1. (DFS) Lw.-Kdo. Don

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1 (DFS) /Luftwaffenkommando Don

Code: ?


L 49 308 (*Aug 1942 by renaming 4. DFS 230-Staffel. +Apr 1943).


Formed April 1942 at Eschborn, it was ordered to Konotop in South Russia in September for assignment to the newly formed Luftwaffenkommando Don. From Konotop, it flew engines, spare parts and other supplies to fighter and Stuka units supporting AOK 2 (2d Army) along the Don River in the Voronezh sector. By January 1943, it had moved to Kharkov/North airfield, from where it supported Luftwaffe units caught up in the general withdrawal to the north of Stalingrad. When it was disbanded in April 1943, many of its crews were absorbed by Verbindungskommando (S) 4. [1]

Commanding Officers

Oblt. Helmut Sannek (9/42 - 3/43) 4/42?


Eschborn/NW Frankfurt/M. (4/42 – 9/42)

Konotop/S.Russia (9/42 – 12/42)

Kharkov/North (1/43 - 1/43)

Poltava/S.Russia (1/43 - 2/43)

Kiev/West (2/43 - 4/43)

Equipment and Returns

(none found)

Representative Losses 1.(DFS)/Lw.-Kdo. Don

22.12.42: Hs 126 B-1 force landed in fog near Bely-Kolodes, 20%.

9.1.43: DFS 230 damaged by a storm at Kshen, 80%.

27.1.43: 2 x DFS 230 gliders intentionally destroyed to prevent capture at Nikolayevka.

5-6.2.43: 3 x DFS 230 gliders intentionally destroyed to prevent capture at Bogatyrevo and Namenskoye.

11-12.2.43: 3 x DFS 230 gliders intentionally destroyed to prevent capture at Andrayevka (Andriivka?) and 2 more damaged in low-level attack at Kharkov.

17.2.43: Fi 156 crashed at Poltava airfield, 80%.



Distinctions and Remarks


© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress, 2023).

(1st Draft 2023)


  1. B A-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs); AFHRA Maxwell: decimal K113 Karlsruhe Collection; AFHRA Maxwell: decimal 512.619 British AirMin P/W interrogations, ADI(K) series, microfilm rolls A5400-05, interrogation; AFHRA Maxwell: decimal 512.619 British AirMin CSDIC P/W Interrogation Reports in microfilm rolls A5415-18; British National Archives ULTRA signals; Kannapin, Norbert: Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945, 3 Bde (I – III) (Osnabrück, 1980-82); Schlaug, Georg: Die deutschen Lastensegler-Verbände 1937-1945: Eine Chronik aus Berichten, Tagebüchern, Dokumenten. Stuttgart: Motorbuch Verlag, 1985. ISBN: 3-613-01065-8. Hb. Dj. 296p. Illus. Maps. Appendices. Glossary of abbreviations. Bibliography.

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