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]

1 Jan 1942 – Fliegerführer Sicily instructed 1(F)./122 to carry out a reconnaissance of Valetta harbour at approximately midday on 2 Jan 1942.[2]

In the evening Luftflotte 4 IA informed “Siegfried” that reconnaissance by 4(F)./122 in the grid squares named between 06.15-07.00 hrs and 13.30 – 14.15 hrs had been assured.[3]

2 Jan 1942 – 1(F)./122 operated a photo-recce flight to Valetta harbour (Malta)[4]

Orders for reconnaissance issued by Luftflotte 4 included instructions for 4(F)./122 to cover the area Woroschilowgrad – Stalingrad – Saratow – Woronesh.[5]

At this point 4(F)./122 was suffering from a lack of serviceable aircraft with which to accomplish Luftflotte 4s requirements. 2(F)./Ob.d.L. provided an aircraft that was then operated and crewed by 4(F)./122.[6]

3 Jan 1942 – 4(F)./122 operating under Luftflotte 4 lost a Ju 88 in unknown circumstances.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
3 Jan 1942 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+DM 1179 Aircraft destroyed in unknown circumstances.

Crew consisting of Uffz. Rudolf Dietl (F), Ltn. Johannes Albert (B), Uffz. Erich Anders (Bf) Uffz. Josef Haag (Bm) all MIA.[7]

8 Jan 1942 - 1(F)./122 operated a photo-recce sortie to Malta.[4]

9 Jan 1942 - 2(F)./122 operated a photo-recce sortie to Malta.[4]

10 Jan 1942 - 1(F)./122 was subordinate to Fliegerführer Afrika with an establishment of 10 Ju 88s of which 8 were operational.[8]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.[9]

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.[4] F6+KL, a Ju 88 of 3(F)./122 was sent out from Montdidier at 15.30 hrs and returned at 19.36 hrs.[9]

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.[10]

16 Jan 1942 – 1(F)./122 flew one sortie to Valetta harbour (Malta) and another to Benghazi, Libya.[4] 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.[9]

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.[11]

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[12]

Hans-Georg Blunck web.jpg

Hans-Georg Blunck [12]

Fichtinger1.jpg

Franz Fichtinger [13]

Koluft Heeresgruppe Nord transmitted at 14.00 hrs. the reconnaissance results reported by 5(F)./122 10.40 – 11.40 hrs. Railway line Ochwat – Dubno: No traffic. Bridge 10 km NE Dubno destroyed. Railway line Oßtasechkow – Bologoje: 1 train in SW direction. Batalino station: about 150 wagons. Tachorny Dor station: About 200 wagons. Apparently offloading. Railway line Mal.Vischera - Chudovo: No traffic. 10.30 – 11.20 hrs: Road Lugi - Dubno: Heavy motor vehicle traffic. Road Oßtaschkow – Jeßkina: Busy motor Traffic, mainly in the SW direction. Road Oßtaschkow - Glasuny: Heavy motor traffic. Road Mal. Wiechera – Paporotna: 30 trucks in a westerly direction.[14]

22 Jan 1942 - 2(F)./122 now located at Trapani (Sicily) and remained there until April 1943.[15]

Flivo AOK 16 recorded the loss of a Ju 88 of 5(F)./122 between Bologoje and Oßtaschkow.[16]

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.[17]

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).[4]

29 Jan 1942 - 2(F)./122 sent another aircraft on a photo-recce sortie of La Valetta harbour (Malta).[4]

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References

  1. LdZ - NARA/WashDC: RG 242/T-312 rolls 397-409; ADI(K) interr.sum.
  2. HW5/51 1 – 4 Jan 1942
  3. HW5/51 1 – 4 Jan 1942 CX/MSS/587
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 HW 13/107
  5. HW 5/51 1-4 Jan 1942
  6. HW5/51 1-4 Jan 1942 CX/MSS/589/T5
  7. Luftwaffe Quartermaster Generals Loss returns 14/1/42 plus input from Matti Salonen and G.R.Morrison on TOCH - http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?p=244857&posted=1#post244857 note there is some variation between the two posts regarding the name of the Bf it could be Enders or Anders also the Flugzeugfürher could be Dietel or Dietl. Additional information regarding the aircraft provided by G.R. Morrison - Ju 8D-1 WNr.1179 (SKZ: SK+SA) was built at Bernburg in June 1941
  8. FHRA - US Numbered Historical Studies no 161 appendix to p 122 sheet 1
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Flugbuch of Fuchjohahn via Remi Traconelli.
  10. Hayward p36 rfeference to BA/MA RL 8/188 Luftwaffenstab Krim KTB 17.1.42 - 16.5.42
  11. Ramsay et al - The Bliz Then and Now and Norman LotN p182
  12. 12.0 12.1 picture and other documents kindly provided by Rudolf Böger (Hans-Georg Blunck's nephew)
  13. picture kindly provided by Margarete Steinbeck who is Franz's niece via Rudolf Böger
  14. T-312 R-564 AOK 16 Koluft AOK 16 – pg 0457.jpg Frame 8177427
  15. LdZ - Karlsruhe Collection-op cit.
  16. T-312 R-564 - Flivo AOK 16 – Lagebericht Nr 217 (22.1.1942) – pg 000223 frame 8177193
  17. Ian Jewison posting to Luftwaffedata Forums 31/08/08