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4.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 41

Code: (C2 + )

Formation and Training. (Dec 40 - May 41)

Formed or ordered formed second half of December 1940 or beginning of January 1941, possibly in France, using assets taken from 2.(H)/41 and equipped with Henschel Hs 126s.[1]

South Russia. (Jun 41 - c.Jul 42)

22.6.41: southeast Poland (Zamość?) under Koluft AOK 6/Army Group South for the attack on the Soviet Union this date - assigned to support XXXXIV. Armeekorps and later LV. Armeekorps across western and central Ukraine along the line of advance Brody - Zhitomir (12 July) - Uman (3 August) - Kiev (September) - Poltava (October) - Stalino area (November).

6.41 – 9.41: no losses reported by the Staffel.

26.10.41: Hs l26 B-l damaged taxiing at Fp. Poltava. 20%.

23.11.41: Hs l26 B-l damaged taxiing at Fp. Poltava, 30%.

29.11.41: Staffel reassigned from Koluft AOK 6 to Koluft AOK 17 effective this date.

12.41: possibly at Konstantinovka in eastern Ukraine.

24.2.42: Hs 126 (C2+AM) shot down by a fighter near Golinovo. 100%, 2 KIA.

26.2.42: 2 Hs l26s damaged taxiing at Fp. Stalino, both 60%.

1.3.42: Staffel reported 8 x Hs 126 B-1 and 1 x Hs 126 A-1 on strength.

30.4.42: Hs 126 crashed at Fp. Stalino due to engine failure, 100%, 2 injured.

5.42 – 8.42: the disposition of 4.(H)/4l is unclear. One source (Defieux) claims it was disbanded in May 1942 during the total reorganization of the tactical reconnaissance arm that took place in April and May, but the Staffel’s Feldpost number was not deleted until late August or September 1942. There was one further loss charged to 4.(H)/4l: on 1 July 1942 a Fw l89 A-l was shot up by an enemy fighter (15% damage) over Marino in the Luftflotte 4 area, but this appears to be an erroneous entry. Unless new information comes to light, it is likely the Staffel was effectively disbanded during July 1942. On 1 July it still had its fully complement of aircraft (8 x B-1s and 1 x A-1), but by 1 August these had all been turned over to other units or turned in.

FpN:4.(H)/4l (L 43159).


(not identified)

Also see:

BRAUNEGG, Herward (Herwald?), Oblt.

GRAWE, Heinrich, Lt.

HABERLAND, Wilhelm, Hptm.

NOGAI, Wilhelm, Oblt.

© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress). (1st Draft 2022)


  1. J.-P.Défieux - Répertoire des Unités Aériennes de la Luftwaffe 1935-1945: Reconnaissance Aéronavale (Nanterre, privately published, n.d. (c 1988-90?); K.Ries - Luftwaffen Story 1935-1939; 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; AFHRA Maxwell: Karlsruhe Collection KC - Kl13.309-3/v.1; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-3l4 roll 485); 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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