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]


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

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References

  1. LdZ - PRO AIR 40/1975.
  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.
  30. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginninga/citynames-abascha-ales/slides/Adlert%20%20024.html
  31. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningc/citynames-carn-czyz/slides/Chossta%20%20027.html