(Unit Code J2+)
Formation. (July 1944)
Formed on or about 1 July 1944 at Straubing/Bavaria (ex-Nahaufkl.St. 5./41) and equipped with Messerschmitt Bf 109Gs outfitted for the reconnaissance role. Some unconfirmed sources give 1 June 1944 as the date of formation at Straubing.
Germany. (July 1944 - May 1945)
July – October 1944: training and work-up at Straubing but had no aircraft until October when a single Bf 109 G-8 was received.
November – December 1944: not located but probably at Bayreuth-Bindlach - the Staffel was still equipping and training.
31 December 1944: 2./NAGr. 3 reported 2 Bf 109 G-8/U2, 1 Bf 109 G-8/R5 and 8 Bf 109 G-6/U2 and R2 on strength. To this date, the Staffel had lost 8 Bf 109s in crashes and accidents.
9 January 1945: according to the KTB (war journal) of the General der Aufklärungsflieger, the Staffel was in the final stages of equipping and work-up at Bayreuth-Bindlach and on completion was to be sent to Rastenburg/East Prussia for assignment to 4. Fliegerdivision.
23 January 1945: transferred from Bayreuth-Bindlach to Schneidemühl (Pila) in Pomerania/88 km north of Posen (Poznan). The Staffel was not there for long - if at all - as that area was overrun by Soviet armor a few days later. There are strong indications (photographic evidence) that the Staffel operated from Eichwalde and Tapiau between 23 and 27 January.
2 February 1945: Bf 109 G-6 crashed at Jüterbog, 80%, pilot injured.
10 February 1945: Staffel now at Fürstenwalde airfield/30 km west of Frankfurt/Oder and eventually under NAGr. 8; remained there into the first half of April.
25 February 1945: Bf 109 G-14 shot down by AA fire over the Görlitz area, 100%, pilot MIA.
3 March 1945: Bf 109 G-8 crashed at Fürstenwalde, 100%, pilot killed.
11 March 1945: Bf 109 G-14 shot up and crash landed at Fürstenwalde, 100%, pilot WIA.
16 March 1945: Bf 109 G-8 shot up and force landed at Mühlrose, 20%.
18 March 1945: Bf 109 G-14 shot up and force landed near Dahmsdorf, pilot injured.
18 March 1945: Bf 109 G-14 failed to return from a sortie over the Frankfurt/O. area, 100%, pilot MIA.
25 March 1945: Bf 109 G-10 crash landed at Fürstenwalde, 30%.
28 April 1945: listed as still operational under NAGr. 8. Possibly at Hohn/Schleswig-Holstein with Stab/NAGr. 8.
May 1945: surrendered 8 May in Schleswig-Holstein, and located at Leek on 21 May.
FpN:2./NAGr. 3 (L 44029).
Hptm. Heinrich-Peter Gehrken ( ? - March 1945?)
Hptm. Heinz Rehdantz ( ? - 8 May 1945?)
© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress). (1st Draft 2022)
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