Aufklärungsstaffel Kaatsch

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Aufklärungsstaffel Kaatsch

Unit Code:

also as: Sonderstaffel Kaatsch


Formed o/a 24 August 1944, probably at Dijon/France, as a provisional tactical reconnaissance Staffel from elements of Jagdgruppe 200, particularly its 2.Staffel under a Leutnant Bell. Equipped with Bf 109Gs[1].


24.8.44: at Dijon. [2]

12.9.44: claimed a U.S. Piper (or Auster) artillery spotter 45 km S of Nancy at 0950 hours. (CLs).

12.9.44: reportedly in process of disbanding at Freiburg im Breisgau. [3]. More likely, orders probably issued to this effect but no action to disband had yet been taken.

28.9.44: flew an afternoon recce mission with 3 aircraft along roads in the Belfort-Lure area.[4]. This was the last entry for the Staffel and it was most likely disbanded a few days later.

FpN: Aufkl.St. Kaatsch (none found)


Maj. Walter Kaatsch (8/44 —- 9/44)

[Major Walter Kaatsch was an Aufklärungsflieger who had been transferred to Aufklärungsgruppe 123 in France on 27 July 1943.] [5]

Also see:

BELL, Kurt, Lt.

SPIES, Theodor, Oblt.

Additional Notes and Losses

3.9.44: Luftflotte 3 Daily Report recorded that the Staffel would move from Dijon to Luzeuil.[6]

15.9.44: Confirmation that the Staffel was formed from elements of J.Gr. 200 – Luftflotte 3 Daily Report states that except for the elements with Aufklärungsstaffel Kaatch J.Gr. 200 will be disbanded.[7]

21.9.44: Luftflotte 3 Daily Report recorded that Aufkl.Gr. 123 would withdraw the Staffel from operations and disband it following the arrival of 2./NAGr. 13 in Freiburg.[8]

22.9.44: Luftflotte 3 Daily Report recorded that the Staffel had 4 aircraft on strength.[9]

© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress, 2022).

(1st Draft 2022)

See Also

For a detailed study of Aufklärungsstaffel Kaatsch the reader is encouraged to visit Nick Beale's pages on Sonderstaffel Kaatsch rather than duplicate here what has already been covered in considerable detail.


  1. ULTRA; CSDIC reports on JGr.200
  2. ULTRA HP730
  3. ULTRA HP730
  4. ULTRA HP1717
  5. LPA orders Nr.691/A, page 22, in NARA T-77:962
  6. Lfl. 3 KTB.
  7. Lfl. 3 KTB.
  8. Lfl. 3 KTB.
  9. Lfl. 3 KTB.

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