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4.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 32

Code: (V7 + )

Formation and Training. (Apr 40 - May 40)

Formed about April-May 1940 (new) with Henschel Hs 126s. Place of formation is unknown, but probably took place in the Luftflotte 3 area in southern Germany.[1]

West - Air Offensive Against England. (Jun 40 - Mar 41)

6.40: the Staffel is not thought to have been operational in time to take part in the campaign in the West against France and the Low Countries that commenced on 10 May 1940.

13.8.40: in northeast France under I. Fliegerkorps/Luftflotte 2 with 9 x Hs 126s. During August and September, the Staffel was deployed on the Channel coast as an air rescue unit while the Battle of Britain raged over southeastern England.

10.40 – 1.41: whereabouts and activity unknown, but probably remained in France.

Balkan Campaign. (Apr 41 - May 41)

10.2.41: had just arrived at auxiliary airfield Arad/NW Romania from Parndorf/Austria.

6.4.41: Bulgaria under Koluft AOK 12 and assigned to support XI and L Corps for the invasion of Yugoslavia and Greece this date - on this, the opening day of the attack, flew reconnaissance in the Niš-Paračin area of Serbia.

South Russia. (Jun 41 - Mar 42)

22.6.41: southeast Poland under Koluft AOK 17/Army Group South for the attack on the Soviet Union this date and assigned to support LII. Armeekorps/17th Army along a line of advance SE Poland - Brody - Uman Pocket (3 August) - Kiev Pocket (September) and then southeast toward the Donets Basin around Stalino. 10.7.41: operating from a field airstrip at Dusov/W Ukraine.

25.7.41: Hs 126 B-l crash landed at Feldflugplatz (fieldstrip) Huta/W Ukraine.

10.8.41: based at Fp. Zhmerinka/35 krn SW of Vinnitsa.

24.9.41: Hs 126 crash landed at Golovach, 100%.

23.11.41: Staka Hptm. Sell WIA by an enemy fighter near Barvenkova/115 krn NNW of Stalino.

4.1.42: one man from the Staffel’s ground staff KIA by infantry fire at Fp. Lozovaya/57 km NNE of Pavlograd.

20.1.42: Staffel personnel engaged in ground fighting around Fp. Lozovaya while trying to defend the airfield during Soviet ground offensive in the area.

23.1.42: Hs 126 intentionally destroyed at Feldflugplatz Bogdanovka to keep it from falling into enemy hands.

24.1.42: Hs 126 intentionally destroyed at Fp. Lozovaya for the same reason.

3.2.42: Fi 156 damaged taxiing at Fp. Dnepropetrovsk, 30%.

1.3.42: Hs 126 B-l flipped over by strong winds during a snow storm at Fp. Pavlograd, 40%.

3/42: Staffel disbanded.

FpN:4.(H)/32 (L 34355).


Hptm. Wilhelm Sell (  ? -  ? ) 8/40, 11/41

Hptm. Johannes Sieckenius? (  ? -  ? ) 8/40

Also see:

AMENT, Kurt, Oblt.

ARNOLD, Karl, Oblt.

BÖCKING, Kurt, Lt.

FROHNMAYER, Werner, Lt./Oblt.

HOHORST, Rolf, Lt.

KLAUS,  ? , Oblt.

MÜLLER, Heinz, Oblt.

OTTO, Hans-Joachim, Oblt.

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


  1. G.Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945, 16+ Bde., Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte (Osnabrück, 1980); W.Dierich - Die Verbände der Luftwaffe 1935-1945: Gliederungen und Kurzchroniken – Eine Dokumentation; N.Kannapin - Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945; U.Balke - Der Luftkrieg in Europa: Die Operativen Einsätze des Kampfgeschwader 2 im Zweiten Weltkrieg, Teil I, p.409; C.Shores et al - Air War For Yugoslavia, Greece, and Crete 1940-41, p.180; AFHRA Maxwell decimal Karlsruhe Collection KC-Kl13.309-3/ v.1; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-501 roll 59/701); PRO London: AIR 40/1982; BNA HW 5/8; BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs); BA-MA Freiburg: Flugzeug-Bereitstellungen (Aircraft Availability Status Reports – FzB) in: M.Holm-website (ww2.dk).

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