(Unit Code Q1+)
Formation. (November 1944)
Formed on or about 22 November 1944 at Gelsenkirchen-Buer/North Rhine-Westphalia (ex-5.(F)/Aufkl.Gr. 123) and equipped with the reconnaissance version of the Messerschmitt Bf 109G fighter.
Germany. (November 1944 - April 1945)
22 November 1944: flew reconnaissance over the Nijmegen bridges in Holland under Stab/(F) 123 (Luftwaffenkdo. West).
24 November 1944: ordered to transfer from Gelsenkirchen-Buer to Twente airfield in Holland.
21 December 1944: transferred from Twente to Niedermendig on approximately this date to fly tactical recce during the Ardennes offensive (Battle of the Bulge).
24 December 1944: flew reconnaissance in the Elsenborn-Malmedy area.
26 December 1944: at Niedermendig with 15(11) Bf 109s. Returned to Twente around mid-January.
22 January 1945: of two Bf 109s dispatched from Twente to fly photo reconnaissance over the Arnhem area, one was shot down by RAF Typhoons near Eibergen.
January 1945: the Staffel reported it flew a total of 31 operational sorties along the Western Front during the month of January.
February 1945: following are a few losses reported during the first half of the month and these help illustrate the Staffel’s activity and casualties.
5 February 1945: Twente under Stab/NAGr. 1.
6 February 1945: Bf 109 G-5 crashed on take-off from Twente, 70%.
6 February 1945: Bf 109 G-14 shot down by a fighter north of Venlo, 100%, pilot MIA.
10 February 1945: Bf 109 G-6 shot down by a fighter over Lochem/Holland, 100%, pilot KIA.
14 February 1945: Bf 109 G-6 failed to return from a recce sortie - no details, 100%,
7 March 1945: transferred from Twente to Breitscheid/38 km north-west of Giessen for operations under Stab (F)/123.
30 March 1945: in transfer from Langenhagen to Goslar with orders to commence reconnaissance in the Kassel area, which it began the next day.
9 April 1945: reported 7(3) Bf 109s on strength.
11 April 1945: transferred to Reinsdorf/13 km south-east of Jüterbog.
22 April 1945: Staffel ordered disbanded by OKL this date.
FpN:3./NAGr. 1 (L 53620).
Oblt. Karl-Heinz Goldberg ( ? - April 1945)
© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress).
(1st Draft 2022)
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