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2.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 21

Code: (P2 + )

Formation and Training. (Nov 38 - Aug 39)

Formed 1 November 1938 at Stargard/Pomerania (ex-2.(H)/Aufkl.Gr.12) with Heinkel He 45s and He 46s, but these were replaced with Henschel Hs 126s during the first half of 1939.[1]

Polish Campaign. (Sep 1939)

1.9.39: transferred from Stargard to a forward airstrip in the Schneidemühl (Piła) area of West Prussia with 11(6) Hs 126s for the attack on Poland and assigned to support III Corps/4th Army. Advanced southeast toward Warsaw via Bromberg (Bydgoszcz) and Kutno. The Staffel is believed to have returned to Stargard on completion of the campaign at the end of September, and then moved to western Germany in October.

West - Attack on France and the Low Countries. (May 40 - May 41)

13.1.40: Hs 126 crashed while attempting a night landing at Windischenlaibach/19 km SE of Bayreuth, 100%, Lt. Jelinski + 1 injured.

23.4.40: Hs 126 crashed near Hodder, 100%, 2 killed.

10.5.40: possibly at Arzfeld/45 km NNW of Trier in the Eifel area with Hs 126s and Dornier Do 17Ms, a few of which had been received at the beginning of the year, for the attack on France - supported III. Armeekorps/12th Army through Luxembourg and South Belgium to the Aisne River around Rethel, and then south toward the Swiss border from the second week of June to the armistice on 22 June.

28.5.40: Hs 126 shot down at Chateau Procienne.

29.5.40: Hs 126 shot up near Rethel on the Aisne.

7/40: the Staffel handed in its Do 17Ms after the campaign and relocated to NE France.

18.7.40: Hs 126 crashed and burned at St.-Sabine after being shot up by RAF Hurricanes in the Boulogne area, 100%, 2 WIA.

17.10.40: Hs 126 (P2+HK) crashed at Bergen/NW Holland, 100%, 1 injured.

North Russia. (Jun 41 - Apr 43)

22.6.41: Tilsit area in East Prussia under Koluft AOK 18/Army Group North for the invasion of the Soviet Union that began this date, and assigned to support the advance of XXXVIII. Armeekorps through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

7.41: by mid-July the Staffel was flying recce sorties around the north end of Lake Peipus and the town of Narva on the Estonian-Soviet border.

18.7.41: Hs 126 rammed by a Soviet I-16 “Rata” fighter over Orlova in the Lake Peipus area, 100%, crew bailed out after flying their crippled aircraft 100 km back over German territory.

22.7.41: Hs 126 crash landed at Gdov on Lake Peipus, 70%.

13.10.41: Hs 126 crashed at Fp. Sloboda after engine caught fire, 100%.

2.2.42: Hs 126 crash landed at Slavkovichi, 35%.

6.2.42: Hs 126 crash landed at Fp. Gatchina due to engine failure, 25%.

1.3.42: Staffel reported 1 x Hs 126 A-1 and 5 x Hs 126 B-1 on strength.

8.3.42: Hs 126 B-1 crash landed at Fp. Zhary/SE of Leningrad, 60%.

21.3.42: Staffel based at Gatchina.

17.4.42: Fi 156 struck the ground at Fp. Siverskaya, 40%.

15.5.42: Hs 126 A-1 crashed at Fp. Gatchina due to tire damage, 50%.

5.42: Staffel under Nahaufklärungsgruppe 13 from May 1942.

17.8.42: Hs 126 B-1 (P2+HK) shot down by AA-fire near Lovda, 100%, Oblt. Hans-Joachim Herrmann (observer) + 1 both MIA.

11.9.42: Hs 126 B-1 shot up by AA-fire and force landed at Fp. Solugobovka, 25%.

30.10.42: Hs 126 shot up by a fighter over Miagry, 80%.

15.11.42: with the departure of Stab/NAGr. 13 for France this date, 2.(H)/21 was ordered to Jesau/East Prussia to rest and refit under NAGr. 12, which may have included the initial phase of conversion to the Bf 109. These plans were interrupted during the first half of December when Stab/NAGr. 12 was ordered to the Stalingrad front and 2. (H)/21 was reassigned to NAGr. 8 on the Leningrad front.

6.1.43: Bf 109 F-2 crashed and burned at Novo Siverskaya, 100%, pilot safe.

26.1.43: at Siverskaya or Gatchina under NAGr. 8 in support of 18th Army.

17.2.43: Staffel air crew member WIA by AA-fire south of Kolpino on the Leningrad front.

1.3.43: Staffel reported 11 x Hs 126 B-1 on strength.

16.3.43: Hs 126 shot up by a fighter south of Chudovo, 20%, Oblt. Günther Stephan (observer) KIA.

22.3.43: based at or operating from Gatchina.

4.43: departed for Germany to convert to (or complete conversion to) the Bf 109G.

7.43: renamed 1./NAGr. 5. Some sources give 1.9.43 as the date of the re-designation.

FpN:2.(H)/21 (L 08160).


Hptm. August Fischer-See (  ? -  ? ) 9/39

Hptm. Ernst Bünger(?) (  ? -  ? ) 6/41

Hptm. Karl-Theodor Pérignon(?) (  ? -  ? ) 5/42

Also see:

BAARE-SCHMIDT, Hans-Georg, Oblt.

BAUSCHKE, Horst, Lt.

BEHRENS, Karl, Lt.

BRATZ, Siegfried, Lt./Oblt.

BRENNEKE, Klaus, Lt.

DROST, Werner, Lt.

GRÜNEWÄLDER, Reinhard, Lt.

HASENKAMP, Hans-Jürgen (Hansjürgen), Lt.

HERRMANN, Hans-Joachim, Oblt.

HILDEBRANDT, Herbert, Oblt.

JELINSKI, Werner, Lt.

KALAUCH, Christian, Oblt.

KLAPPERT, Ernst, Lt.

KNEIFEL, Alfred, Lt.

KRAUSS, Walter, Lt./Oblt.

KUBLER,  ? , Maj.

NISTLER, Franz, Maj.

PETER,  ? , Lt. PUCHSTEIN, Karl, Lt.

REHDANTZ, Heinz, Lt.

RHEIN, Rudolf, Lt.

RUTKOWSKI, Friedrich (Fritz), Oblt.

SCHLÜTER, Eduard, Lt.

SCHMIDT, Wilhelm, Lt.

SCHÜNEMANN,  ? , Oblt.

STEPHAN, Günther, Oblt.

© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress). (1st Draft 2021)


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