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6.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 21

Code: (P2 + )

Formation and Training. (Dec 40 - May 41)

Formed around December 1940, probably in North France, Belgium, Holland or Stargard, using aircraft and cadre personnel taken from 2.(H)/21. Ostensibly equipped with Henschel Hs 126s, surviving documents all show the Staffel with Fiesler Fi 156s in lieu of the former.[1]

South Russia. (Jun 41 - c.Mar 42) Ready for operations by late spring 1941, 6.(H)/21 was transferred to South Poland and assigned to Koluft AOK 6/Army Group South for the 22 June attack on the Soviet Union. In direct support of XVII. Armeekorps, the advance into western Ukraine carried the Staffel forward along the line Kovel-Kiev-Kharkov, transferring to the latter in early November. On 29 November it was reassigned to support LV. Armeekorps/6th Army at Kharkov, and it remained there through the winter under Koluft AOK 6. Although engaged in continuous operations from 22 June 1941 to late winter 1942, 6.(H)/21 reported the loss of no aircraft or personnel in combat. However, on 17 September one crew member was hit by fire from a Russian fighter near Kiev, two Fi 156s were moderately damaged in a mine explosion at Kharkov airfield on 10 November and another Fi 156 was moderately damaged in a taxiing accident at Kharkov on 13 December 1941. By April 1942 the Staffel had been disbanded, probably at Kharkov, and its personnel incorporated into Stabskompanie/Nahaufklärungsgruppe 10.

FpN:6.(H)/21 (L 45963).


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Also see:

BACKHAUS, Gerhard, Oblt.

NEINZE, Gerhard, Lt.


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


  1. W.Dierich - Die Verbände der Luftwaffe 1935-1945: Gliederungen und Kurzchroniken – Eine Dokumentation; N.Kannapin - Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945; BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs); NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-312 roll 1156/960); (T-314 roll 485).

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