Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jan 1942

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Jan - Apr 1942 - 4(F)./122 at Nikolayev (S Ukraine) flying long-range reconnaissance for Sonderstab Krim over eastern Crimea and the Black Sea area.[1]

2 Jan 1942 – 1(F)./122 operated a photo-recce flight to Valetta harbour (Malta)[2]

8 Jan 1942 - 1(F)./122 operated a photo-recce sortie to Malta.[2]

9 Jan 1942 - 2(F)./122 operated a photo-recce sortie to Malta.[2]

10 Jan 1942 - 1(F)./122 was subordinate to Fliegerführer Afrika with an establishment of 10 Ju 88s of which 8 were operational.[3]FHRA

11 Jan 1942 - 2(F)./122 had a Ju 88A-5 damaged landing at Munich-Riem, 10%. After leaving Russia in December, the Staffel was granted Christmas leave in Germany before moving to Sicily with new aircraft in mid-January.

12 Jan 1942 – Ju 88 F6+OL of 3(F)./122 departed Montdidier, for a combat sortie, at 15.19 hrs returning at 18.32 hrs.[4]

13 Jan 1942 - 1(F)./122 flew a photo-recce sortie to Valetta harbour (Malta), this was to produce post-raid images following an attack carried out by KG 54.[2] F6+KL, a Ju 88 of 3(F)./122 was sent out from Montdidier at 15.30 hrs and returned at 19.36 hrs.[4]

15 Jan 1942 - 4(F)./122 assigned to Sonderstab Krim. Other units assigned to Sonderstab Krim were:-Stab and III/JG 77, II and III/St.G. 77, III./KG 27, III./ KG51 and I./ KG100.[5]

16 Jan 1942 – 1(F)./122 flew one sortie to Valetta harbour (Malta) and another to Benghazi, Libya.[2] F6+KL of 3(F)./122 departed Montdidier at 13.30 hrs returning at 18.23 hrs following a sortie of 4 hrs 53 minutes.[4]

19 Jan 1942 - 3(F)./122 despatched a Ju 88 to the NE Coast of England on a coastal recce sortie.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
19 Jan 1942 3(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 F6+PL 0440 Possibly shot down by 145 Sqdn Spitfires crashing into the sea 20 miles off Whitby at 15.30. Fw G. Drassdo, Uffz F. Fichtinger, Gefr. H-G. Blunck and Gefr. J. Bauer all MIA.[6]

Blunck Crew Maschine korr klein web.jpg

The crew in the picture, left to right: 1. Hans-Georg Blunck, born 22.04.1920 in Eckernförde 2. an unknown Leutnant 3. Franz Fichtinger, born 04.03.1916 in Joslowitz (today Jaroslavice, Czech), studying to be a teacher 4. Johann Bauer

They stand in front of a Ju 88 of 3(F)./122 - the aircraft carries the "mushroomhead" emblem of 3(F)./122[7]

Hans-Georg Blunck web.jpg

Hans-Georg Blunck [7]


Franz Fichtinger [8]

22 Jan 1942 - 2(F)./122 now located at Trapani (Sicily) and remained there until April 1943.[9]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
22 Jan 1942 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+UN Failed to return from a recce over the Torzhok area to the northwest of Kalinin while flying support for the German withdrawal from the front north of Moscow and operations around Demyansk, 100%, 4 MIA.
27 Jan 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+KK 1640 Failed to return from sortie - last reported 300 km SE of Cape Passero (Sicily), 100%,Lt Fritz Freesmeier, Hptm Christian Segnitz and 2 others MIA.[10]

28 Jan 1942 - 1(F)./122 lost a Ju 88 which failed to return from a recce over eastern Cyrenaica (Libya) - four crew recorded as missing in action. 2(F)./122 sent F6+EK on a photo-recce sortie of La Valetta harbour (Malta).[2]

29 Jan 1942 - 2(F)./122 sent another aircraft on a photo-recce sortie of La Valetta harbour (Malta).[2]


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  1. LdZ - NARA/WashDC: RG 242/T-312 rolls 397-409; ADI(K) interr.sum.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 HW 13/107
  3. FHRA - US Numbered Historical Studies no 161 appendix to p 122 sheet 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Flugbuch of Fuchjohahn via Remi Traconelli.
  5. Hayward p36 rfeference to BA/MA RL 8/188 Luftwaffenstab Krim KTB 17.1.42 - 16.5.42
  6. Ramsay et al - The Bliz Then and Now and Norman LotN p182
  7. 7.0 7.1 picture and other documents kindly provided by Rudolf Böger (Hans-Georg Blunck's nephew)
  8. picture kindly provided by Margarete Steinbeck who is Franz's niece via Rudolf Böger
  9. LdZ - Karlsruhe Collection-op cit.
  10. Ian Jewison posting to Luftwaffedata Forums 31/08/08