Aufkl. Gr. 122 Mar 1940

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Mar 1940: 1(F)./122 is said to have transferred from Fp.Uetersen to Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel, but the exact date is not known.[1]

4(F)./122 at Münster-Loddenheide gradually converting to Junkers Ju 88s.[2]

2 Mar 1940 – X. Fliegerkorps reported that six aircraft from 1(F)./122 left Utersen between 16.20 and 16.35 hrs on a sea recce sortie covering Pl. Qu. 05 Ost 6518 -6575 to 1787 and 2438, the furthest point of the patrol being achieved by 18.30 hrs. The reported results included: 4 destroyers spotted in Pl. Qu. 05 Ost 2251; a submarine in Pl. Qu 05 Ost 4413 and commercial shipping mainly to the south of the search area.[3]

6 Mar 1940 - a man from the 2nd Staffel’s ground personnel walked into a propeller and was injured at Münster-Loddenheide.

20 Mar 1940 – 1(F)./122 sent off a single He 111H on a sortie covering the Shetlands/Bergen/Enge area. East of Sumburgh convoy HN 20 “Alice” was spotted. The make up of the convoy was reported by the crew as a cruiser, three destroyers and forty merchantmen, the heading being reported as southwest. When Fleigerkorps X received this information it immediately despatched a further 3 He 111s of 1(F)./122 together with 13 He 111s of I./KG 26 and another 14 He 111s of I I./KG 26. (The bomber formations departed their bases about one hour apart during the afternoon.

Towards the evening another 1(F)./122 crew spotted a convoy NE of Ratray Head and after an interval of about an hour this too was attacked, this time by another 14 He111s of KG 26.

21 Mar 1940 – A 1(F)./122 He 111H-3 ran out of fuel while spotting convoys in the Shetlands - Orkneys area for KG 26 and force landed near Flensburg on return, 100%, Oblt. Blievernicht + 2 killed and 1 injured.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
21 Mar 1940 1(F)./122 He 111H-3 Ran out of fuel on the return flight and crash landed near Flensburg. Three crew killed (Oblt. Blievernicht + 2 killed and 1 injured).
28 Mar 1940 1(F)./122 He 111H-2 Failed to return from a recce mission – shot down off Wick by aircraft of 43 and 605 Sqdns.Oblt. Horst Gollmann, Fw Georg Schwenzer, Uffz Karl Knollmann, Oberfw Willi Moller- all MIA.[4]
31 Mar 1940 5(F)./122 Do 17P Crashed shortly after taking off from Fp.Köln-Wahn, 100%, Hptm. Schäfer killed and 1 injured.This aircraft was due to take part as a target for searchlights.[5]


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References

  1. M.Holm website.
  2. LdZ - ADI(K) P/W interrogation summaries; Tessin; Defieux.
  3. T1022 R-3335 PG-80317 p0686
  4. Postings to TOCH by Laurent Rizzotti and Peter Cornwell 1& 2 Mar 2004.
  5. Cornwell, Peter – The Battle of France Then and Now p154
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