Code: (H8 + )
also as: 4.(H)/33 (from May 1942)
Nahaufklärungsstaffe1 4./33 (from February 1944)
Formation and Training. (Dec 40 - May 41)
Formed or ordered formed second half of December 1940 or first half of January 1941 (new) in the West, probably in southern Germany under Luftflotte 3, and equipped with Messerschmitt Bf 110s.
North Russia. (May 41 - Mar 44)
2.5.41: Bf 110 crashed at Riegelstein near Nürnberg during a training flight, 100%, Staka Oblt. Greven + 1 killed.
22.6.41: East Prussia directly under Koluft Panzergruppe 4/Army Group North for the attack on the Soviet Union this date - followed a line of march from East Prussia across Lithuania and then via Daugavpils (Dünaburg)/Latvia - Ostrov (4 July) - Pskov (14 July) - Luga Line (14 July - 8 August) and then on to the outskirts of Leningrad (8 September).
30.7.41: Bf 110C damaged taxiing at Fp. Pskov, 80%.
21.8.41: Bf 110 E-3 shot up by AA-fire and crashed in the Pskov-Luga area, 100%, 2 KIA and 1 WIA.
9.41 – 5.42: location and activity of the Staffe1 unknown. Presumably, it was withdrawn from operations in late October or November and sent back to Germany to rest, refit and train.
1.3.42: Staffel in Germany and now at full strength with 5 x Bf 110 C-5 and 5 x Bf 110 E-3.
5.42: returned to the Leningrad Front with station probably at Siverskaya and elements detached at Lyuban.
10.6.42: Bf 110 E-3 shot up by AA-fire near Lyuban, 30%, 2 WIA.
1.7.42: Bf 110 C-4 (GI+FM) failed to return (FTR) from a recce mission over Ma1-Vishera/SE of Leningrad, 100%, 3 KIA.
16.7.42: Bf 110 E-3 shot up by AA-fire and crashed at Kolgovo, 100%, 3 KIA.
31.8.42: air crew member injured when struck by a propeller at Fp. Lyuban.
9.9.42: based at either Siverskaya or Lyuban under Nahaufklärungsgruppe 13.
10.42: transferred to Jesau/East Prussia to re-equip in October or November, returning to the Leningrad front at the beginning of January 1943.
6.1.43: Bf 110 F-3 (H8+FM) FTR from a recce mission over the Lake Ladoga area, 100%, Hptm. Wilfried Reuning + 2 MIA.
24.1.43: Bf 110 E-3 (H8+BM) shot down by a fighter SE of Schlüsselburg near Leningrad, 100%, Oblt. Gustav Schmidt (pilot) + 2 MIA.
24.1.43: Bf 110 E-3 shot up by AA-fire and fighters and force landed at Fp. Gatchina, 20%, Staka Hptm. Pfisterer (pilot) WIA.
26.1.43: based at Siverskaya and now under NAGr. 8.
11.2.43: Bf 110 F-3 shot up by AA-fire near Ko1pino, 30%.
18.2.43: Bf 110 C-5 (H8+IM) shot down by ground fire near Tortolovo, 100%, Oblt. Dr. Hans Eck + 2 MIA.
1.3.43: Staffel reported 4 x Bf 110 E-3, 1 x Bf 110 F-3 and 2 x Bf 110 G-3 on strength.
5.3.43: Bf 110 G-3 shot up by AA-fire and crashed south of Krasnogvardeisk, 100%, Staka Hptm. Pfisterer + 2 KIA.
14.3.43: Bf 110 E-3 shot down by a fighter near Fedorovskoye, 100%, 1 KIA.
19.3.43: Bf 110 G-3 crash landed at Fp. Siverskaya in poor visibility, 20%.
19.4.43: Bf 110 G-2 damaged by bombs during enemy air raid on Fp. Gatchina, 10%.
10.5.43: Bf 110 E-3 crash landed at Fp. Zhary/45 km S of Sch1isse1burg near Leningrad, 30%.
14.5.43: Bf 110 F-3 crash landed at Fp. Siverskaya, 40%.
9.6.43: Bf 110 G-3 damaged by bombs during air raid on Fp. Siverskaya, 10%.
6.43 – 1.44: Staffel losses and crashes are all listed under NAGr. 8 (see there). They are not listed here because there is a certain degree of uncertainty.
26.10.43: at Siverskaya under NAGr. 8.
26.12.43: Siverskaya under NAGr. 8.
1.44: Staffel flying reconnaissance along the Leningrad front in support of 18th Army.
25.1.44: transferred with NAGr. 8 from Siverskaya to Gostkino as Soviet forces broke through the ring around Leningrad and began driving German forces toward Pskov.
29.2.44: at Rakvere (Wesenberg)/Estonia attached to NAGr. 5.
1.3.44: in its final strength return, Staffel reported 6 x Bf 110 G-3 on hand.
3.44: transferred to Bayreuth/Germany for conversion to the Bf 109G and renamed 3./NAGr. 14 on or about 1 May 1944 (Feldpost directory change entered 11 May 1944).
FpN:4.(F)/33 (L 42219).
Oblt. Gert Greven ( ? - May 41)
Hptm. Emil Pfisterer (Jan 43 - 5 Mar 43) KIA
BRAUNECKER, Siegfried, Lt./Oblt.
DISTELBARTH, Hagen, Oblt.
ECK, Dr. Hans, Oblt.
GABLER, Alfons, Lt.
LADENBERGER, Friedrich, Oblt.
LÖSCHNER, Gottfried, Lt.
MARTENS (MERTENS?), Rudolf, Lt.
REUNING, Wilfried, Hptm.
SCHMIDT, Gustav (Günther?), Oblt.
STÄHLE, Roland, Oblt.
© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress). (1st Draft 2021)
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