Formation and Organization. (Jul 43 - Nov 43)
West France. (Dec 43 - Aug 44)
12/43: conversion and training completed, transferred from Achmer to Mont de Marsan in SW France toward the end of December and commenced operations on 26 December, although the first long-range reconnaissance mission may not have occured until 1 January 1944.
4.1.44: (Lfl.3) - Ju 290 (9V+CH) lost or damaged in Allied bombing of Fp.Cognac.
16.2.44: (Lfl.3) - Ju 290A-5 (9V+FH) shot down by RAF fighters while shadowing a convoy over the Atlantic off Ireland, 100%, crew MIA.
10.4.44: (Lfl.3) - Ju 290A-4 (9V+DH) destroyed on the ground at Fp.Bourges during an Allied strafing attack, 100%.
26.5.44: Staffel claimed a RAF Sea Hurricane shot down over the Atlantic at 1713 hours, this probably being from an escort carrier accompanying a U.K.-Gibraltar convoy.; but lost Ju 290 (9V+GK) from 2. Staffel and 5 crew in the same engagement; 5 others rescued.
26.6.44: still at Mont de Marsan.
16-21.8.44: transferred from W France to Mühldorf am Inn/80 km E of Munich; some personnel may have also gone to Stavanger/Norway.
Germany and Norway. (Sep 44 - May 45)
9/44 - 12/44: Staffel inactive - at least four Ju 290s (9V+DH, FH, GH and KH) were reported on strength, and these were variously dispersed and parked at Brandis, Dessau, Munich-Riem, Berlin-Tempelhof or Vienna-Aspern at various times. Most of the crews were sent to work in aircraft factories, and some were pressed into service as test pilots.
4.1.45: Staffel reactivated to provide maritime reconnaissance support for the Kriegsmarine, particularly for planned operations by the new Type XXI U-boats and attacks on the British Home Fleet at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.
1/45: a small number of pilots, temporarily under an Oblt. Krüger, received Ar 234 conversion training at Burg near Magdeburg and then moved to Stavanger-Sola on 14 February as Einsatzkdo. 1.(F)/FAGr 5 with 3 Arado Ar 234s.
23.2.45: EKdo. 1.(F)/FAGr 5 at Stavanger-Sola with Ar 234s.
26.2.45: EKdo. 1.(F)/FAGr 5 at Stavanger expecting the arrival of 3 or 4 aircraft from Pocking/Austria that belonged to KG 200.
3/45: while the rest of the Staffel was based at Neubiberg near Munich with Stab/FAG 5, the Einsatzkdo. in Norway began flying a small number of reconnaissance missions to Scotland and the Orkneys, including two sorties over the Firth of Forth area on 23 March.
23.3.45: (K.G.Nor) - Ar 234 crashed at Stavanger-Sola due to engine trouble, 80%, pilot injured.
25.4.45: 1.(F)/FAGr 5 ordered disbanded by OKL.
FpN: (L 55985 B)
Maj. Josef Augustin (DKG) (Jun 43 - May 45)
Stab./FAGr 5 for any additional names.
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- See under Stab/FAGr. 5 for formation references.
- Kössler/Ott-Dessauer:186; Kurowski-Seekrieg:218; PRO London: AirMin AIR 40 documents.
- AFHRA Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama: decimal 512.619 British AirMin P/W interrogations, ADI(K) series, microfilm rolls A5400-05, ADI(K) report 249/44.
- BA-MA Freiburg: claims microfilms.
- BA-MA: RL 40/Kart.
- See under Stab./FAGr 5 for this date.
- Flugzeug magazin: Heft (issue) 5/1991.
- Smith/Creek-Ar 234:212.
- Knut Maesel-private correspondence.
- PRO London: DEFE 3 ULTRA signal BT5872.
- ULTRA signal BT8226; BA-MA: RL 4 II/32; Smith/Creek-op cit:212-14.
- 2.Abt./OKL Order Nr.1950/45.
- BA-MA: RL 9/35; AFHRC Maxwell: decimal 512.625S.