Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jun 1944

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June 1944 – Italy – Stab (F)./122 now controlled the following units:-

1.(F)/123 operating Ju 88Ts on day reconnaissance; 2(F)./122 day reconnaissance operating Me 410s, a Fi 156 communications aircraft and a solitary Ju 88D-1; Westa 26 (mid-June this unit was disbanded and reformed as 6(F)./122 operating a mix of Ju 88A-4s and Ju 188D-2s.)

These strategic recce forces covered Bizerta and the Tyrrhenian harbours that might be used for invasion forces, they also showed interest in the sea north and west of Corsica and a portion of the Adriatic.

3(F)./122 at Soesterberg - reported 7 Ju 188s and 4 Ju 88s on strength.[1]

1 Jun 1944 – A Me 410 (F6+KK, Schiffels/Weber) of 2(F)./122 flew, during the early morning, a two hour mission. 1(F)./123 sent up four aircraft and Westa 26 three Ju 88s.

2 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent out the usual early morning mission and then it’s Ju 88 operated a series of half hour training flights from Bergamo – a new Me 410 arrived for this unit from Germany. 1(F)./123 sent out a solitary daylight sortie.

3 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 moved Me 410s between Perugia and Bergamo. Operationally, a pair of sorties were operated by F6+HK (Lt. D. Stämmler) totalling four hours air time.

1(F)./123 sent out two sorties – the last of which flew from Bergamo to cover the Tyrrhenian harbours and the appoaches to Corsica, it returned to Bergamo at 1945.

3/4 June 1944 – Westa 26 flew at least three sorties, one covering the northern Tyrrhenian Harbours from Ghedi while 1(F)./123 also sent out a Ju 88.

4 Jun 1944 – A new Me 410 arrived at Bergamo from Riem for 2(F)./122. Operations were flown twice using F6+FK with a different crew each time.

Between this date and 22 Jul 1944, 4.(F)/122 was located at Gutenfeld.[2]

5 Jun 1944 – Westa 26 flew an operation to the Elba area using a Ju 88 which was recorded as missing.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
5 June 1944 Westa 26 Ju 88A-4 5M+H 301546 Lost in the Elba area. Lt. Hansen and 3 crew MIA.

6 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 flew one of two “3000th” missions – Me 410 F6+QK (Oblt. V.d. Daele and Uffz. Blaschek) leaving Perugia at 0510 and returning approximately 2 hours later to suffer a major accident on its return.

Image:A_Oberleutnant_Herbert_v.d.jpg image of Oblt Herbert van den Daele who flew the first 3000th mission on June 6th 1944.

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7 Jun 1944 – 1(F)./123 flew a late recce sortie having moved 4U+BH up from Bergamo to Perugia during the early evening.

8 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 completed it’s second 3000th mission – Me 410 F6+KK (Dietse/Bendorf) returned to Perugia just prior to 0500. A Ju 88 of 1(F)./123 was on a sortia in the Pistoia area when it was attacked by Spitfires and shot down.

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1830 2(F)./122 sent F6+HK (Scmidt/Grahl) on a 70 minute sortie from Perugia.

Overnight Westa 26 operated 4 sorties.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
8 Jun 1944 1(F)./123 Ju 88T-1 4U+GH 430913 Shot down by Spitfires of 451 Sqdn near Pistoia. Obfhr. Scherf and three crew killed.

9 Jun 1944 – At 0222 1(F)./123 flew a long range mission from Perugia to photograph Bizerta and Ferryville, landing at Istres after being aoft for eight hours! 1(F)./123 also moved a Ju 88 (4U+BH) from Perugia to Bergamo.

11 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent F6+KK (Neumann and Meister) on a mission from Perugia at 05.45. This aircraft subsequently crash landed at Forli three hours later.


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
11 June 1944 2(F)./122 Me 410 F6+KK 95% damaged in a crash landing at Forli at 08.45, crew recovered by Ju 88 F6+Bk and returned to Perugia. (Neumann and Meister)

12 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 planned a mission to Piacenza-Corsica-Cetral Tyrrhenian-Corsica-Bergamo; this took off at 0448 and the Me 410 (Jackstadt and Stauch) was attacked and badly damaged near La Spezia; the aircraft subsequently crashed and was destroyed on it’s return to base. See here for further detail of the combat as seen from the RAAF perspective.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
12 June 1944 2(F)./122 Me 410 F6+FK Destroyed in a crash landing at Perugia, crew escaped the crash but did not fly again for 10 days. (Jackstadt and Stauch)

14 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent up two missions – one a photographic flight over it’s own territory and another over allied lines. Westa 26 sent up a night reconnaissance over the sea around Elba, the Italian west coast and the eastern exit from the San Bonifacio Strait – this aircraft failed to return.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
14 June 1944 Westa 26 Ju 88A-4 5M+F 301154 Missing from sortie to the sea around Elba, the Italian west coast and the eastern exit from the San Bonifacio Strait. Crew (Oblt. Harbauer +3) all MIA.

An aircraft from 5(F)./122 photographed the rail yards at Isotscha (Izocha) and the rail bridge to the south-west (Target Code SU 40 23001; Pl. Qu. 35 Ost 07 742; 56 09 55N 30 04 00E). Isotscha was located just north of the Bolschoi Iwan See (Lake Bolshoy Ivan) and approx 19 km North-east of Newel (Nevel) in Pskov Oblast.[3]

16 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 deployed Me 410 F6+EK (Daele and Blaschek) to Piacenza for operations.

17 Jun 1944 – Me 410 F6+LK (2(F)./122) flew six missions and Ju 88 F6+BK one mission in the support of Würzburg radar crew training. In addition 2(F)./122 flew one combat mission – operated by Me 410 F6+CK.

18 Jun 1944 – Fi 156 (F6+SK) flew two missions, also believed to be in support of Würzburg radar crew training.

5(F)./122 photographed the airfield at Aschwo (57.11.40N/29.55.00E) from 8300m.[4]

19 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 operated a low level recce sortie by F6+EK from Piacenza, this aircraft operated in the direction of Elba and was intercepted by US P-47s. The Me 410 returned to Bergamo in a bad way but with its crew uninjured.

In the evening 2(F)./122 sent out F6+CK but this aircraft crashlanded after 12 minutes in the air. Westa 26 operated 3 night sorties without loss.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
19 Jun 1944 2(F)./122 Me 410 F6+EK Sortie to the sea around Elba damaged during combat with P-47s – crew safe.
19 Jun 1944 2(F)./122 Me 410 F6+CK Crash landed 12 minutes after take-off – crew safe.

23 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 reported the Stammkennzeichen of their aircraft as follows[5]:-.

A: PS+TG G: PS+TD L:TF+(fair indications E) R
C: NE+QG I: KR+UX O: DQ+XK
E: NE+QN K: BR+JF P: DQ+XN

23-24 Jun 1944 – 3(F)./122 sent out Ju 188F-l (F6+JL) on a night photo recce of English east coast ports, this aircraft was caught by a nightfighter and lost.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
23-24 Jun 1944 3(F)./122 Ju 188F-1 F6+JL 281620 Shot down by Night Fighter and crashed at Padley Water, Chillesford, Suffolk at 12.15 hrs. Oberlt. H-G Kasper, Oberfw. G. Hupke, Uffz. B. Morweisser and Uffz. P. Werkhausen all killed. Uffz. W. Scheel bailed out and made a POW.

25 Jun 1944 -

28 Jun 1944 - Elements of 1(F)./122 located at Baranowicze (East Poland) with Me 410s under FAGr.2/Luftflotte 6.[6]

29 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+ZK made a round trip Bergamo-Ravenna-Bergamo carrying two personnel from 1(F)./122 and two from Westa 26. In addition a Westa 26 Ju 88 (5M+R) returned to Bergamo, probably from Ravenna.

30 Jun 1944 – The unit lost a Ju 88 on a night reconnaissance of Ancona and the Tremiti Islands.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
30 Jun 1944 Westa 26 Ju 88 5M+D 430910 Missing – may have been lost as the result of an apparent inconclusive combat between a Ju 88 and a 417th NFS Beaufighter SW of Pianosa.

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References

  1. BA-MA/Freiburg: Signatur RL 40/Kart.
  2. Tessin Band 16 page 37.
  3. V57_Newel_(LWN)_VI.1943.jpg and http://www.wwii-photos-
  4. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginninga/citynames-arc-bak/slides/Aschewo%20%20152.html
  5. Wadman – Ultra KV9402 Stammkennzeichen (factory Codes) Wadman’s interpretation is that the content relates the aircraft letter within the staffel to the Factory Code.
  6. LdZ - NARA/WashDC: RG 242/T-311 roll 228 frame 491.
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