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]

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.[14]

19 Aug 1941 – 5(F)./122 photo recce sortie to Babino, 96 Km southeast of Leningrad.[15]

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.[16]

21 Aug 1941 – 4(F)./122 photographed the front line at Bachmatsch (Bakhmach), Ukraine (51.07N/32.35E) on behalf of Luftflotte 4.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

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  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. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau sortie 109
  15. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginninga/citynames-arc-bak/slides/Babino%20%20261.html
  16. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau sortie 110
  17. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningb/citynames-baba-batu/slides/Bachmatsch%20%20276.html
  18. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau sortie 111
  19. Lw. Qu.Mast. Gen returns 4 Sep 1941