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5.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 14

Code: (5F + )

also as: 5.(H)/14 (Pz)

Formation. (Aug – Sep 1940)

Formed August/September 1940, possibly at one of the several airfields in the Brussels area, using cadre and other assets taken from 3.(H)/14 and equipped with Henschel Hs 126s. Some sources suggest Köttingbrunn and Bad Vöslau in Austria as the possible locations for formation but this seems unlikely.[1]

West. (Sep 40 - May 41)

9.40 – 5.41: little mention of the Staffel has been found in the surviving documents covering this period, but apparently it remained in the West for training and workup to May or early June 1941 when it moved east for assignment to 16. Panzer-Division. It did not accompany the Division to the Balkans in early 1941 nor did it take part in the Balkan campaign.

26.9.40: Do 17P force landed at Bad Liebenwerda/c.120 km S of Berlin. This twin-engined bomber was probably being used to transport Staffel personnel during the onset of its formation.

7.10.40: Hs 126 B-1 (C2+LK) damaged landing at Fp. Vron/20 km SSE of Le Touquet near the Channel coast in NE France. This aircraft still carried the markings of Aufkl.Gr.41, to whom it might have originally belonged.

South Russia. (Jun 41 - Jan 42)

22.6.41: Staffel deployed along the Bug River north of Lvov in the Galicia district of SE Poland under Koluft Panzergruppe l/Army Group South for the attack on the Soviet Union this date, and assigned to support 16th Panzer Division along a line of march across the Bug to Dubno - Starokonstantinov (7-8 July) - Uman pocket (1 August) - advance to the Dnieper (August) - across the Dnieper at Kremenchug (10 September) - Lubny (13 September) - encirclement of Kiev (18-26 September) - Zaporozhe (1 October) - Taganrog (12-17 October) - Mius River (28 October).

27.6.41: Hs 126 shot up by ground fire - no details, Staka Hptm. Pettenpaul WIA.

24.7.41: Hs 126B damaged taxiing at Fp. Brusilov/70 km WSW of Kiev, 45%.

9.8.41: Hs 126 B-1 shot down by a fighter near Mogilev, 100%, 2 WIA. This entry in the Loss Reports is believed to be an error and should have been changed to another Staffel, as Mogilev was many hundreds of kilometers north of 5.(H)/14’s operating area.

3.9.41: Hs 126 (5F+EN) shot down by a fighter over Dnepropetrovsk, 100%, Oblt. Hans Tiemann KIA.

17.10.41: Fw 189 shot up at Fp. Nikolayev, 100%, crew WIA. This is believed to be another erroneous entry and should have been charged to another Staffel.

10.41 – 12.41: No further information on 5.(H)/14 has been found. It is doubtful it operated at full capacity during November and December due to the arrival of winter and poor flying conditions.

1.42: Staffel disbanded, probably in Germany.

FpN:5.(H)/14 (L 47729)


Hptm. Gustav-Wilhelm Pettenpaul (c.Sep 40 - Jun 41)

Also see:

KRAMER, Karl-Heinz, Lt.d.R.

MICHAEL, Rolf, Lt.

PEECK, Joachim, Hptm.

PLIETH, Heinz, Lt./Oblt.

ROSSUM, Ernst von, Hptm.

TIEMANN, Hans, Oblt.

WÖRNER, Gerhard, Lt.

© 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; AFHRA Maxwell decimal Karlsruhe Collection KC-Kl13.309-3/ v.1; 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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