(Unit Code Q1+)
Formation. (November 1944)
Formed on or about 18 November 1944 at Kruft/Rhineland-Palatinate (ex-4.(F)/Aufkl.Gr. 123) and equipped with Messerschmitt Bf 109G single-seat reconnaissance version of this fighter. On formation, assigned to Stab/(F) 123 (Luftwaffenkdo. West).
Germany. (November 1944 - May 1945)
24 November 1944: flew reconnaissance in the Strasbourg area to determine if all of the Rhine bridges there had been blown up.
7 December 1944: still at Kruft, a rarely used emergency landing ground 16 km west of Koblenz.
16 December 1944: Ardennes offensive (Battle of the Bulge) - flew recce support as the
29 December 1944: flew reconnaissance of the Bastogne-Arlon area.
7 January 1945: still at Kruft - reported 13 Bf 109s on strength.
17 January 1945: Kruft.
5 February 1945: now at Limburg/east of Koblenz.
14 February 1945: Bf 109 G-6 struck an obstacle while making an emergency landing east of Köln, 85%, pilot killed.
16 February 1945: 6 Bf 109 G-6s shot down by Allied fighters in the Wittlich-Mayen
area/south-west of Koblenz, all 100%, 1 KIA and 3 MIA. This incident virtually eliminated the Staffel from operations until replacement aircraft could be obtained.
30 March 1945: ordered to transfer to Göttingen to begin flying reconnaissance in the
Kassel area, which the Staffel did beginning the next day.
9 April 1945: reported 9(6) Bf 109s on strength.
11 April 1945: transferred to Markzwuschen/9 km south-west of Jüterbog.
22 April 1945: now at Redlin/33 km east of Ludwigslust in North Germany.
28 April 1945: shown under Stab/NAGr. 1 with Bf 109s.
8 May 1945: surrendered in Schleswig-Holstein.
FpN:2./NAGr. 1 (L 51959).
Oblt. Werner Kohla ( ? - ? ) 12/44, 6 Mar 1945
Hptm. von Seimann ( ? - 8 May 1945)
© 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, Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte (Osnabrück, 1980); N.Kannapin - Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945, 3 Bde (I – III) (Osnabrück, 1980-82); PRO London: DEFE 3 ULTRA signals HP7208, HP7368, HP7621, HP8950, BT714, BT1123, BT1620, BT3086, BT9031, BT9259, KO310, KO1208; BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs); BA-MA Freiburg: Signatur RL 40/Kart; AIR 40 Air Ministry intelligence reports and lists based on ULTRA, “Y” Service intercepts, captured documents and PoW interrogations; AFHRA Maxwell: decimal 512.625S (British Air Ministry) OKL document; Archiv Gruppe 66 magazine, No. 7/vol. 2, p.25; M.Holm-website ww2.dk.
- BA, via Jorn Junker post on TOCH.
- “Hptm. von Seimann” has not been identified in the surviving documents and may actually be Oblt./Hptm. Gustav Siemon, formerly in 3.(F)/Aufkl.Gr. Ob.d.L. and reported MIA in December 1942. Siemon is listed in the 1 August 1944 Lw.-Dienstaltersliste (date of rank roster for officers) so he survived and made it back to German custody.