Aufkl. Gr. 122 Jun 1944
June 1944 – Italy – Stab (F)./122 now controlled the following units:-
1.(F)/123 operating Ju 88Ts on day reconnaissance; 2(F)./122 day reconnaissance operating Me 410s, a Fi 156 communications aircraft and a solitary Ju 88D-1; Westa 26 (mid-June this unit was disbanded and reformed as 6(F)./122 operating a mix of Ju 88A-4s and Ju 188D-2s.)
These strategic recce forces covered Bizerta and the Tyrrhenian harbours that might be used for invasion forces, they also showed interest in the sea north and west of Corsica and a portion of the Adriatic.
3(F)./122 at Soesterberg - reported 7 Ju 188s and 4 Ju 88s on strength.
1 Jun 1944 – A Me 410 (F6+KK, Schiffels/Weber) of 2(F)./122 flew, during the early morning, a two hour mission. 1(F)./123 sent up four aircraft and Westa 26 three Ju 88s.
2 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent out the usual early morning mission and then it’s Ju 88 operated a series of half hour training flights from Bergamo – a new Me 410 arrived for this unit from Germany. 1(F)./123 sent out a solitary daylight sortie.
3 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 moved Me 410s between Perugia and Bergamo. Operationally, a pair of sorties were operated by F6+HK (Lt. D. Stämmler) totalling four hours air time.
1(F)./123 sent out two sorties – the last of which flew from Bergamo to cover the Tyrrhenian harbours and the appoaches to Corsica, it returned to Bergamo at 1945.
3/4 June 1944 – Westa 26 flew at least three sorties, one covering the northern Tyrrhenian Harbours from Ghedi while 1(F)./123 also sent out a Ju 88.
4 Jun 1944 – A new Me 410 arrived at Bergamo from Riem for 2(F)./122. Operations were flown twice using F6+FK with a different crew each time.
Between this date and 22 Jul 1944, 4.(F)/122 was located at Gutenfeld.
5 Jun 1944 – Westa 26 flew an operation to the Elba area using a Ju 88 which was recorded as missing.
|5 June 1944||Westa 26||Ju 88A-4||5M+H||301546||Lost in the Elba area. Lt. Hansen and 3 crew MIA.|
6 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 flew one of two “3000th” missions – Me 410 F6+QK (Oblt. V.d. Daele and Uffz. Blaschek) leaving Perugia at 0510 and returning approximately 2 hours later to suffer a major accident on its return.
7 Jun 1944 – 1(F)./123 flew a late recce sortie having moved 4U+BH up from Bergamo to Perugia during the early evening.
8 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 completed it’s second 3000th mission – Me 410 F6+KK (Dietse/Bendorf) returned to Perugia just prior to 0500. A Ju 88 of 1(F)./123 was on a sortia in the Pistoia area when it was attacked by Spitfires and shot down.
1830 2(F)./122 sent F6+HK (Scmidt/Grahl) on a 70 minute sortie from Perugia.
Overnight Westa 26 operated 4 sorties.
|8 Jun 1944||1(F)./123||Ju 88T-1||4U+GH||430913||Shot down by Spitfires of 451 Sqdn near Pistoia. Obfhr. Scherf and three crew killed.|
9 Jun 1944 – At 0222 1(F)./123 flew a long range mission from Perugia to photograph Bizerta and Ferryville, landing at Istres after being aoft for eight hours! 1(F)./123 also moved a Ju 88 (4U+BH) from Perugia to Bergamo.
11 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent F6+KK (Neumann and Meister) on a mission from Perugia at 05.45. This aircraft subsequently crash landed at Forli three hours later.
|11 June 1944||2(F)./122||Me 410||F6+KK||95% damaged in a crash landing at Forli at 08.45, crew recovered by Ju 88 F6+Bk and returned to Perugia. (Neumann and Meister)|
12 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 planned a mission to Piacenza-Corsica-Cetral Tyrrhenian-Corsica-Bergamo; this took off at 0448 and the Me 410 (Jackstadt and Stauch) was attacked and badly damaged near La Spezia; the aircraft subsequently crashed and was destroyed on it’s return to base. See here for further detail of the combat as seen from the RAAF perspective.
|12 June 1944||2(F)./122||Me 410||F6+FK||Destroyed in a crash landing at Perugia, crew escaped the crash but did not fly again for 10 days. (Jackstadt and Stauch)|
14 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 sent up two missions – one a photographic flight over it’s own territory and another over allied lines. Westa 26 sent up a night reconnaissance over the sea around Elba, the Italian west coast and the eastern exit from the San Bonifacio Strait – this aircraft failed to return.
|14 June 1944||Westa 26||Ju 88A-4||5M+F||301154||Missing from sortie to the sea around Elba, the Italian west coast and the eastern exit from the San Bonifacio Strait. Crew (Oblt. Harbauer +3) all MIA.|
An aircraft from 5(F)./122 photographed the rail yards at Isotscha (Izocha) and the rail bridge to the south-west (Target Code SU 40 23001; Pl. Qu. 35 Ost 07 742; 56 09 55N 30 04 00E). Isotscha was located just north of the Bolschoi Iwan See (Lake Bolshoy Ivan) and approx 19 km North-east of Newel (Nevel) in Pskov Oblast.
16 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 deployed Me 410 F6+EK (Daele and Blaschek) to Piacenza for operations.
17 Jun 1944 – Me 410 F6+LK (2(F)./122) flew six missions and Ju 88 F6+BK one mission in the support of Würzburg radar crew training. In addition 2(F)./122 flew one combat mission – operated by Me 410 F6+CK.
18 Jun 1944 – Fi 156 (F6+SK) flew two missions, also believed to be in support of Würzburg radar crew training.
5(F)./122 photographed the airfield at Aschwo (57.11.40N/29.55.00E) from 8300m.
19 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 operated a low level recce sortie by F6+EK from Piacenza, this aircraft operated in the direction of Elba and was intercepted by US P-47s. The Me 410 returned to Bergamo in a bad way but with its crew uninjured.
In the evening 2(F)./122 sent out F6+CK but this aircraft crashlanded after 12 minutes in the air. Westa 26 operated 3 night sorties without loss.
|19 Jun 1944||2(F)./122||Me 410||F6+EK||Sortie to the sea around Elba damaged during combat with P-47s – crew safe.|
|19 Jun 1944||2(F)./122||Me 410||F6+CK||Crash landed 12 minutes after take-off – crew safe.|
23 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 reported the Stammkennzeichen of their aircraft as follows:-.
|A: PS+TG||G: PS+TD||L:TF+(fair indications E) R|
|C: NE+QG||I: KR+UX||O: DQ+XK|
|E: NE+QN||K: BR+JF||P: DQ+XN|
23-24 Jun 1944 – 3(F)./122 sent out Ju 188F-l (F6+JL) on a night photo recce of English east coast ports, this aircraft was caught by a nightfighter and lost.
|23-24 Jun 1944||3(F)./122||Ju 188F-1||F6+JL||281620||Shot down by Night Fighter and crashed at Padley Water, Chillesford, Suffolk at 12.15 hrs. Oberlt. H-G Kasper, Oberfw. G. Hupke, Uffz. B. Morweisser and Uffz. P. Werkhausen all killed. Uffz. W. Scheel bailed out and made a POW.|
25 Jun 1944 -
28 Jun 1944 - Elements of 1(F)./122 located at Baranowicze (East Poland) with Me 410s under FAGr.2/Luftflotte 6.
29 Jun 1944 – 2(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+ZK made a round trip Bergamo-Ravenna-Bergamo carrying two personnel from 1(F)./122 and two from Westa 26. In addition a Westa 26 Ju 88 (5M+R) returned to Bergamo, probably from Ravenna.
30 Jun 1944 – The unit lost a Ju 88 on a night reconnaissance of Ancona and the Tremiti Islands.
|30 Jun 1944||Westa 26||Ju 88||5M+D||430910||Missing – may have been lost as the result of an apparent inconclusive combat between a Ju 88 and a 417th NFS Beaufighter SW of Pianosa.|
- BA-MA/Freiburg: Signatur RL 40/Kart.
- Tessin Band 16 page 37.
- http://www.mapywig.org/m/German_maps/series/300K_UvM/V57_Newel_(LWN)_VI.1943.jpg and http://www.wwii-photos-
- Wadman – Ultra KV9402 Stammkennzeichen (factory Codes) Wadman’s interpretation is that the content relates the aircraft letter within the staffel to the Factory Code.
- LdZ - NARA/WashDC: RG 242/T-311 roll 228 frame 491.