Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jul 1941

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Jul – Nov 1941 - 3(F)./122 reported no losses during this period, or at least none were recorded in the Luftwaffe Gen.Qu. loss returns.

Erg.(F)./122 ’s location is not known, but it probably moved to the Eastern Front with the rest of Aufkl.Gr. 122 in June 1941.[1]

Jul 1941 – 4(F)./122 transferred forward to Brödi (southeast Poland) and then, before the end of July, to Winitsa in western Ukraine.[2]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
01 Jul 1941 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-2 809 25 % to airframe at Biala-podlaska. [3]

3 Jul 1941 – Aircraft from 5(F)./122 flew reconnaissance sorties along the Russian-Latvian border and reported the rapid buildup of Soviet VVS aircraft reinforcements, mainly on the airfields at Opochka and Idritsa which lie just over the border in Russia some 125-170 km south of Pskov. These were attacked the next day by elements of KG 76 and KG 77.[4]

2(F)./122 sent out F6+HK on the early morning sortie at 03.59 hrs, this was a 5 hour flight returning to Brest-Litovsk at 08.57.[5]

A Ju 88 of 4(F)./122 departed at 08.56 hrs on a sortie under orders to report on traffic movements on road and rail in the following areas – Schepetowka – Kijewrschischtschew – Kanew – Bojuslaro – Christianorka – Winniza – Schmerinka – Proskurow. The aircraft landed at 14.05 hrs [6]

At 18.00 hrs F6+MM of 4(F)./122 reported 6 trains on the route Proskurow to Schmerinka with 50 freight cars heading east. At 18.50 hrs the same aircraft reported approx 20 aircraft at Flugplatx 1002.[7] This was followed at 19.25 hrs by a report that on the rail line between Bjelaja and Zerkaw there were 10 trains and 60 freight cars heading east and 6 trains with a similar number of freight cars heading west.[8]

4 Jul 1941 – 3(F)./122 transferred from Amsterdam-Schiphol to Creil/NE France and remained there until September or October 1942.[9]

At 04.01 hrs F6+GK of 2(F)./122 departed Brest-Litovsk, on the early morning reconnaissance sortie, returning there 4 hrs and 29 minutes later.[10]

At 18.30 hrs F6+DM of 4(F)./122 reported transport sightings on the route Shitomir – Korostir.[11]

7 Jul 1941 - 5(F)./122 located at Kedainiai.[12]

9 Jul 1941 – 5(F)./122 continued to be located at Kedainiai.[13]

10 Jul 1941 – 2(F)./122 operated a sortie from Minsk-Süd taking off at 04.03 hrs, the aircraft F6+DK returned at 05.49 hrs having flown a total of 636 km.[14] The same crew then operated a further sortie in F6+BK commencing at 06.37 hrs and returned at 11.24 hrs.[15]

12 Jul 1941 – 2(F)./122 now based at Minsk.[16]An Oblt of 2(F)./122 informed Luftflotte 2, Minsk, that he had been shot down by a German fighter 10km West of Vitebsk, the Bf and Bm were both injured. They were now at Kanary (?) airfield. He would fly back to Minsk in a Bf 108 at 0430 the next day.[17]

2(F)./122 despatched F6+EK at 13.35 hrs and the aircraft returned at 18.01 hrs from the sortie, landing again at Minsk-Süd.[18]

13 Jul 1941 – Relocated to Flugplatz Brödy-Süd.[19]

14 Jul 1941 – 1(F)./122 reported their last loss until they departed the theatre in December 1941.

An aircraft of 4(F)./122 reported, at 07.30 hrs, that there were 1000 railway wagons at the rail yards at Kuran-Bachmatsch (Gradnetz 22824/35).[20]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
14 Jul 1941 1(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+LH 1147R Failed to return from a recce in the Smolensk-Roslavl area, 100%, Oblt. Heinz von Reeken + 1 WIA.

17 Jul 1941 – an aircraft of 4(F)./122 reported at 17.39 hrs that there were 12 single engined aircraft visible on the airfield Gomel I (Ziel-Nr SU 10 314) and that 1 aircraft was taking off.[21]

At 17.42 hrs the aircraft from 4(F)./122 reported that it was now overflying Gomel-Pribytki (Ziel-Nr SU 10 1357).[22]

18 Jul 1941 – 4(F)./122 was again active on this day – an aircraft reporting in at 13.30 hrs.[23]

19 Jul 1941 – 4(F)./122 located at Brödy Süd.[24]

At 09.26 hrs a sortie from 4(F)./122 reported aircraft at the airfield that it was currently over.[25]

An aircraft from 4(F)./122 broadcast at 10.18 hrs identifying 8 trains on the move.[26]


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
25 Jul 1941 2(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 F6+AK 285R Failed to return from a recce over the Moscow-Kaluga area, 100%,4 MIA
25 Jul 1941 Erst./122 Ju 88A-5 F6+AO 453 Lost in the vicinity of Moscow – 100%.R

26 Jul 1941 – 1(F)./122 was now based at or operating from Fp.Borisov/80 km NE of Minsk.[27]

27 Jul 1941 – 5(F)./122 deployed to Pleskau.[28]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
27 Jul 1941 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+FH 1195 100%R

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  1. LdZ
  2. ADI(K) interr.sum.
  3. Remi Tracanelli – via e-mail 10/04/05 – all details.
  4. LdZ - Bergström/Mikhailov-Black Cross-Red Star, v.1:77-78.
  5. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau. Entry 87
  6. 500-12452-000426 Luftflotte 4 Funksprüche vom 28/4 – 4/7.1941 pg 77
  7. 500-12452-000426 Luftflotte 4 Funksprüche vom 28/4 – 4/7.1941 pg 78
  8. 500-12452-000426 Luftflotte 4 Funksprüche vom 28/4 – 4/7.1941 pg 80
  9. LdZ - BA-MA/Freiburg: Signatur RL 20/241-42.
  10. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau. Entry 88.
  11. 500-12452-000426 Luftflotte 4 Funksprüche vom 28/4 – 4/7.1941 pg 61
  12. T312 R546 KTB AOK 16 – Flivo lagebericht Nr 20 07/07/41
  13. T312 R546 KTB AOK 16 – Flivo lagebericht Nr 22 10/07/41
  14. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau sortie 91.
  15. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau sortie 92
  16. LdZ - PRO/London: AIR 40/1975.
  17. AIR 40/1975 via Adam Thompson
  18. Flugbuch Ofw. Rudolf Gosau sortie 93
  19. TsAMO 500-12452-000427 Luftflotte 4 Unterlagen 8/7 – 21/7.1941 – Orientierungsblatt; Fernschreiben; Feindnchrichtenblatt; Nachtrag zur Abendmekdung; Tagesmeldung p163
  20. 12452-429 Luft. 4 Ic messages (Koluft, reports etc.) 41-06 to 41-07 – frame 876484
  21. TsAMO 500-12452-000428 Luftflotte 4 Funksprüche vom 14/7 – 19/7.1941 Aufklärungs = u Sage Meldungen p95
  22. TsAMO 500-12452-000428 Luftflotte 4 Funksprüche vom 14/7 – 19/7.1941 Aufklärungs = u Sage Meldungen p98
  23. TsAMO 500-12452-000428 Luftflotte 4 Funksprüche vom 14/7 – 19/7.1941 Aufklärungs = u Sage Meldungen p134
  24. TsAMO 500-12452-000428 Luftflotte 4 Funksprüche vom 14/7 – 19/7.1941 Aufklärungs = u Sage Meldungen p25; Standort der Flieger Verbände 19.7.41
  25. TsAMO 500-12452-000428 Luftflotte 4 Funksprüche vom 14/7 – 19/7.1941 Aufklärungs = u Sage Meldungen p60
  26. TsAMO 500-12452-000428 Luftflotte 4 Funksprüche vom 14/7 – 19/7.1941 Aufklärungs = u Sage Meldungen p54
  27. LdZ - LR evidence.
  28. T312 R546 KTB AOK 16 – Flivo lagebericht Nr 39 27/07/41