Aufkl. Gr. 122 Feb 1943

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1 Feb 1943 – 4(F)./122 now located at Bagerovo, near Kerch, Crimea.[1] Orders issued by Luftwaffengruppe Kuban for 4 (F)./122 at Bagerowo for 2 Feb 1943

1) Black Sea reconnaissance unchanged.

2) Eastern reconnaissance unchanged. L.B. Railway Tikhoreetsk - Szalsk - Armavir - Mineralnye - Vody.

3) Aircraft not used for reconnaissance to be used for combat operations for 17th Armee. To be on one hour operational readiness from 07:50 hrs.[2]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
1 Feb 1943 4(F)./122 Ju 88A-14 F6+NM 144254 Destroyed at Usta-Sabiskaya -100%, Oblt.Erhard Delazal (F), Fw. Bruno Volkhausen (B), Uffz Gunther Piln (Bf) and Gfr. Werner Kalisch all recorded as MIA [3]

2 Feb 1943 – Orders issued by Luftwaffengruppe Kuban for 4 (F)./122 at Bagerowo for 3 Feb 1943

1) Black Sea reconnaissance unchanged until Batum.

2.) East reconnaissance the same as 2 Feb.

3) Remaining aircraft bombing operations on targets identified by reconnaissance. From 05:30 hrs. on one hour standby for operations.[4]

According to the Tagesabschußmeldung für 2.2.43 4(F)./122 operated the following sorties on behalf of Luftwaffengruppe Kuban - 8 reconnaissance sorties, including 2 Black Sea, 1 Ostraum, 5 combat missions (2 W Schappsugskaje, 3 on Novomarossiskaya). 7500 kg bombs dropped, 4 houses destroyed, several fires, some vehicles damaged. Photo series of the railway Armawir-MineraInyj-Wody cannot be evaluated because of the damage to the camera drive motor.[5]

3 Feb 1943 – According to the Tagesabschußmeldung für 3.2.43 4(F)./122 operated the following sorties on behalf of Luftwaffengruppe Kuban - 5 reconnaissance aircraft, including; 1 Black Sea, 1 Eastern sector, 2 bombing missions on Pensenskaya (95153), 5 aircraft in fragmentation area, 1 Ju 88 Ust-Labinskaya. 3 houses destroyed, several houses and trucks damaged. Dropped: 12 bombs of 250, 30 of 50 kg.[6]

7 Feb 1943 - Oblt. Ferdinand Ottisch + 2 KIA and 3 WIA during heavy Allied air raid on Fp.Elmas – 1(F)./122 reduced to only 3 serviceable Ju 88s.[7] Generalfeldmarschall Hugo Sperrle, leader of Luftflotte 3, inspected Schiphol.[8]

8 Feb 1943 – 1(F)./122 was transferred from Elmas to Decimo/Sardinia due to the constant Allied air attacks on Elmas.[9]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
8 Feb 1943 2(F)./122 Me 210 F6+YK 0130 Failed to return from the Tripoli-Misurata-Zuara area, 100%, 2 MIA. Uffz Kurt Schulz (F) and Gefr. Johannes Franks (Bf)[10]

10 Feb 43 3.(F)/122 had 1 Ju88A-5, 7 Ju88D-1 and 3 Ju88D-5.[11]

5(F)./122 photographed the dummy airfield at Demidowo (target code SU 10 18003 58.55.45N/34.32.30E Pl.Qu. 35 Ost 49213)[12]


11 Feb 1943 - Hptm. Edwin Kerner, of 4(F)./122, was killed during a Soviet air attack on Fp. Bagerovo.

13 Feb 1943 – 1.(F)/122 based at Elmas undertook at least five sorties, with some possibly from Decimo.[13]

2.(F)/122 based at Trapani undertook at least eight sorties on this day. It was probably that five Ju 88s from K.G. 54 were subordinate to the Staffel for anti-submarine patrol.[14]

An invasion of Sardinia was feared, so as a result 2.(F)/122 provided emergency support of 1.(F)/122.[15]

At 01:53 and 02:00 two Ju 88s of 1.(F)/122 under II. Fliegerkorps undertook a search for enemy sea vessels west of Sardinia without any sightings made.[16]

Between 00:55 and 08:00 two Ju 88s of 1.(F)/122 undertook reconnaissance to establish enemy landing formation west of Sardinia, but no sightings were made.[17]

Aufklgr 122 sent out a Ju 88 on a weather recce sortie at 07.25 hrs but there were later concerns that this was overdue.[18]

A Ju 88 of 1(F)./122 departed at 13.07 hrs and landed at 17.40 hrs following a sea recce of the western Mediterranean and observation of an enemy convoy.[19]

In addition 3 Ju 88s were despatched for a recce (survey) of the area around Sbeitla in Tunisia (33 km northeast of Kasserine), aircraft departed at 13.19 hrs and returned at 16.36 hrs following a successful mission.[20]

Between 15:35 and 17:57 a second shadowing aircraft of 1.(F)/122 was airborne, and was ordered to send beacon signals from 17:15 to 18:00.[21]

13-14 Feb 1943 - An ASV He 111 of 2.(F)/122 was active between 01:02 and 03:42 on sea reconnaissance south and west, with task believed to have been successfully carried out.[22]

14 Feb 1943 – 1(F)./122 despatched sorties to the Algerian Coast.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
14 Feb 1943 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop F6+EH 430121 Failed to return from the Bone-Oran area, 100%,the crew of Lt. Hans Boudick (F), Stfw. Theodor Schäfer (B), Uffz. Heinz Krempel(BF) and Gefr. Hans Rollwege (BS) were all recorded as missing in action[23]

(RAF Sgt Coran Perry Ashworth 253 Sqn claimed 1xJu88, 20 miles N. Cap Bougaroun. He was flying Hurricane IIc (HV742). This claim corresponds to Ju88D-1/Trop (F6+EH) of 1(F)/122.) [24]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
16 Feb 1943 4(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+KM 430524 Lost in unknown circumstances. Oblt. Willi Berns (F), Lt. Arnold Schulz (B), Uffz. Helmuth Koch (Bf) and Fw. Werner Fülle (Bm) all MIA[25]

21 Feb 1943 – 1(F)./122 despatched sorties to the Algerian Coast – via Cap Palos (Cabo de Palos near Cartagena) and the Alboran Sea to the Algerian coast near Bone.[26]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
21 Feb 1943 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop F6+IH Failed to return from the Bone-Oran area, 100%, 4 KIA.
21 Feb 1943 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop F6+CH Failed to return - no details, 100%, 1 KIA and 3 MIA.

22 Feb 1943 – 4(F)./122 was transferred from Bagerovo to Sarabus in the Crimea.[27]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
22 Feb 1943 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+CK Failed to return - no details, 100%, 4 MIA.[28]

23 Feb 1943 – 1(F)./122 at Decimo - flying 2 to 4 sorties a day in search of convoys and photo reconnaissance of Algerian harbors.[29]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
23 Feb 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+EN Failed to return from a sortie to the Lake Ilmen area, 100%,4 KIA.
24 Feb 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Damaged in combat with a fighter near Lake Ilmen, 60%, 1 KIA and 1 WIA.
24 Feb 1943 2(F)./122 Me 210 F6+ZK Failed to return - no details, 100%, 2 MIA.

25 Feb 1943 – 4(F)./122 photographed the airfield at Alder (Alderskiy) (targer Code SU 10 3735; 43.46 N 39.55 E, Pl Qu. 34 Ost 94634).Analysis showed 4 single engined, 48 twin engined and 1 three engined aircraft present.[30]

26 Feb 1943 – 4(F)./122 photographed the railway and bridges in the area around Chossta (Pl.Qu 34 Ost 94493, target code SU97 17034) on the Black Sea.[31]

27 Feb 1943 – 1.(F)/122 had a Ju 88 depart Decimo at 05.50 hrs for Algiers with the intention of flying along the coast to Oran then back to Algiers, Bougie and Cap de Fer before returning to Decimo. This crew reported sighting shipping in both the outer and inner harbours at Oran and in Algiers harbour. The aircraft had landed by 12.00 hrs.[32]

A Ju 88 of 1.(F)/122 took off at 11.07 hrs for a reconnaissance sortie to the western Mediterranean, it had landed by 17.00 hrs with no sighting to show for its effort.[33]

2.(F)/122 had a Ju 88 depart at 15.11 hrs for a sortie to the western Mediterranean. However, this aircraft was back on the ground at 16.20 hrs owing to an engine defect.[34]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
27 Feb 1943 3(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+IL Crashlanding at Schiphol. Obs. Oberleutnant August Högl, pilot Leutnant Riemer, flight engineer Feldwebel Herbert Uhlmann and gunner Unteroffizier Herbert Banz. All were safe.159

28 Feb 1943 – Sortie to the western Mediterranean by a Ju 88 from 1.(F)/122. Aircraft took opff at 06.50 hrs but the sortie was abandoned owing to engine problems. [35]

A Ju 88 of 2.(F)/122 departed Decimo at 09.08 hrs, it flew to a point noth of Bougie and then along the coast to a point north of Tipaza, its return course took it south of the Balearics. The aircraft landed at 14.03 hrs, there was some shipping sighted but the aircraft was driven off by a defending fighter.[36]

At 15.10 hrs a Ju 88 of 1.(F)/122 left Decimo for the sea area north of the Algerian coast between Bougie and Algiers. An eastbound convoy of 15 ships with 4 escorts was sighted at 16.45 hrs and a westbound convoy of 6 vessels and 3 escorts was also seen and reported. The aircraft landed back at Decimo at 19.23 hrs.[37]

The afternoon sortie to the western Mediterranean was despatched by 2.(F)/122, the aircraft was in the vicinity of Bone at 17.00 hrs.[38]

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  2. https://wwii.germandocsinrussia.org/de/nodes/21474-delo-443#page/38/mode/inspect/zoom/7
  3. Luftwaffe Quartermaster General loss returns item 151 of return dated 7 May 1943
  4. https://wwii.germandocsinrussia.org/de/nodes/21474-delo-443#page/5/mode/inspect/zoom/6
  5. https://wwii.germandocsinrussia.org/de/nodes/21474-delo-443#page/41/mode/inspect/zoom/7
  6. https://wwii.germandocsinrussia.org/de/nodes/21474-delo-443#page/11/mode/inspect/zoom/8
  7. LdZ - PRO AIR 40/1995.
  8. Rob van den Nieuwendijk by e-mail 11th June 2004
  9. Ldz - ULTRA VM3586.
  10. Shores – Fighters over Tunisia p199 and Luftwaffe Quartermaster General loss returns item 232 of return dated 14 Feb 1943
  11. Rob van den Nieuwendijk by e-mail 11th June 2004
  12. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningd/citynames-dabr-dzis/slides/Demidowo%20%20066.html
  13. NA HW 13/145
  14. NA HW 13/145
  15. NA HW 13/145
  16. BA-MA RL 2-II/297
  17. NA HW 13/145, CX/MSS/2109/T30, 2112/T12, 2114/T34, 2114/T9, 2112/T14
  18. RL2-II 297 13 Feb 1943 snipet provided by Andrew Arthy.
  19. RL2-II 297 13 Feb 1943 snipet provided by Andrew Arthy.
  20. RL2-II 297 13 Feb 1943 snipet provided by Andrew Arthy.
  21. NA HW 13/145, CX/MSS/2114/10
  22. NA HW 13/145, CX/MSS/2114/T24, 3340
  23. Shores – Fighters Over Tunisia P204 records that a Ju 88 of 1/122 was attacked north of Cap Bougeron by 2 Hurricanes of 253 Sqdn from Jemapes – the Ju 88 was shot down and crashed into the sea. Luftwaffe Quartermaster General loss returns item 173 of return dated 17 February 1943
  24. F Andy Fletcher – detail provided in e-mail of 20/07/05
  25. Luftwaffe Quartermaster General loss returns item 202 of return dated 22 Mar 1943
  26. S122 Offiziers Stellenbezetzung 122
  27. LdZ - ADI(K) interr.sum.; PRO/London: AirMin Sigint summaries.
  28. Shores – Fighters Over Tunisia P216 records that 2/122 sent a recce mission to Algiers and that 43 Sqdn RAF intercepted it at 27,000 ft off the Algierian Coast. 2/122 also reported that they lost a Me 210 in the Tripoli area (Fw Walter Spitthoff)
  29. LdZ - ULTRA VM4886.
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  31. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningc/citynames-carn-czyz/slides/Chossta%20%20027.html
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