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7.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 13

Code: (4E + )

also as: 7.(H)/13 (Pz)

Formation and Training. (Jan 31 - May 41)

Formed about January 1941 in the West, probably in France, using assets taken from 2.(H)/13 and equipped with Hs 126s. One source states that it was formed at Göppingen, but this appears doubtful without corroboration. The order directing the Staffel’s formation may have been issued in December 1940. On 8 March 1941, a Hs 126 belonging to the Staffel force landed near the city of Luxembourg in Luxembourg and was rated 40% damaged. This undoubtedly occurred during a training flight.[1]

Central Russia. (Jun 41 - Apr 43)

22.6.41: Suwalki-Białystok area in northeast Poland under Koluft Panzergruppe 3/Army Group Center for the attack on the Soviet Union this date, and assigned to support LVII. Armeekorps (mot) along a line of advance from northeast Poland to Vilnius/Lithuania - Polotsk - Vitebsk - Smolensk (16 July) - Vyazma (October) - Yukhnov (October) - Kaluga area/SW of Moscow (November/December) - Yukhnov.

6.9.41: Bücker Bü 131 crash landed near Velikiye Luki, 20%.

29.10.41: Hs 126 B-1 force landed at Fp. Yukhnov, 70%.

25.12.41: Hs 126 damaged taxiing at Fp. Yukhnov, 35%.

24.1.42: assigned to Stab/Aufklärungsgruppe (H) Süd at Roslavl this date.

1.2.42: Hs 126 flipped over in bad weather at Fp. Roslavl-East, 10%.

22.2.42: still at Roslavl-East.

1.3.42: Staffel reported 1 x Hs 126 A-1 and 4 x Hs 126 B-1 on strength.

3.42 – 5.42: no mention of the Staffel in the surviving documents for this period, and believed to have either been on rest and refit stand down at Roslavl, transferred to Smolensk or returned to Germany.

19.4.42: assigned to NAGr. 6 effective this date.

30.5.42: operating from Naumovo airstrip/140 km east-south-east of Smolensk.

20.6.42: Staffel reported 10(7) Hs 126s on strength.

24.6.42: Hs 126 rammed by a taxiing plane at Fp. Smolensk, 30%.

22.10.42: probably transferred from Roslavl-East to Shatalovka with NAGr. 6 this date.

19.1.43: Shatalovka under NAGr. 6 in support of 4. Armee.

29.1.43: NAGr. 6 reassigned from Lw.Kdo.Ost to Lw.Kdo. Don this date and transferred from Shatalovka to Chuguyev/37 km SE of Kharkov, and it appears that this move included 7.(H)/13.

1.3.43: Staffel reported 10 x Hs 126 B-1 and 1 x Hs 126 A-1 on strength.

5.3.43: Hs 126 crashed near Poltava due to engine failure, 30%. When the Russians retook Kharkov on 16 February 1943, most of the Luftwaffe air units based there withdrew to Poltava.

1.4.43: Staffel now at Elbing/East Prussia converting to the Bf 110 and renamed 3./NAGr. 12 on or about this date.

FpN:7.(H)/13 (L 46661)


DRESSLER, Helmut von, Hptm. (08.01.41 - 05.42)

LEUPOLD, Adolf, Hptm. (? -  ?) c. 1942-43

Also see:


DRÄGER, Edgar, Oblt.

GEHRING, Oskar, Oblt.

GÖBEL, Gerhard, Oblt.

HADLER, Wilhelm, Lt.

HAEHNKE, Hans-Otto, Oblt.

HAISCH, Werner, Oblt.

HAUDE, Günther, Oblt.

HILDEBRAND. Erich, Oblt.

KECK, Georg, Lt.

PÖRSCH, Walter, Oblt.

TROCH, Gerhard, Lt.

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

Additional Notes and Losses

26.8.42: At Naumowo under NAGr. 6, AOK 4.[2]


  1. W.Dierich - Die Verbände der Luftwaffe 1935-1945: Gliederungen und Kurzchroniken – Eine Dokumentation; G.Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945, 16+ Bde., Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte (Osnabrück, 1980); N.Kannapin - Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-312 roll 205/032; roll 568 frames 314-19 “Genst.d.Heeres/Org.Abt.(II) Nr.1483/42g.Kdos., 19.4.1942” order setting up the Nahaufklärungsgruppen; roll 1156/1020); (T-501 roll 73); AFHRA Maxwell decimal Karlsruhe Collection KC-Kl13.309-3/ v.1; PRO London: AIR 40 Air Ministry intelligence reports and lists based on ULTRA, “Y” Service intercepts, captured documents and PoW interrogations; BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs); TSAMO Podolsk documents; BA-MA Freiburg: Flugzeug-Bereitstellungen (Aircraft Availability Status Reports – FzB) in: M.Holm-website (ww2.dk); Leyendecker Ltr. to H.L.deZeng dated 23.4.93.
  2. Gliederung (einsatzmßig) und Standorte der fliegenden Verbände des Lw.Kdo.Ost, Stand 26.8.42

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