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.

9 Jan 1940 – 2 He 111 from 1(F)./122 departed Westerland at 16.40 hrs. F6+AH landed at 21.49 hrs and F6+KH landed at 22.25 hrs, both at Westerland.[2]

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.[3]

12 Jan 1940 – 3 He 111 of 1(F)./122 departed Utersen between 06.50 and 08.50 hrs.[4] Fliegerkorps X instructed 1(F)./122 that a sortie for reconnaissance of the Firth of Forth was required for the following day.[5]

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.[6]

19 Jan 1940 – X Fliegerkorps issued instructions for 1(F)./122 to send a photo reconnaissance aircraft to Firth of Forth on 20 Jan 1940. Aircraft to depart no earlier than 07.45 hrs..[7]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
21 Jan 1940 4(F)./122 He 111H-2 Crash-landed at Osnabrück as a result of engine failure. Crew safe.[8]

24 Jan 1940 – an He 111 (F6+KH) from 1(F)./122 departed Uetersen at 07.47 hrs.[9]

29 Jan 1940 – an aircraft from 1(F)./122 departed Uetersen at 15.38 hrs. It was expected to return at approx 19.30 hrs.[10] The aircraft actually landed at 21.29 hrs.


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  1. LdZ Defieux.
  2. T-1022 R2728 SNZ Luft Nord KTB 17.12.-31.12.39 PG 47627 p674.jpg and p675.jpg
  3. Shores -Fledgling Eagles.
  4. T-1022 R2728 SNZ Luft Nord KTB 17.12.-31.12.39 PG 47627 p681.jpg
  5. T-1022 R2728 SNZ Luft Nord KTB 17.12.-31.12.39 PG 47627 p683.jpg
  6. names via Matti Salonen 122 personnel extract from database 03/01/18
  7. T-1022 R2728 SNZ Luft Nord KTB 17.12.-31.12.39 PG 47628 p695.jpg
  8. Cornwell, Peter - The Battle of France Then and Now p135
  9. T-1022 R2728 SNZ Luft Nord KTB 17.12.-31.12.39 PG 47628 p698.jpg
  10. T-1022 R2728 SNZ Luft Nord KTB 17.12.-31.12.39 PG 47628 p702.jpg