Aufkl. Gr. 122 Nov 1942

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Nov 1942 - By now Ju 88A aircraft were considered to be inadequate for the tasks assigned to the unit, Me 210 and Ju 88Ts began to appear in the Gruppe’s inventory.

4()F)./122 operated under Luftwaffengruppe Kaukasustowards the end of Nov 1942. This ad hoc grouping included the following units[1]:-


Unit Base Commander Aircraft Available Aircraft Serviceable Aircraft Type



Lw. Gruppe Kaukasus Essentuki Gen.d. Flak Dessloch
Stab./JG 52 Soldatskaja Oberstlt Hrabak 6 4 Bf 109
III./JG 52 Soldatskaja Maj. v. Bonin 40 27 Bf 109
13.(slow.)/JG 52 Maikop Maj. Dumballa 8 6 Bf 109
NAGr 1 (1 Pz Armee) Balt. Rapolschij Maj. Pettenpaul(?)
NAGr 9 (17 Pz Armee) Krassnodar Maj. Lube
1(H)./21 Maikop Hptm. Körnig 8 5 Fw 189
7(H)./32 Maikop Hptm. Lueg 7 5 Fw 189
4(F)./122 Maikop Hptm. Müller 9 6 Ju 88

Nov 42 – Jan 43: 5(F)./122 is thought to have returned to the Reich for an extended rest and refit, but confirmation of this is needed. On the other hand, the refit that began in May or June possibly extended to January 1943.

1 Nov 1942 – 4(F) 122, operating on behalf of AOK 17, photographed military positions and a munitions dump (target code SU97 18050 in the vicinity of Dimitrijewka.[2]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
4 Nov 1942 3(F)./122 Ju 88D-3 430255 Crash landed at Schipol following combat.

6 Nov 1942 – A 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-l "trop" was despatched on a recce sortie to Oran/Algeria the aircraft subsequently landed at San Xavier, Murcia at 0740 hours 06 Nov 1942..

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
6 Nov 1942 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-l "trop" F6+MH 430140 Force landed after running out of fuel on a recce sortie to Oran/Algeria, 100%, Hptm. Kurt Junghans + 3 reported MIA , but later either captured or made it back to German lines in Tunisia.

8 Nov 1942 – Operation “Torch” begins with Allied forces landing in Morocco and Algeria.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
8 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+LK Failed to return from a sortie over the western Mediterranean, 100%, 1 KIA and 3 MIA
9 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-5 F6+DK Failed to return from a mission to the NW of Algiers, shot down by aircraft of 87 Sqdn. 100%, Oblt. Heinz Eisenmann (pilot) + 3 MIA.

9 Nov 1942 – Early morning a Ju 88 of FAGr 122 reported the sighting of landing craft off Oran and Algiers.[3]

10 – 24 Nov 1942 – 1(F)./122 despatched a series of reconaissance sorties to the North African coast and suffered some losses as a result.

10 Nov 1942 - American forces capture Oran.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
10 Nov 1942 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop F6+NH Failed to return from a recce along the African coast , 100%, Oblt. Fritz Röszner + 3 MIA.
14 Nov 1942 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop F6+SH Failed to return from Bizerta/Tunisia and believed shot down by a Beaufighter of 227 Sqdn, 100%, Oblt. Heinrich Langer (observer) + 3 MIA.
15 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+CK Failed to return from a sortie over the western Mediterranean, 100%, Oblt. Hugo Mack (pilot) + 3 MIA.
15 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-5 F6+IK Failed to return from sortie, last reported between Trapani and Tunis, 100%, Oblt. Heinrich Broksch (observer) + 3 MIA.
16 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-5trop Crash landed at Fp.Kastelli on Crete, 50%.
16 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop 4U+FK Failed to return from recce off the Algerian coast, 100%, 1 KIA, 1 WIA and 2 MIA. This aircraft originally belonged to 2.(F)/123.
17 Nov 1942 3(F)./122 FW 190A-3 Crash landed at Fp. St-Pol, 40%. No further details.
17 Nov 1942 3(F)./122 FW 190A-3 2159[4]:- Damaged on landing at Fp.Villacoublay-Nord outside Paris, 25%.
19 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Damaged taking off from Trapani, 60%.
22 Nov 1942 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop F6+BH 430425 Failed to return from a recce west of Tunis, 100%, Oblt. Josef Wiesberger B), Lt Herbert Scheschenka (F), Uffz Karl Lersha (Bf) and Uffz Hans Reherig (Bs) all MIA.[5]
24 Nov 1942 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop F6+IH 430355 Failed to return from the Tunis-Algiers area, 100%, Oblt. Paul Kragen (B), Ogfr. Heinrich Kilian (F), Uffz. Alfons Gossner (Bf) and Uffz. Karl Fuchs (Bm) all listed as MIA.[6]

29 Nov 1942 – A member of 1(F)./122s ground staff was killed during an Allied bombing attack on Fp.Comiso/Sicily.


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References

  1. Ulf Balke – Luftversorgung im Kaukasus – Jet & Prop v2004-1.
  2. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningd/citynames-dabr-dzis/slides/Dimitrijewka%20%20108.htm
  3. AIR 20/8534 page 3.
  4. Luftwaffe Quartermaster Loss Returns 27 Nov 1942
  5. Shores – Fighters over Tunisia – Ju 88 of 1/122 overflew Maison Blanche (Algiers) at 9000ft intercepted by two P-38s of 14 FG/ 48 Sqdn and shot down at 10.45.– plus Luftwaffe Quartermaster Loss Returns 28 Nov 1942
  6. Luftwaffe Quartermaster Loss Returns 28 Nov 1942
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