Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jun 1943

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2 Jun 1943 – An aircraft of 5(F)./122 photographed the bridges at Barkowo, east of Lake Lagoda(60.28.15 N/33.08.15 E, Pl.Qu. 36 Ost 31513 target code 41 863).[1]

3 Jun 1943 – 1(F)./122 now operating from Elmas and Ottana/Sardinia.[2]

5(F)./122, operating under Luftflotte 1, despatched an aircraft to photograph the bridges over the Wloja (Vloya) near its confluence with the Wolchoff (Volkhov) opposite Gorodischtsche (Gorodishche). (target codes were SU 41 248, railway bridge) and SU 43 248, road bridge; Pl Q. 36 Ost 20342; 59.38.25 N 32.06.20 E).[3]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
3 Jun 1943 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+SM 430405[3] Shot down by a fighter in the Krymskaya-Krasnodar area, 100%, 4 MIA. Uffz Rudolf Riegler (F),Lt Fritz Möllenhoff (B), Uffz Paul Krause (Bf) and Gefr. Martin Bänsch (Bs) [4]
6 Jun 1943 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-5 F6+NM Failed to return from a sortie over Poti on the Black Sea coast, 100%, 4 MIA.

12 June 43 - 3(F)./122 sent out Ofw.Von Zabiensky, Oblt. Blankenhahn, Fw. Lampmann and Obfw.l Tonne in Ju 88 F6+BL taking off from Schiphol at 22.29 hours. They were tasked with convoy reconn. off the East Coast of England. The Ju 88 was attacked by a Beaufighter and crashlanded off the Dutch Coast. Oblt Blankenhahn and Fw.Lampmann were wounded and taken to hospital. The Beaufighter was crewed by F/O J N Howard-Williams and F/O JA Quinton of 604 Squadron. They flew Beaufighter Mk VIf (V8748). As the JU 88 did not return to her homebase, it was not suitable for the 2000. Feindflug. The official 2000. Feindflug was three days later (15 June 43). As Oblt Blankenhahn and Fw Lampmann were injured they were replaced for 15 June 1943 sortie by Fw Knörtz and Oblt Salecker.[5]

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5(F)./122 photographed the airfield Chwoinaja I located northeast of the town and railyard of the same name (34.33.00E/58.54.15N) – the airfield (target code SU 10 2759) has two unpaved landing areas one of 1800m and the other of 1450m length.[6]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
12/13 Jun 1943 3(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+BL 1479 Shot down by Beaufighter of 604 Sqdn see above for detail. (original entry - No further information available.[7])

13 June 1943 – 5(F)./122 photographed the railway halt and bridges at Dymi (target Code SU 40 18031, Pl.Qu. 36 Ost 30454, 59.35.20N 33 46.10 E).[8])

5(F)./122 also photographed the railway station at Gorjatino (Goryatino) (target code SU 40 20015, Pl.Qu.36 Ost 20812, 59.14.50 N 32.37.20 E)[9])

15 June 1943 – 3(F)./122 official 2000th Feindflug took place on this day – the crew involved were:- Ofw.Von Zabiensky, Obfw.l Tonne, Fw Knörtz and Oblt Salecker.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
15 Jun 1943 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+EK 430742 Failed to return from a recce to Tripoli, 100%, Lt Hermann Metz & three crew MIA. [10]
15 Jun 1943 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+GK 1321 Failed to return from recce to Malta, 100%. Suspected engine failure.Oblt. Heinrich Fennel (observer), Lt Josef Träger and Fw Michael Feiersinger all MIA.[11]

16 Jun 1943 – 3(F)./122 celebrated the 2000th Feindflug at Schipol.

Mid Jun 1943 – 2(F)./122 was selected to operationally evaluate the Arado Ar 240, one of which arrived at Frosinone from Germany around mid-June (Werknummer 002 or 003). On 12 July the Arado was flown to Villacidro/Sardinia from where it was to be used to fly reconnaissance over Bizerta/Tunisia. Immediately after this flight it was destroyed in a landing accident at Frosinone.[12]

17 Jun 43: Stab./122 reported being established at Frosinone. Stab(F)./122 had no aircraft available while 2(F)./122 had 4 Ju 88s ofwhich 1 was serviceable and 2 Me 410s with none serviceable[13]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
17 Jun 1943 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+MM Failed to return from a mission to the Krymskaya-Armavir-Tikhoretsk-Krasnodar area, 100%,4 MIA.

19 Jun 1943 – 1(F)./122 despatched a sortie to the Algerian Coast between Cap Bougaron and Oran. O

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
19 Jun 1943 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop F6+JH 430117 Failed to return from a sortie and is believed to have been shot down by a fighter, 100%. 4 crew including Lt Walter Decker all MIA.[14]

24 Jun 1943 - 1(F)./122 was relieved at Ottana by 3(F)./33 and transferred to Montpellier/South France on this date for rest and refit.[15] The last elements of 1.(F)/122 departed Sardinia about 10 days later.[16]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
24 Jun 1943 2(F)./122 Me 410A-1 F6+XE 0157 Shot down by a Spitfire from 111 Sqdn fighter after a chase south of Cape Passero, 100%, Oblt. Ulrich Nauck (F) and Uffz Willi Weber (Bf) both killed.[17]

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  1. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningb/citynames-bak-bar/slides/Barkowo%20%20068.html
  2. LdZ - ULTRA ML3556 and ML3900.
  3. 3.0 3.1 http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningg/citynames-gele-gust/slides/Glashewo%20%20010.html
  4. Luftwaffe Quartermaster Generals loss returns and posting by Ed North on the LEMB (26/05/08) also posting by Andy Fletcher on Luftwaffedata Forum 26/05/08 confirming Möllenhoff as a member of 4(F)./122
  5. Rob van den Nieuwendijk by e-mail 23/06/04
  6. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningc/citynames-carn-czyz/slides/Chwoinaja%20I%20%20052.html
  7. Nauta, Hans – Posting to TOCH 12/9/03 requesting confirmation of individual code letter (suggested that it was either B or G)
  8. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningd/citynames-dabr-dzis/slides/Dymi%20%20030.html
  9. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningg/citynames-gele-gust/slides/Gorjatino%20%20042.html
  10. Pausey – F122 losses May –Dec 1943 (Wkr Nr and aircraft commander’s name)
  11. Pausey - F122 losses May –Dec 1943 (Wkr Nr and crew’s names)
  12. LdZ - ULTRA Signals ML7349, ML7362; PRO/London P/W interrogation report ADI(K) 57/44; Defieux; Flugzeug Profile 1/1989 on the Ar 240.
  13. LdZ - ULTRA ML4595.
  14. Pausey - F122 losses May –Dec 1943 (Wkr Nr and aircraft commander’s name)
  15. LdZ - ULTRA ML5186; PRO AIR 40/1995.
  16. LdZ - PRO/London: 329 Wing “Y” Sigint reports.
  17. Cull et al – Spitfire Over Sicily p83 also Pausey - F122 losses May –Dec 1943 (Wkr Nr)
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