Code: (T5 + )
Formation. (Jan 43)
Formed 27 January 1943 at Mariupol-West/Ukraine (ex-2.(F)/Aufkl.Gr. Ob.d.L.) with Junkers Ju 88s.
South Russia. (Jan 43 - Sep 43)
21.1. 43: one man from the Staffel’s ground staff KIA by enemy fire at Fp. Mariupo1.
1.2.43: Staffel reported 8 x Ju 88 D-1 and 2 x Ju 88 D-5 on strength.
14.2.43: Ju 88 D-l missing in the vicinity of Fp. Mariupol, 100%, 2 KIA, 2 WIA.
22.2.43: 2.(F)/100 in transfer from Mariupol-West to Zaporozhye-East.
27.2.43: Ju 88 shot up and belly landed at Zaporozhye, 30%.
5.3.43: Ju 88 D-1 failed to return from a recce mission to the Izyum-Kupyansk area, 100%, 2 KIA, 1 MIA.
30.3.43: Ju 88 D-l (T5+FK) failed to return (FTR) from a recce flight in the BelgorodKursk-Sumy area, 100%, 4 MIA.
4.4.43: Staffe1 under FAGr. 4 to this date, then subsequently under FAGr. 3.
27.5.43: Ju 88 D-1 returned to Fp. Zaporozhye-East damaged after being shot up by a fighter, 35%.
11.6.43: Ju 88 D-1 (T5+FK) FTR from a recce mission to the Tikhoretsk area in North Caucasia, 100%, Oblt. Helmut Hartmann (pilot) + 3 MIA.
29.6.43: Ju 88 D-1 (T5+NK) FTR from a recce to Bataisk near Rostov, 100%, 4 MIA.
9.7.43: Ju 88 D-1 (T5+CK) FTR from the Voronezh-Kastornoye area (Kursk salient), 100%, Oblt. Hermann Becker (pilot), Oblt. Reinhold Taufe (observer) + 2 MIA.
10.7.43: Staffel reported 12(8) Ju 88s and Ar 240s on strength.
5.8.43: Ju 88 D-1 (T5+LK) FTR from the Salsk-Kotelnikovo area, 100%, 4 MIA.
19.8.43: Ju 88 D-1 (T5+HK) FTR from the Likhaya-Novoshop area, 100%, 4 MIA.
23.8.43: Ju 88 D-1 shot down by a fighter in the Likhaya-Chir area, 100%, 1 KIA and 1 WIA.
26.8.43: Ju 88 D-1 (T5+DK) FTR over Karbadinka Bay - no details, 100%, 4 MIA.
9.43: the Red Army closed on Zaporozhye during the last week in September forcing a rapid abandonment of the Luftwaffe bases around the city, which finally fell to the Russians on 14 October after several weeks of bitter fighting. The Staffel was withdrawn from operations to rest, refit and re-equip with Ju l88s in East Prussia.
Reich and Poland. (Oct 43 - May 45)
11.43: Königsberg re-equipping: received 9 x Ju 188 F-1 during the course of November.
6.1.44: at Königsberg-Gutenfeld re-equipping and training with new Ju 188s.
1.44 – 2.44: presumably at Gutenfeld working up with the Ju l88s; in any event, the Staffel was not operational.
24.2.44: declared operational again and transferred to Lvov in SE Poland.
22.3.44: moved from Lvov to Lublin and said to have remained there until 18 July.
18 May 44: photographed the Tarnopol area.
8 Jun 44: flying railway reconnaissance in support of Heeresgruppe Nordukraine.
21.6.44: flew photo reconnaissance over Poltava and Mirgorod in western Ukraine with its only serviceable Heinkel He 177 (sic!), paving the way for the now well-known attack by units of IV. Fliegerkorps (KG 4, 27, 53 and 55) on the 8th USAAF B-17s and P-5ls that had landed at these two airfields the same day.
26.6.44: based at Lublin/Poland directly under Luftflotte 4 with Ju l88s.
18.7.44: transferred from Lublin to Radom, and then on 27 July pulled back to Stubendorf.
9.44 – 12.44: at Stubendorf/20 km SE of Oppeln in Silesia under FAGr. 3/Luftflotte 6.
1.12.44: Staffel reported 7 x Ju 188 D-2 and 1 x Ju 188 F-1 on strength.
4.2.45: now at Sprottau/Silesia, having moved there in December, and still under FAGr. 3/Lfl.6.
10.2.45: believed to have transferred to Alt-Lönnewitz.
16.3.45: Ju 188 D-2 FTR from a recce over the Breslau area, 100%, Oblt. Siegfried Müller (observer) + 4 MIA.
26.3.45: at Alt-Lönnewitz under FAGr. 3/Lf1.6.
12.4.45: Staffe1 ordered disbanded this date by OKL.
3.5.45: at Königgrätz (Hradec Kralove)/Czechoslovakia in the process of disbanding under FAGr. 3.
FpN:2.(F)/100 (L 14354).
Maj. Klaus Pritze1 (Jan 43 - Mar (Sep?) 43)
Hptm. Ludwig Hensel (Sep 43 - Nov 44)
Hptm. Werner Pöppler (Nov 44 - Mar 45)
Maj. Gerhard Schwartz (Mar 45 - May 45)
ARNIM, Clemens Siegmund Harald Freiherr von, Lt.
BECKER, Hermann, Oblt.
BELAND, Kurt, Lt.
BLINDOW, Paul-Gerhard, Lt.
BRINKMANN, Erwin, Hptm.
BURGSCHAT, Albert, Oblt.
BUSCH, B., Lt.
DIERKS, Hans, Oblt.
DÜMCKE, Horst, Oblt.
EYBERG-WERTENEGG, Dr. (jur.) Ernst von, Lt.
HARTMANN, Helmut, Oblt.
KLETTE, Hans-Dietrich, Hptm.
LEUENROTH, Erich, Hptm.
MEHLER, Kurt, Oblt.
MÜLLER, Siegfried (DOB: 22.07.19), Oblt.
RICHTER, W., Lt.
TAUFE, Reinhold, Oblt.
© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress).
(1st Draft 2022)
- G.Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945, 16+ Bde., Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte (Osnabrück, 1980); W.Dierich - Die Verbände der Luftwaffe 1935-1945: Gliederungen und Kurzchroniken – Eine Dokumentation, p.157; N.Kannapin - Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945; W.Dierich - Kampfgeschwader 55 “Greif”: Eine Chronik aus Dokumenten und Berichten 1937-1945 (Stuttgart, 1975), p.365; M.Rauchensteiner - Der Krieg in Österreich, 1945. (Wien, 1984), p.360; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-321 roll 10; roll 50/876); NARA WashDC aerial photo data via M.Abicht; PRO London: AIR 40/1988; BNA HW 5/497; AFHRA Maxwell: decimal K113 Karlsruhe Collection; BA-MA Freiburg: Signatur RL 40/Kart; BA-MA Freiburg: document Qu.2/OKL Nr.1733!45; BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs); BA-MA Freiburg: Flugzeug-Bereitstellungen (Aircraft Availability Status Reports – FzB) and other information in: M.Holm-website (ww2.dk).