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4.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 13

Code: (4E + )

also as: 4.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 13 (Pz)

Formation and Training. (Jan 39 - Aug 39)

Formed early 1939 at Göppingen (new) with Henschel Hs 126s and Heinkel He 46s.[1]

Polish Campaign. (Sep 1939)

8.39: at Göppingen until receipt of general mobilization orders 25-26 August and then deployed to a field airstrip at Kreutzberg (Kreuzburg?)-South in Silesia with a mixed complement of 12 Hs 126s and He 46s.

9.39: under Koluft AOK 10 and assigned to support 4. Panzer-Division/XVI. Armeekorps (mot) through southwestern Poland toward Radom, Dęblin and then Lublin. Transferred West on conclusion of the campaign.

Campaign West - Attack on France and the Low Countries. (May 40 - 1941)

10.39 – 5.40: Staffel location and activity unknown. One often reliable source places it at Pütz/39 km NE of Aachen from March to the state of the attack on 10 May.

10.5.40: Aachen area under Koluft AOK 6 with Hs 126s for the attack on Belgium and France and assigned to support 4. Panzer-Division/XXVII. Armeekorps along a line of advance Maastricht - Liège - Lille to the beginning of June, and then into southeastern France as far as Grenoble by 23 June.

12.5.40: Hs 126 shot down by a RAF Hurricane over Wavre/SE of Brussels.

25.5.40: Hs 126 shot up over Armentières near Lille in NE France.

7.40 – 10.40: Staffel location and activity unknown.

Balkan Campaign. (Nov 40 - May 41)

4.11.40: 2 Fi 156s belonging to the Staffel damaged in a storm at Fp. Vienna-Schwechat. Staffel believed to be passing through on this date en-route to Romania.

13.11.40: Romania under DLM Romänien (Deutsches Luftwaffe Mission in Romania).

5.4.41: Staffel deployed in the northwestern corner of Romania under Koluft AOK 2 for the attack on Yugoslavia beginning 6 April, and assigned to support XLI. Armeekorps (mot) across the border into the Banat and then south to take Belgrade.

South Russia. (Jun 41 - Jun 42)

22.6.41: under Koluft Panzergruppe 1/Army Group South for the attack on the Soviet Union this date, and assigned to support 14. Panzer-Division/III. Armeekorps (mot) from the Galicia district of southeast Poland across Ukraine to Dnepropetrovsk (September), and then to Rostov and winter defensive positions along the Mius from October 1941 to May 1942.

31.8.41: 2 Hs 126s crash landed at Fp. Broniki/C Ukraine, 35% and 25%.

20.9.41: Hs 126B-l shot up at Dnepropetrovsk, 20%.

20.10.41: Dnepropetrovsk area in support of III Motorized Corps/Panzer Group 1.

28.11.41: Hs 126B-1 force landed near Rostov due to engine failure, 100%.

12.41: possibly at Federovka/28 km N of Melitopol.

5.1.42: Hs 126 crash landed at Fp. Gnadenfeld/63 krn NE of Melitopol, 30%.

14.2.42: Hs 126B-1 crash landed at Oblenskaya, 85%.

1.3.42: Staffel reported 6 x Hs 126 B-1 and 1 x Hs 126 A-1 on strength.

20.4.42: Hs 126 shot up over Rostov, Oblt. Gerhard Kaiser (observer) WIA.

31.5.42: Stalino - Mius front area under Nahaufklärungsgruppe 12.

c.6.42: Staffel withdrawn from operations, transferred to Germany or the occupied West, and began conversion training to the Fw 189 (or the photo reconnaissance Fw 190A-3/U4, according to several accounts?).

7.42: Staffel began receiving Fw 189s.

1.9.42: Staffel reported 9 x Hs 126 B-1, 7 x Fw 189 A-2 and 2 x Fw 189 A-3 on strength.

1.10.42: renamed 2./NAGr.13 in late September or early October 1942. The history of this Staffel between June and October 1942 is very unclear as to where it was, why it had all of the HS 126s and Fw 189s on hand if it was supposedly converting to Fw 190 A-3/U4s, the date it was officially renamed 2./NAGr.13, etc. No answers to these questions have been found.

FpN:4.(H)/13 (L 19257).


Oblt. Schloer (  ? -  ? ) 9/39

Hptm. Herbert Pinnow (1 Jan 40 - 31 Oct 41)

Maj. Hans(?) Berger (  ? -  ? ) 5/40

© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress). (1st Draft 2021)


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