Aufkl. Gr. 122 Nov 1944

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Nov 1944 – During this month 28 daylight miissions were conducted by 2(F)./122 (excluding any aborted due to engine trouble, weather etc.)

2 Nov 1944 – operational strength in Italy was recorded as:-

Unit Number of Aircraft on Strength Number of Aircraft Servicable
Stab/122 0
2(F)./122 8 6
4(F)./122 8 8
6(F)./122 4 4

4 Nov 1944 – From Ghedi 2.(F)/122 sent out Lt Karl-Heinz Klinke and Uffz Misch, in an Me 410 coded F6+RK, on a sortie to look at Livorno Harbour. This crew departed at 11.05 and returned at 12.22, heavy flak having been encountered over Livorno. In the harbour 14 large ships were sighted, together with numerous smaller vessels. Approximately 30kms NW of Livorno (position 14 Ost 0417) 2 medium sized ships were sighted, they were apparently at a standstill. In addition 30 Kms west of Livorno (04 Ost 9449) a small vessel (probably a fast patrol boat) was also spotted.[1]

5 Nov 1944 – 4(F)./122 sent out Ju 188 F6+AM on an early sortie.

At midday 4(F)./122 sent out a Ju 88 on a sortie to photograph the Brenner Pass area, two hours later Bergamo control were attempting to ascertain it’s whereabouts. 6(F)./122 lost a Ju 188 and some crew to a crash at Bergamo and F6+HP was sent out on an evening sortie.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
5 Nov 1944 4(F)./122 Ju 88T-3 F6+HM 330220 Shot down by US 5th FS near Innichen on the Austrian border. Oblt. H. Hoeb and three crew killed. Probably shotdown by 1/Lt Warren M. Lockwood 5FS/52FG who claimed a Ju88 located at 42º2' N, 12º24' E at 14:35. It was the only Ju88 claimed by US units in the MTO this day. It was Lockwoods 1st claim (of two).*
5 Nov 1944 6(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 150264 Crashed at Bergamo killing one member of the crew and injuring the rest.

6 Nov 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent out three sorties to the Ligurian, this unit did not operate again until 10 Nov 1944.

8 Nov 1944 – 6(F)./122 lost a Ju 188 at Bergamo.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
8 Nov 1944 6(F)./122 JU 188D-2 F6+HP 150525 Crashed at Bergamo Fhj. Fw. Schuster and Ofw. Scheithauer injured.

13 Nov 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent up and early morning sortie.

14 Nov 1944 – 2(F)./122 lost an Me 410 in a landing crash.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
14 Nov 1944 2(F)./122 Me 410 F6+SK Crashed on returning from a mission at 1550. Ogfr. Wachtfeidl (observer) and FHr. Sewald (Pilot) both were injured.

16 Nov 1944 – 6(F)./122 sent a Ju 188 to Ghedi but it was returned to Bergamo that evening having not sortied.

2(F)./122 sent out a Me 410, crewed by Borrman and Kranz, on a short early afternoon mission.

18 Nov 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent out Me 410 F6+AK, crewed by Oblt. v.d. Daele and Uffz. Blaschek, on a sortie to the Ligurian.

19-27 Nov 1944 – On numerous occassions 6(F)./122 sent aircraft to Ghedi from Bergamo in the morning only to have them returned in the evening having not sortied from Bergamo.

22 Nov 1944 – FAGr 122 was required to provide photoreconnaissance of partisan held areas.

6(F)./122 lost another Ju 188D-2 to a crash.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
22 Nov 1944 6(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 F6+EP 150258 Destroyed in a crashlanding 5km south of Bergamo. Uffz. K. Schulze and one crew member killed, one other injured.

28 Nov 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent up F6+VK on a test flight of 30 minutes duration. At midday it also sent out Me 410 F6+ZK on a reconnaissance sortie (crew Ofhr. Jackstadt and Uffz. Schütze.).

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
28 Nov 1944 6(F)./122 Ju 188D-2 F6+DP Shot down by a USAAF night fighter SE of St-Tropez on the French Riviera, 100%, Fw Hans Krieg and three crew WIA. Almost certainly shotdown by 1/Lt Theodore A. Deakyne 417NFS who claimed a Ju188 located at 42º52' N, 06º30' E between 23:20-23:37. It was the only US claim this day in the MTO. He was flying a Beaufighter VI and it was his only claim.[2]

30 Nov1944 – operational strength in Italy was recorded as:-

Unit Number of Aircraft on Strength Number of Aircraft Servicable Type of Aircraft
Stab/122 0 0
2(F)./122 6 5 Me 410A-3/B-3
4(F)./122 6 4 Ju 188D-2
3 3 Ju 88T-3
6(F)./122 7 5 Ju 188D-2


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References

  1. Oliver Harms – Karl-Heinz Klinke papers.
  2. Andy Fletcher via e-mail 08/07/04
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