2. Seenotstaffel

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2. Seenotstaffel

(Unit Code: N7+ - assigned Mar 44?)


as: Seenotflugkommando 2 (1939 - Jun 41)
2. Staffel/Seenotgruppe d.Lw. (Jun 41 - May 42)
2. Seenotstaffel (Jun 42 - 19 Aug 44)



Formation. (Aug 39?)

Formed 26 August 1939 at Pillau/40 km WSW of Königsberg in East Prussia (this is from a single secondary source, appears to be plausible, but needs corroboration). Equipped with He 59s. Under Seenotzentrale (L) Ost until June 1940.[1]


North Germany, France and Holland. (Sep 39 - Aug 44)

15 May 40: He 59 found damaged at Sandnessjøen/N Norway and the crew missing, 10%-60%, 4 MIA. This He 59 had been attempting the rescue of a crew from III./KG 26 that had attacked shipping at Narvik. The British captured the He 59 crew and sent them to Britain.[2]

Jun 40: reassigned to Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg (Normandie) at the end of June and presumably transferred to Cherbourg at that time or in early July.[3]

1 Aug 40: He 59 ditched in the Channel (cause not reported), 100%.

6 Aug 40: Cherbourg under Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg (Normandie).[4]

8 Aug 40: He 59 shot down by an RAF Hurricane over mid-Channel, 100%, 2 MIA.

11 Aug 40: He 59 shot down by a Spitfire off Calais, 100%, crew safe; in a separate incident the same date, a He 59 was shot down by two RAF Blenheims off the French coast, 100%, crew safe.

19 Aug 40: He 59 crashed at Bergen/Norway, 100%, 3 KIA and 1 WIA.

26 Aug 40: He 59 shot down by 5 Spitfires south of St. Catherines Point, 100%, 2 KIA and 2 MIA.

16 Sep 40: He 59 crashed while taking off from Boulogne, 100%, 1 KIA and 4 WIA.

8 Oct 40: 2 He 59s shot down by Blenheims off Cherbourg, both 100%, 8 MIA.

Dec 40: Staffel reported having 4 He 59s at Cherbourg and 2 more at Le Havre.[5]

28 Apr 41: Staffel reported 5 x He 59s, 2 x Do 18s and 6 crews on strength.[6]

5 May 41: He 60 attacked by enemy aircraft at the mouth of the Seine, 100%, Oblt. Hans Hilbig WIA and 1 KIA.

13 Feb 42: He 59 shot down by a fighter near Boulogne, 100%, crew of 4 all KIA.

Jun 42: reassigned to Seenotbereichskdo. II (ex-Seenotzentrale (L) Normandie) at Cherbourg.

18 Aug 42: 2 He 59s attacked by fighters - one shot down into the sea and the other 10% damaged, 2 KIA.

Nov 42: Staffel divided between Cherbourg and Amsterdam-Schillingwoude in November so 3. Seenotstaffel at Schillingwoude would be free for transfer to South France. The Kdo. (detachment) set up at Schillingwoude was initially equipped with He 60s. From 1943 on, the Staffel was increasingly centered at Schillingwoude under the control of Seenotbereichskdo. IV (ex-Seenotzentrale (L) Holland).[7]

10 Jan 43: Do 18G crashed while taking off from Cherbourg, 100%, 1 WIA.

21 May 43: Do 24 T-3 crashed near Amsterdam-Schillingwoude, 100%, 1 WIA.

8 Oct 43: Do 24 (DJ+ZX) failed to return from a mission, 100%, Staffelkapitän Oblt. Harald Mehlhorn + 5 all MIA.

16 Apr 44: transferred from Amsterdam-Schillingwoude to Kiel-Holtenau.[8]

19 Aug 44: at Großenbrode in Schleswig-Holstein - renamed Seenotstaffel 81 of Seenotgruppe 81 d.Lw.



FpN:(L 11334)



Staffelkapitän:

Oblt./Hptm. Franz Schriek (c. 1940 - c. 1941)

Oblt. Harald Mehlhorn (1941? - 8 Oct 43) MIA



© H.L. deZeng IV, 2024


Additional Notes and Losses

All notes sourced from RL10/402 12.8.40-15.1240 unless otherwise stated.

12.8.40 – Unit transferring from List to Cherbourg, with the following aircraft:- PI+NY, PI+NO and BH+VL. Departed List at 15.50 hrs, arrived Amsterdam at 19.25 hrs for an overnight stop.

13.8.40 – 08.00 hrs – departed Amsterdam. 12.00 hrs arrived in Cherbourg.

14.8.40 – Unit not on call this day as it was setting up in its new quarters.

15.8.40 - The remaining personnel arrived with TW+HH and TW+HE crewed by Lt.z.S.Stelzner and Dinsing and Lt. Eger. The unit continued setting up the storerooms, hangars and accommodation.

16.8.40 – TW+HH and TW++HE were on standby with the crews of Lt.z.S.Stelzner and Dinsing. No operations.

17.8.40 – as 16.8.40.

18.8.40 - TW+HH and TW++HE were on standby.16.30 hrs a crash was reported. TW+HH departed. A crew member had landed in Qu. 2022 and was rescued by the crew of Lt.z.S.Stelzner. 3 km further on a second fighter had ditched and its pilot was also rescued.

19.8.40 – The unit was not required to provide aircraft on standby.

20.8.40 – Standby, no incidents reported.

21.8.40 – TW+HH and TW+HE at readiness (Crews of - Lt. z. S. Stelzner and Dinsing). No incidents reported.

22.8.40 – No standby service this day.

23.8.40 – 08.00 hrs on orders from Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg : DA+WT (Lt. z. S. Lindemann crew) at emergency readiness; DD+BC (Lt.z.See Bellof crew) at 20 minutes readiness. At 15.30 hrs this was switched around on instructions from Seenotzentrale.

24.8.40 – 17.30 hrs – all aircraft and crews were on standby. At 19.52 hrs an incident was reported and DD+BC (Lt.z.S. Bellof crew ) took off. At 20.00 hrs TW+HE also took off (Lt. z. S. Dinsing crew). Both aircraft landed after 21.00 hrs without any success.

25.8.40 – 08.00 hrs DD+BC (Lt. z.S. Bellof crew) on emergency readiness. TW+HH (Lt.z.S. Selzner crew) at 20 minutes readiness.

16.30 hrs - Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg ordered aircraft to the standby line. DD+BC (18.20 hrs, Lt.z.S. Bellof); TW+HH (18.31 hrs, Lt.z.S. Stelzner) and TW+HE (19.36 hrs, Lt.z.S. Dinsing). Aircraft landed between 21.17 and 21.22 hrs. The operation was unsuccessful.

26.8.40 - At 08.00 hrs Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg instructed that all aircraft were to be on standby.

16.00 hrs Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg requested that all aircraft be ready to take off from 17.30 hrs.

19.18 hrs – DD+BC (Lt.z.S. Bellof crew) took off in response to an emergency call to search for DA+WU. DD+BC landed at 21.35 hrs. having not located DA+WU.

27.8.40 – At 06.00 hrs orders were received from Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg for two aircraft to take off and resume the search for DA+WU (Lt.z.S. Mietling and crew).

At 06.53 hrs TW+ME (Lt.z.S. Dinsing) and TW+HH (Lt.z.S. Stelzner) took off. Both aircraft searched from Le Havre to Qu. 1021 for the overdue aircraft.

At 08.00 hrs DD+DC (Lt.z.S. Bellof) was placed on immediate readiness.

At 11.25/11.26 hrs TW+HE and TW+HH landed.

14.10 hrs an aircraft crashed in Qa. 2014-2017. At 1420 hrs TW+HE (Lt.z.S. Dinsing) took off.

TW+HH and DD+BC departed after 15.00 hrs for a further search for DA+WU.

At 15.37 hrs TW+HE landed without result. At 16.59 hrs TW+HH and DD+BC also landed without success.

29.8.40 – At 06.30 hrs all aircraft were to be at immediate readiness.

07.55 hrs TW+HE (Lt.z.S. Dinsing) took off. This was followed by DD+BC (Lt.z.S. Bellof) at 08.30 hrs. These crews were to search for a He 111 from Touville in Qa. 1173 and 1181. Just before 11.00 hrs both aircraft landed having found nothing.

At 11.08 hrs Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg advised of a sighting in Qu. 3025, DA+MG (Lt.z.S. Kemper) took off for Qu. 3025. At 13.07 hrs the aircraft returned having not found anything.

15.00 hrs – all aircraft were moved to immediate readiness. This was cancelled at 21.15 hrs.

30.8.40 – No incidents.

31.8.40 – At 08.00 hrs the following aircraft and crews were placed at varying degrees of readiness:-


Aircraft Crew Status
DD+BC Lt. z. S. Bellof Immediate
DA+WT Lt. z. S. Lindemann 20 Minutes
DA+MG Lt. z. S. Kemper Quarters 1
TW+HH Lt. z. S. Stelzner Quarters 2
TW+HE Lt. z. S. Dinsing Quarters 3

At 12.45 hrs Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg advised that a Hs 126 had just crashed in Qa. 2049 and the crew had taken refuge on one of the islands there. Another Hs 126 was circling the crash site.

At 12.50 hrs DA+WT took off. At 15.54 hrs DD+BC took off to follow DA+WT which had not reported in. Nine minutes later DA+WT landed. The aircraft had found the crew in Qa. 2049, namely Lts. Lüder and Foigele. both were uninjured. A short while later DD+BC landed.

At 18.05 hrs a ditching was reported to have occurred in the area Pl. Qu. 2033-2019. Between 18.09 and 19.28 hrs DD+BC; DA+WT and TW+HH took off. The aircraft had all landed by 20.14 hrs having searched without success. At 21.30 hrs Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg cancelled the requirement for crews to be held on standby.

September 1940


1.9.40 – All aircraft were on standby but there were no incidents reported.


2.9.40 – 08.00 hrs: DA+WT and DA+MG were put on immediate readiness.

In the morning TW+HH (Lt. z. See Stelzner) was flown to Norderney for an overhaul. DW+WT (Ltn.z.See. Lindemann) was flown to Boulogne.

At 13.17 hrs DD+BC (Lt.z.See Eger) departed for Le Havre, returning at 21.00 hrs.

At 21.15 hrs aircraft and crews were stood down from immediate readiness.


4.9.40 – On this day 2./106 was placed on standby as Seenotflügkommando 2 was changing Beobachter (observer) flight crew personnel.

5.9.40 - At 08.00 hrs the following aircraft and crews were placed at varying degrees of readiness:-

Aircraft Crew Status
TW+HB Immediate
TW+HE Lt. Spalteholz 20 Minutes
DD+BC Obfw. Jäger Quarters 1
DA+MG Obfw. Eckenfels Quarters 2

However, Lt. Mehlhorn took off in DA+MG at 09.45 for Jersey. Later that morning PY+NK (Uffz. Heefchen) took off for Norderney with the following passengers for transfer to Germany. (Note: names of passengers omitted.)

DA+MG returned from Jersey at 15.00 hrs.

As usual later that evening Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg cancelled the requirement for crews to be held on standby.

6.9.40 - At 08.45 hrs the following aircraft and crews were placed at varying degrees of readiness:-

Aircraft Crew Status
DD+BC Obfw. Jäger Immediate
DA+MG Lt. Mehlhorn 20 Minutes
TW+HB Obfw. Knappe Quarters 1
TW+HE Lt. Spalteholz Quarters 2

On orders from Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg all machines were to be on standby from 11.00 hrs. Shortly after there was an alert as a barge was adrift off Cap de la Hague. DD+BC took off for Cap de la Hague, it returned at 13.03 hrs without success. Later that day Seenotzentrale requested a further search as the barge had been sighted.

7.9.40 – 08.00 hrs – All crews and aircraft were placed on standby. This was cancelled at 20.30 hrs.

10.9.40 – 08.00 hrs normal standby; then at 11.00 hrs all aircraft and crews were placed on immediate standby. This was cancelled more than 2 hrs later.

At 14.20 hrs it was reported that a twin-engined aircraft had come down in Qa. 20413. TW+HB took off for the crash site. The flight was not successful.

12.9.40 - At 08.00 hrs the following aircraft and crews were placed at varying degrees of readiness:-


Aircraft Crew Status
TW+HE Lt. Spalteholz Immediate
DD+BC Obfw. Jäger 20 Minutes
DA+MG Lt. Mehlhorn Quarters 1
TW+HB Obfw. Knappe Quarters 2

There were no incidents that day and the crews were stood down at 20.45 hrs.

14.9.40 - At 08.00 hrs the following aircraft and crews were placed at varying degrees of readiness:-

Aircraft Crew Status
DD+BC Obfw. Jäger Immediate
DA+MG Lt. Mehlhorn 20 Minutes
TW+HB Obfw. Knappe Quarters 1
TW+HE Lt. Spalteholz Quarters 2

Late morning – DA+MG operated a courier flight to Brest.

Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg requested that DD+BC be sent out to search for a He 111 possibly lost at sea. DD+BC returned in the late afternoon without having found the missing aircraft.

15.9.40 – All aircraft on standby, later that morning all aircraft were placed on immediate standby.

Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg requested the despatch of a He 59 as a Ju 88 was reported to have been damaged following combat. The aircraft was flying on one engine with a wounded crew member. TW+HE was sent out at midday but returned 3 hours later without success.

DA+MJ arrived transferring from Brest.

16.9.40 - At 08.00 hrs the following aircraft and crews were placed at varying degrees of readiness:-

Aircraft Crew Status
TW+HB Obfw. Knappe Immediate
TW+HE Lt. Spalteholz 20 Minutes
DD+BC Obfw. Jäger Quarters 1
DA+MG Lt. Mehlhorn Quarters 2

At 08.45 hrs DA+MG (W. Nr. 529, Lt. Melhorn) deported on a courier flight to Bolougne. Unfortunately it hit the Quay and was completely destroyed. One member of the crew, Ogf. Apelt, was killed while the rest were uninjured.

Crews were stood down from standby at 20.15 hrs.

18.9.40 - At 08.00 hrs the following aircraft and crews were placed on various states of readiness: TW+HE, DA+MJ; DD+BC and TW+HB.

11.30 hrs - Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg requested a search of Pl.Qa. 3017, 3014, 4029 and 2028 for an inflatable containing 3-4 personnel. DA+MJ (Lt.z.S. Schulz) was sent out. This aircraft landed at 14.10hrs.

12.25 hrs Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg requested another search from Cape de la Hague to Qa. 4024 - 4041 - Cape de la Hague, to look for a dinghy or drifting people. DD+BC (Obfw. Jäger) was sent out in response to this request. DD+BC landed at 15.05 hrs without having sighted anything.

14.12-14.16 hrs TV+HY was taken up for a test flight. A further30 minute flight took place a little later.

15.00 hrs Do 24 (KG+AD) arrived with the following Beobachers Lt.z.S. Dinsning, Ewald and Bellof.

19.9.40 – 14.00 hrs Do 24 (KG+AD, Lt Barbinger)) departed for Norderney taking with it Lt. Spalteholz, Ofw. Knappe, Ofw. Jäger and Fw Wessel.

14.32 hrs TW+HB up for a radio test.

20.9.40 - At 08.00 hrs, following orders from Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg, the following aircraft and crews were placed on various states of readiness: DA+MJ; DD+BC; TW+HB and TW+HE.

11.25 report from Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg indicated that a Bf 110 may have crashed. A crew was requested to depart for Qa. 20422 and 1152, they were to look for a dinghy. This was covered by DA+MJ which later landed at 15.10 hrs without success.

Between 12.15 and 16.00 hrs 2./106 was to also be on standby.

At 16.45 DD+BC (Ltz .z. S. Bellof) took off following a request from Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg to investigate a boat firing red flares 20-25 km NNW of Cherbourg. This aircraft landed at 18.15 hrs.

16.48 hrs TW+HB (Lt. z.S.Ewald) took off for the same area as DD+BC, landing back at base at 17.45 hrs without success.

17.15 hrs a further incident was reported by Seenotzentrale (L) Cherbourg – 5 km from Ohrville (5 km west of Kerkeville). This was a rubber dinghy drifting westwards and firing off flares. TW+HE was sent out to investigate this. A recall order for both T+HE and DD+BC was transmitted at 17.48 hrs. (see comment DD+BC above). TW+HE landed at 18.18 hrs.

22.9.40 - At 08.00 hrs the following aircraft and crews were placed at varying degrees of readiness:-

Aircraft Crew Status
DD+BC Lt.z.S. Bellof Immediate
TW+HB Lt.z.S. Ewald 20 Minutes
TW+HE Lt.z.S. Dinsing Quarters 1
DA+MJ Lt.z.S. Schulz Quarters 2


Known Personnel

Lt. z. S. Siegfried Stelzner

Lt. z. S. Kurt Ewald

Lt. Z. S. (Ernst?) Rupp

Lt. z. S. Schulz

Lt. z. S. Ernst Dinsing

Lt. z. S. (Rudolf?) Bellof

Lt. z. S. (Karl-Heinz?) Kemper

Lt. z. S. (Hans-Detlef?) Lindemann

References

  1. Dierich-VdL:283-97; N.Kannapin-Feldpostübersicht; M.Holm-website ww2.dk.
  2. BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs); C.Shores et al-Fledgling Eagles:320.
  3. M.Holm-op cit.
  4. NARA WashDC: RG 242/T-321 roll 39 document.
  5. AFHRA Maxwell: decimal K113 Karlsruhe Collection, unpublished manuscript “Geschichte d. Seenotdienst 1939-45”.
  6. F.Kurowski-Seekrieg aus der Luft: Die deutsche Seeluftwaffe im Zweiten Weltkrieg:92.
  7. Karlsruhe Collection manuscript-op cit; Jet & Prop magazine, Heft (issue) 2/1992.
  8. F.Kurowski-op cit:256.

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