Aufkl. Gr. 122 Oct 1940

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2 Oct 1940 – At 12.28 hrs a Ju 88 of 5(F)./122 departed on a channel recce sortie eventually reporting that it had not sighted any shipping between Dover and the isle of Wight[1]

3 Oct 1940 - 1(F)./122 recce sortie to east coast of England, aircraft lost in Pl.Qu. 2200 - 05 East – last distress call timed at 18.45 hrs CET. The pilot, Oberfeldwebel Günter Spanke (born 27 Jan 1910) was found washed ashore at Lyngvig on 2 Dec 1940.[2]


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
3 Oct 1940 1(F)./122 Ju 88A-1 F6+BH 01328 Failed to return from a recce sortie to the English East Coast. Shot down off Harwich in the early morning, 100% four crew (Ofw Spanke, Fw. Peters, Ofw. Adler and Uffz. Wabnitz) MIA.[3]

4 Oct 1940 – A 5(F)./122 Ju 88 (departed at 09.51 hrs) reported no sightings of shipping between Dover and the Isle of Wight.[4]

7 Oct 1940 – A single Ju 88 of 5(F)./122, operating under the control of I Fliegerkorps, took off at 08.25 hrs – it reported no shipping sightings between Dover and the Isle of Wight.[5]

Afternoon sortie by a Ju 88 of 5(F)./122 reported no shipping in the area of the Channel it had searched.[6]

8 Oct 1940 – A single Ju 88 of 5(F)./122 reported 1 large and 6 small ships with a single escort off Dover.[7]

9 Oct 1940 – 5(F)./122 sent out a single Ju 88 on a midday sortie over the Channel – reported no shipping between Margate and Brighton.[8]

A further Channel recce and weather sortie was operated by 5(F)./122 starting at 15.00 hrs, this also reported no shipping sightings between Dover and the Isel of Wight.[9]

10 Oct 1940 – 5(F)./122 sent out a Ju 88 at 07.30 hrs for a weather and Channel recce sortie – this aircraft reported a number of small vessels in the vicinity of Folkestone and some shipping in Dover harbour.[10]


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
16 Oct 1940 1(F)./122 Ju 88A-1 F6+LH 5047 Force landed at Lille-Vendeville on return from a recce over England, 60%. One crew member injured. 58
18 Oct 1940 5(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 0409 Damaged in a landing accident near Laon during operational sortie, no casualties 50%. [11]

25 Oct 1940 - 2(F)./122 despatched a Bf 110C-5 from Brussels at 1300 hrs on a recce sortie to the Rolls Royce works at Derby but the aircraft was intercepted and shot down. The pilot told British investigators that he was on a bomber escort mission with several other Bf 110 aircraft.[12]


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
25 Oct 1940 2(F)./122 Bf 110C-5 F6+MK 2257 Shot down by Spitfire of 72 Sqdn 15 miles NE of Great Yarmouth at 14.40. Lt K. Wacker picked up by HMS Widgeon and Gefr. G. Gneist MIA.[13]
Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
29 Oct 1940 5(F)./122 Ju 88A-1 0364 Damaged in a taxiing accident at Haute-Fontaine, 8%.[14]



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References

  1. T321 R88 Luftflottenkommando 3, p845
  2. Soren Flensted - TOCH May 5th 2005 and Peter Cornwell - TOCH May 5th 2005
  3. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p673 & Mason BoB p430
  4. T321 R88 Luftflottenkommando 3, p872
  5. T321 R88 Luftflottenkommando 3, p938
  6. T321 R88 Luftflottenkommando 3, p932
  7. T321 R88 Luftflottenkommando 3, p966
  8. T321 R88 Luftflottenkommando 3, p974
  9. T321 R88 Luftflottenkommando 3, p975
  10. T321 R88 Luftflottenkommando 3, p994
  11. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p689 & Mason BoB p452
  12. A.I.1 (K) 802/1940 via Melvin Brown
  13. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p695
  14. Ramsay et al BoB Then and Now p702
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