Code: (6W + )
Formation (June 1943)
Ordered formed 29 May 1943 (new) with a planned allowance of 12 Arado Ar 196 floatplanes. Place of formation not known, but possibly in France. The Staffel was probably formed specifically for maritime/coastal reconnaissance along the coast of South France.
France (Aug 1943? - Aug 1944)
31.8.43: (Lfl.3) - Ar 196 (6W+DK) failed to return from a mission -no details, 100%, 2 MIA.
11.9.43: (Lfl.3) - 2 Ar 196s crashed on take-off from Fp.St-Raphael/S France due to engine failure, 80% and 60%.
29.9.43: (Lfl.3) - 2 Ar 196s destroyed in a mid-air collision in the Elba-Corsica area, both 100%, 3 killed and 1 injured.
12/43: Staffel based at Marseilles-Berre seaplane base/S France.
6.12.43: (Lfl.3) - Ar 196A-3 shot down in air battle, 100%, 2 KIA and 1 WIA.
6.12.43: (Lfl.3) - Ar 196 shot up by a fighter S of Cannes, 20%, 2 WIA.
25.7.44: Marseilles-Berre. 
21.8.44: transferred to Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance (Bodensee) in South Germany with 8 Ar 196s following the Allied invasion of South France on 15 August; during the hasty withdrawal, the Staffel was forced to blow up one Ar 196 at Berre and another at Perpignan to prevent them from falling into enemy hands. 
26.8.44: ordered disbanded by OKL this date - all of the Staffel's Ar 196s were to be ferried to Travemünde in N Germany and all personnel were to report to Flieger-Ergänzungsgruppe (See) at Kamp for reassignment.
FpN: 2.(F)/SAGr.128 (L 52008).
(unable to identify with certainty)
ASTHEIMER, Dietrich, Oblt.
BUDDENBERG, Roland, Lt.z.S.
ECKHARDT, Rolf, Oblt.z.S.
GERHARD, (?), Oblt.
SCHALLER, Oskar, Lt.
SCHEPPELMANN, Albert, Lt.z.S.
SCHERPING, Jürgen, Lt.
SCHLEESE, Hermann Otto, Lt.
TRINKS, Werner, Hptm.
© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress, 2022).
(1st Draft 2022)
- Kurowski-Seekrieg:248; Dierich; Tessin; Kannapin; Defieux
- AirMin Sigint
- NARA T-971:8/545; BA-MA RL 40/Kart
- ULTRA; Kurowski: 259