying cover for a convoy bound for North Africa, 100%. Crew picked up by the Da Recco, two wounded.[10]
30 Jun 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-5 43170 Forced landing due to lack of fuel, near Aschaffenburg- 50% damage. Lt. Harald Ullmann (F).[11]


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References

  1. LdZ - ADI(K) interr.sum.
  2. LdZ - Shores-Spitfire Year.
  3. TOCH – Nov 1 2002 Dirk Tollet request for info.
  4. TOCH – Nov 1 2002 Dirk Tollet request for info.
  5. Shores – Malte the Spitfire year p.324
  6. Shores – Malta the Spitfire year p.324
  7. LdZ - Shores-Spitfire:363,437.
  8. Shores – Malta, the Spitfire year p. 363
  9. Shores – Malta, the Spitfire year p. 363
  10. Shores – Malta, the Spitfire year p. 363
  11. Luftwaffe Quartermaster General's Loss Returns 3 Jul 1942
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