Aufkl. Gr. 122 Aug 1941

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Aug 41 - 2(F)./122 is believed to have transferred to Smolensk-North (Stabna) with Stab/Aufkl.Gr. 122 during the second half of August.

Aug-Dec 1941 - The location of 4(F)./122 and and it’s activities for this period are curently unknown - no losses were reported for this period and there is no trace of the Staffel in the surviving documents; possibly it returned to the Reich to rest and refit.[1]

1 Aug 1941 – On or about this date, and in order to support the advance on Leningrad 5(F)./122 transferred to Pskov which is located approximately 270 km SW of that city.[2]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
3 Aug 1941 5(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 Damaged taxiing at Fp.Pskov, 10%.
3 Aug 1941 5(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 Damaged taxiing at Fp.Pskov, 10%.

4 Aug 1941 – In the Koluft Mitte 1c Abendmeldung issued at 23.30 hrs

A check of the railways in the H.Gr Mitte area, with the exception of the Moscow - Petersburg route, no significant traffic was detected in the areas flown by Aufklgr. 122 (as well as by army reconnaissance units).[3]

Evening announcement.

6 Aug 1941 – Luftflotte 2 reported to Flivo H.Gr.Mitte on a sortie by Aufklgr. 122 to the station at Sukowka to look at the anti-tank fortifications there.[4]

Luftflotte 2 Ic reported at 15.30 hrs that AufklGr. 122 had looked at various railyards and these were the findings:-

07.54 hrs – Brjansk-Nord – 2 locomotives and 800 wagons. Brjansk-Süd – 600 wagons. Kursk approx 500 wagons and 5 locomotives.

09.17 hrs – Brjansk-Nord – 200 wagons, 1 freight train under steam with 40 wagons heading west. Brjansk-Süd almost completely burnt out.

09.40 hrs – Orel – around 600 wagons and 3 locomotives.

10.25 hrs – Kursk – about 800 wagons and 4 locomotives.

10.40 hrs – Lgow – 300 wagons.[5]

1(F)./122 also flew a sortie for Luftflotte 2 on behalf of H.Gr. Mitte with the following results:-

07.25 hrs - Shurawka (Station 4.5 km east of Novgorod. Seversk occupied by 3 trains, 1 train to the north of the station.

07.52 hrs - west of Konotop there were 3 trains standing, the rail crossing at Bachmatch was not visible due to clouds.

08.25 hrs - Tschernigow station occupied with 10 trains. There is visible destruction around there.[6]

7 Aug 1941 – Aufklgr (F)./122 flew a sortie for Luftflotte 2 from 07.00 – 10.00 hrs. Sortie was to search the area north of the Potschep – Brjansk railway line.[7]

Also at this time Flivo H.Gr. Mitte requesterd a sortie to Shirjatino ( north of the rail line Bryansk – Potschep) to look at the anti-tank ditch and field fortifications.[8]

A rough evaluation of the above sortie is found in the Luftflotte 2 1c reports for Flivo H.Gr. Mitte dated 8 Aug 1941 and is as follows:-

09.19 hrs - at Belyje-Berega 2 trains sighted heading west (30 km SW Bryansk).

09.22 hrs – NW of Karatschew there were 100 wagons at the munitions store with one train halted facing west.

09.25 hrs – On the railway line Karatschew – Naryschkino 4 trains heading east.

09.35 hrs – On the rail line between Naryschkino and Orel there were 3 trains heading in an easterly direction.

09.40 hrs – Between Orel and Solotarewo there were 2 trains heading east and 2 west.

09.47 hrs – At Werchowje railyard there were approx. 200 wagons. A train was entering the yards from the west while another was stopped.

10.20 hrs – Near Lukaschewka 1 train heading east.

10.25 hrs – At Djakonowo, 1 train heading east.

10.27 hrs – At Lgow 1 train pulled by a single engine, heading east but stopped. In addition there were approx 500 wagons and 5 locomotives entering the yards.

10.48 hrs – At Dmitrijew there was a single train facing south but stopped.[9]

Another sortie by Aufklgr 122 reported on fortifications at Tschernigow, Desna and Scherjankino (Shirjatino ?). This took place between 08.12 and 09.32 hrs.[10]

13 Aug 1941 – Stab./122 in transfer to Smolensk-North (Stabna) and remained there with HQ Luftflotte 2 until December 1941.[11]

A 2(F)./122 crew consisting of Lt Kurt Eulenburger, Ofw. Rudolf Gosau etc flew a combat sortie in Ju 88 F6+HK from Minsk-Süd at 13.45 hrs landing at Smolensk-Nord at 18.17 hrs.[12]

14 Aug 1941 – Eulenberger/Gosau flew a sortie from Smolensk-Nord in an Me 110 F6+LK, taking off at 15.35 hrs landing back at Smolensk-Nord at 18.30 hrs.[13]

17-18 Aug 1941 – Aircraft from 3(F)./122 took part in an attack on Hull this night. The force comprised of 4 Do 217s of II./KG 2; 3 Ju 88s of E./KG 30 and 21 Ju 88s of III./KG 30 and 3(F)./122. Aircraft were over the target between 03.00 and 03.43 hrs. Crews reported that they dropped their bombs after visual observation of the target, impacts were observed in the town and harbour area. Due to strong searchlight activity over the target, the Victoria Dock with it’s wood storage areas could not be precisely located and the crews were not able to identify precisely where the bombs had landed.[14]

18 Aug 1941 – 2(F)./122 sent out Eulenberger/Gosau in a Me 110 (F6+KK) at 07.13 hrs on a 3 hour sortie landing back at Smolensk-Nord at 10.14 hrs.[15]

18-19 Aug 1941 – 2 Ju 88s of 3(F)./122 took part in the raid on Sunderland. Aircraft were over target between 03.00 and 03.25 hrs dropping 2 BM 1000s. In addition 15 Ju 88s from III./KG 30; 4 Do 217s from II./KG 2; II./KG 40 provided 3 Do 217s with III./KG 40 supplying 3 He 111s and 3 Ju 88s from E./KG 30 took part dropping a further 29 BM 1000s, 4 SC 500s and 12 SC 250s.[16]

19 Aug 1941 – 5(F)./122 photo recce sortie to Babino, 96 Km southeast of Leningrad.[17]

2(F)./122 sent out a Ju 88 (F6+HK) on a sortie at 15.26 hrs from Smolensk-Nord. The aircraft returned at 19.31 hrs.[18]

21 Aug 1941 – 4(F)./122 photographed the front line at Bachmatsch (Bakhmach), Ukraine (51.07N/32.35E) on behalf of Luftflotte 4.[19]

A Ju 88 (F6+CK) of 2(F)./122 left Smolensk-Nord at 14.25 hrs and flew a sortie covering 1500 km, returning at 18.35 hrs.[20]

30 Aug 1941 – Stab./122 had a Klemm Kl 35 damaged in crash near Orsha, 1 injured.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
30 Aug 1941 1(F)./122 Ju 88 A-5 809 Lost to flak near Plotki. Uffz. Rudolf Krebs (Bf) killed. Oblt.Walter Lamprecht (F), Ltn. Karl-Heinz Läschke (B) and Uffz. Horst Effenberger (Bs) all injured.[21]

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References

  1. LdZ – however, see the base table listing and the entry for July 1941 as the unit is recorded as transferring to Winitza (Ukraine) in late July 1941.
  2. LdZ - NARA/WashDC: RG 242/T-311 Heeresgruppe Nord microfilms.
  3. 500-12454-000002.pdf pg 241 Luftflotte 2 1c reports for Koluft H.Gr. Mitte dated 4 Aug 1941
  4. 500-12454-000002.pdf pg 58 Luftflotte 2 1c reports for Flivo H.Gr. Mitte dated 6 Aug 1941
  5. 500-12454-000002.pdf pg 137 Luftflotte 2 1c reports for Flivo H.Gr. Mitte dated 6 Aug 1941
  6. 500-12454-000002.pdf pg 137 Luftflotte 2 1c reports for Flivo H.Gr. Mitte dated 6 Aug 1941
  7. Befehle des OKW des OKH und des Heeres-Gruppenkommandos 1 zu Personalfragen beim Offizi pg 65
  8. 500-12454-000002.pdf pg 65 Luftflotte 2 1c reports for Flivo H.Gr. Mitte dated 7 Aug 1941
  9. 500-12454-000002.pdf pg 15 Luftflotte 2 1c reports for Flivo H.Gr. Mitte dated 8 Aug 1941
  10. 500-12454-000002.pdf pg 16 Luftflotte 2 1c reports for Flivo H.Gr. Mitte dated 8 Aug 1941
  11. LdZ - PRO/London: AIR 40/1982; AFHRA/Maxwell: Karlsruhe Collection.
  12. Flugbuch Ofw Rudolf Gosau sortie 104
  13. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau sortie 105
  14. Einzelmeldung Nr 3 vom 18.8.41 (RL 7-102)
  15. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau sortie 109
  16. Einzelmeldung Nr 8 19.8.41(RL 7-102)
  17. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginninga/citynames-arc-bak/slides/Babino%20%20261.html
  18. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau sortie 110
  19. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningb/citynames-baba-batu/slides/Bachmatsch%20%20276.html
  20. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau sortie 111
  21. Lw. Qu.Mast. Gen returns 4 Sep 1941