Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jan 1940

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Jan 1940 – 3(F)./122 began conversion to the Heinkel He 111H.[1]

3 Jan 1940 - A 1(F)./122 He 111H-2 crashed at Fp.Uetersen due to engine trouble sustaining 50% damage.

6 Jan 1940 – Reconnaissance flights over North Sea flown from Munster.

7 Jan 1940 – More reconnaissance flights over North Sea flown from Munster.

10 Jan 1940 – In the early morning a number of He 111s of 1(F)./122 flew shipping reconnaissance in the area between the Shetland Islands and the Norwegian Coast. These sorties were flown in conjunction with elements of KG 26.[2]

13 Jan 1940 – 1(F)./122 flew a sortie to the Firth of Forth. The aircraft concerned, flown by Ofw H. Brauer, was intercepted by 602 Sqdn’s Red Section. The Spitfires chased the Heinkel until it escaped into cloud. Spitfires from 111 Sqdn ten took up the chase and finally brought the plane down in the sea near Farne Island.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
13 Jan 1940 1(F)./122 He 111H-2 F6+LH Shot down by Spitfires of 602 and 111 Sqdn. Crashed into the sea off Farne Island, 15 miles east of Carnoustie. Only Ofw. Helmut Brauer (B) survived to become a POW. Uffz Eugen Dietz (Bf), Uffz Gerd Kahle (F) and Uffz Heinz Lehmann (Bordwart) were killed.[3]
21 Jan 1940 4(F)./122 He 111H-2 Crash-landed at Osnabrück as a result of engine failure. Crew safe.[4]


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