Aufkl. Gr. 122 Dec 1939

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Dec 1939 – 4(F)./122 began conversion to the Heinkel He 111H.[1]

3 Dec 1939 – 2 Aircraft of Aufklgr 122 operated in the area between St Quentin and Lille.[2]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
3 Dec 1939 3(F)./122 He 111H Crashed and burnt out at Arienheller, south of Linz. Obfw. H. Runkwitz, Fw. F. Meyer, Uffz. H. Förster and Uffz. H. Schröder all killed.[3]

6 Dec 1939 – FAGr 122 despatched eight He 111s on sorties to the Moray Firth and the Firth of Forth – three of these aircraft were lost, as noted below:-

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
6 Dec 1939 1(F)./122 He 111 2709 Crashed shortly after take-off from Ütersen – Lt H. Schierholz Uffz. W. Kunze, Uffz. M. Strobschein and Ogfr. G. Vogt killed.[4]
6 Dec 1939 ?(F)./122 He 111H 3154 Missing on sortie to Firth of Forth and the Moray Firth. Crashed in the sea off Borkum. Fw. H. Petersen, Uffz. H. Weise, Uffz. A. Kenzelmann and Flgr. T. Beckmann all killed.[4]

The reconnaissance of the northern Scottish bases, including Scapa Flow and the Shetland Islands, by 1(F)./122 provided the High Command with the following information:-

Scapa Flow - Apparently not used. Photorecce performed without results.

Shetland Islands - Again no warships detected. However, at Lerwick 3 merchant ships were sighted.[5]

7 Dec 1939 – 1(F)./122 flew a sortie to the Scottish coast – a convoy was spotted that was subsequently attacked by He 111s of I./KG26.

22 Dec 1939 - 2 aircraft of 1(F)./122 were sent on a reconnaissance sortie against a Norwegian coastal convoy. They departed at 08.32 hrs and returned at 14.31 hrs.[6]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
23 Dec 1939 4(F)./122 He 111H F6+BM Oxygen system failed at 9600 meters while on a high altitude recce over northeastern France, Lt. Freidhelm Jordan killed.[7]


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