2./MSGr. 1

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2./MSGr. 1

also as: 2. Minensuchstaffel (after 29 Feb 44)

Formation. (Dec 42)

Formed 1 December 1942 at Bremerhaven-Weddewarden (? confirmation lacking – Copenhagen-Kastrup has also been mentioned) using in part assets taken from the disbanded Sonderkommando “Mausi”. The Staffel operated mainly in the North Sea area and around Denmark.[1]

North Germany, Hungary, Norway and Denmark. (Dec 42 - May 45)

19 Dec 42: Ju 52 crashed east of Heligoland (Helgoland) in the Heligoland Bight (bay NNW of Cuxhaven) (cause not given), 100%, 1 WIA.[2]

3 Feb 43: Ju 52 shot down west of Borkum in the East Frisian Islands, 100%, 1 KIA and 3 WIA.

Apr 43: from April 1943 on, the Staffel had an average of 12 to 18 Ju 52s on strength.[3]

19 Jun 44: 2. Minensuchstaffel was being used as a reserve Staffel for the others, providing additional aircraft and crews where needed.[4]

24 Jun 44: Staffel based at Wesermünde (Blexen)/3 km W of Bremerhaven and had just been reinforced with an additional 7 Ju 52s taken from other units.[5]

28 Jun 44: Staffel reported 11 a/c serviceable and 2 unserviceable at Wesermünde, plus 5 serviceable at Budapest-Budaoers (Budaörs).[6]

25 Aug 44: had a Kette (3 Ju 52s) with 2 officers and 34 men temporarily at Budapest-Budaörs in Hungary to assist in the removal of mines from the Danube that had been laid in the river during the spring by RAF aircraft operating from Italy.[7]

Sep 44: the Kette in Hungary along with others that may have been operating elsewhere on a temporary basis were recalled to Wesermünde during early September.[8]

5 Feb 45: Wesermünde with a Kdo. (detachment) at Oslo-Fornebu.[9]

7 Apr 45: Staffel ordered to transfer from Wesermünde to Flensburg this date primarily for use in the Heligoland Bight, but also to reinforce the mine-detecting efforts of 5./MSGr. 1 based at Vaerløse in S Denmark if needed.[10]

28 Apr 45: at Flensburg and in Denmark with a single Kdo. of 3 Ju 52s based at Oslo-Fornebu; Staffel surrendered in those locations on 8 May 45.[11]

FpN:(L 49244)


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© H.L. deZeng IV, 2024

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  1. Dierich-VdL; Tessin-Tes; N.Kannapin-FpÜ; H.J.Nowarra- Minensuchgruppe Mausi: Mit der Tante Ju im Kampfeinsatz:et seq; M.Holm-website ww2.dk. [Note: the paucity of information for all of the Minensuchstaffeln, together with fact that they usually operated in small kommandos (detachments), makes it difficult or impossible to identify all of the base locations with dates.]
  2. BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs).
  3. BA-MA Freiburg: Flugzeug-Bereitstellungen (Aircraft Availability Status Reports – FzB) in: M.Holm-website (ww2.dk).
  4. PRO London: DEFE 3 ULTRA signal (number not recorded).
  5. ULTRA signal XL755.
  6. CX/MSS/R. 234 of 4.7.44.
  7. NARA WashDC: RG 242/T-77 roll 1421.
  8. ULTRA signal (number not recorded).
  9. Tessin-op cit; private correspondence between K.Maesel and H.L. deZeng.
  10. ULTRA KO362.
  11. AFHRA Maxwell: decimal 512.625S (British Air Ministry) OKL document; BA-MA Freiburg: Signatur RL 9/35; K.Maesel correspondence-op cit.