Aufkl. Gr. 122 Mar 1943

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Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
2 Mar 1943 3(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Damaged at Amsterdam-Schiphol, 10%.
4 Mar 1943 4(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+NM Failed to return from sortie – no further details available, 100%,4 MIA.

6 Mar 1943 – 1(F)./122 sent a sortie to the Bone – Oran area.O

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
6 Mar 1943 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop F6+EH 43549[1] Failed to return from sortie to the vicinity of Algiers, intercepted by 48 Sqdn Spitfires 20km from Cap Djinet – crashed into the sea, crew seen to have bailed out. [2] 100%, Oblt. Alois Kiefer (F), Uffz. Fritz Hild (B), Fw Helmut Scheuner (Bf) and Uffz. Heinrich Müller (Bs) all MIA.[1]

7 Mar 1943 – 3(F)./122 at Schipol reported the following strength:- 8 Ju 88D-1, 4 Ju 88D-5 and a single Fw 58C-2.[3]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
7 Mar 1943 4(F)./122 He 111 Crashed on take-off from Fp.Sarabus, 90%. Uffz. Paul Rauber (F), Lt. Heinz Bösand (B), Gefr. Ludwig Lenzer (Bf) and Gefr. Gerhard Müller (Bs) all killed. [4]

12 Mar 1943 – 4(F)./122 sent an aircraft to photograph the seaplane bases to the south of Gelendshik Bucht (Gelendzhik Bay) – these were Seeflugplatz Gelendshik III and Seeflughafen Gelendshik IV. (target code 97 21021, Pl.Q. 44 85371.).[5]

13 Mar 1943 – 4(F)./122 sortie to photograph Armawir I in Krasnodar[6]The airfield was located south of the town and possessed a hard runway of 1050m in length.

An aircraft of 4(F)./122 also photographed the railway yards at Gulkewitschi (Gulkevichi) (target code SU 97 21129, 45 N 40E)[7]

15 Mar 1943 - 1.(F)/122 to transfer from Elmas, Sardinia to Catania, Sicily.[8]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
15 Mar 1943 ?(F)./122 Me 210A-1 15% damage on take-off in Tunisia[9]

20 Mar 1943 – 2(F)./122 despatched a sortie to the Straits of Sicily.

1(F)./122 despatched a sortie to cover Algiers and the Alboran Sea. At 13.15 hrs Z the mission was terminated owing to mechanical a defect and only extended to 2 degrees West.[10]

He 111 of AufklGr 122 took off at 22.00 hrs Z for recce a sortie covering from Pantelleria to the African Coast.[11]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
20 Mar 1943 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+BK Failed to return from Pl.Qu.15/13 East, combat with P-38s of 82nd FG – lost over the Scicilian Strait 100%, 4 MIA.*

21 Mar 1943 – 4(F)./122 sent an aircraft to photograph the airfield at Abinskaja.(Abinsk?) (44°54'7" N 38°10'40" E, Pl.Qu. 34 Ost 85151).[12]

1(F)./122 operated the following sorties:-

05.00 – 11.15 hrs Z – to the sea area off Melilla (Spanish city on the North African coast on the Alboran Sea).

06.00 – 10.00 hrs Z – to the sea area off Algiers.

13.00 – 17.30 hrs Z – to the sea area north of Cape Tenes (this is midway between Algiers and Oran).[13]

An aircraft of 1(F)./122 took off at 19.00 hrs Z on an ASV sortie from Sicily.[14]This was to screen the “Monti” convoy from Allied naval forces that had left Bone on an easterly or north-easterly course.[15]

22 Mar 1943 – 1(F)./122 operated the following sorties:-

05.00 – 11.45 hrs Z - recce to Cape Gata – Cape Palos.[16]

06.15 – 10.15 hrs Z – recce to Bone and Algiers.[17]

14.00 hrs Z single aircraft sortie to Oran.[18]

23 Mar 1943 – Aircraft from 1(F)./122 currently located in Sardinia were ordered by Fliegerführer Sardinia ordered to transfer to Catania by 11.00 hrs Z 24 Mar 1943. This was to take part in planned operations against Benghazi on 24th and 25th March.[19]

1(F)./122 had 10 aircraft on strength with 1 serviceable.[20]

One aircraft of 1(F)./122 departed at 11.15 hrs on a sortie to Algiers and the Alboran Sea, landing again at 17.00 hrs Z.[21]

24 Mar 1943 – Strength return for 1(F)./122 given as 10 plus 1 attached – 3 were serviceable at Catania plus an additional 2 from 17.00 hrs Z.[22]

25 Mar 1943 – Fliegerführer Sardinia intended recce against unspecified Allied convoys following the return of 1(F)./122.[23]

1(F)./122 reported a strength of 9 aircraft plus 1 attached. 1 serviceable, another serviceable from 17.00 hrs Z, 1 aircraft on ops and another still at Catania.[24]

1(F)./122 sortie to Cap Palos – Oran area in search of a large convoy. Took off 09.00 hrs Z landed 15.45 hrs Z.[25]A further aircraft from 1(F)./122 was given the same task, departing 14.15 hrs Z returning 18.30 hrs Z.[26]

Two aircraft of 1(F)./122 moved back to Sardinia (presumably from Catania).[27]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
25 Mar 1943 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+VM 430535[28] Failed to return from a sortie to the P’ot’i-Bat’umi area of Georgia, 100%, 4 MIA.

26 Mar 1943 – 1(F)./122 strength return - total 9 plus 1 attached; only 2 serviceable; 1 on an operational sortie plus 1 aircraft at Catania.[29]

Ju 88 of 1(F)./122 departed 06.15 hrs Z on a recce sortie to cover the outer harbour at Algiers together with the coastal area from Algiers to Bone. Unfortunately, Algiers harbour was not seen due to defending fighters and cloud cover down to 2000m.[30]

A further aircraft of 1(F)./122 took off at 12.15 hrs Z to perform an unspecified task.[31]

27 Mar 1943 – An aircraft of 4(F)./122 photographed the airfield of Armawir I (Armavir) – 41.06.00E/44.58.00N.[32]

An aircraft of 1(F)./122 was up at 04.15 hrs Z to carry out a sea recce between Bone and Algiers returning at 09.00 hrs Z. A further aircraft of the same unit departed at 04.45 hrs Z for a coastal recce covering Algiers to Oran and the Alboran Sea. The aircraft returned at 12.15 hrs Z following an unsuccessful attempt to photograph Algiers Harbour.[33]

Another aircraft of 1(F)./122 departed at 15.00 hrs Z to take over the shadowing of a convoy in the vicinity of Philippeville.[34]

28 Mar 1943 – 4(F)./122 again photographed the airfield at Alder.(target Code SU 10 3735.)[35]

1(F)./122 ordered to take over close escort of Regina convoy with 2 Ju 88 from first light to 15.00 hrs Z.[36] An aircraft of 1(F)./122 departed at 07.30 hrs Z to commence this task.[37]

An aircraft of 1(F)./122 departed 05.20 hrs Z for an off-shore recce covering Algiers to Oran and Alboran Sea, the aircraft returned at 12.30 hrs Z. Another aircraft of the same unit departed at 06.15 hrs Z to cover the sea area Bone to Algiers returning at 10.40 hrs Z.[38]

1(F)./122 sent out a Met recce to Tripoli at 10.00 hrs Z.[39]

An aircraft of 1(F)./122 departed at 10.45 hrs Z for a sortie covering Cap Corbelin to the Alboran Sea, returning at 17.45 hrs Z.[40]

Strength of 1(F)./122 was recorded in the afternoon as 9 aircraft plus one attached with 2 on operations.[41]

29 Mar 1943 – An aircraft of 1(F)./122 took off at 05.45 hrs Z for a coastal recce covering Melilla and Cap Palos.[42]

At 13.15 hrs Z an aircraft of 1(F)./122 left for a recce covering Bone to Algiers, returning at 17.30 hrs Z.[43]

Strength return of 1(F)./122 in the afternoon was as follows – 9 aircraft plus 1 attached; 2 plus 1 on operations (1 from 16.00 hrs Z).[44]

30 Mar 1943 – An aircraft of 1(F)./122 took off at 03.30 hrs Z for an off-shore recce taking in Bone and Algiers, it landed at 07.30 hrs Z. At 05.30 hrs another aircraft of the same unit performed a recce of Algiers, Oran and the Alboran Sea, landing at 13.15 hrs Z. A further aircraft of 1(F)./122 took off at 12.00 hrs Z for a recce encompassing Algiers and Bone.[45]

31 Mar 1943 – 1(F)./122 still noted as at Decimo (Decimomannu).[46]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Luftwaffe QMG Loss returns 8 Mar 1943 sheet 5 entry 86.
  2. P238/254/307 of Shores, Christopher et al – Fighters over Tunisia (Neville Spearman) – operations, losses etc
  3. Rob van den Nieuwendijk by e-mail 23/06/04
  4. Luftwaffe QMG Loss returns 8 Apr 1943 Sheet 17 entry
  5. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningg/citynames-gele-gust/slides/Gelendshik%20II%20IV%20%20007.html
  6. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginninga/citynames-arc-bak/slides/Armawir%20%20121.html
  7. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginningg/citynames-gele-gust/slides/Gulkewitschi%20%20014.html
  8. A. Arthy, 11 August 2003 – Ultra VM6577
  9. Luftwaffe QMG Loss returns7 Apr 1943 sheet 13, entry 190.
  10. NA DEFE3/806 VM7031 pg 38
  11. NA DEFE3/806 VM7031 pg 39
  12. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginninga/citynames-abascha-ales/slides/Abascha%20%20%20005.html link now defunct
  13. NA DEFE3/806 VM7114 pg 128
  14. NA DEFE3/806 VM7114 pg 129
  15. NA DEFE3/806 VM7045 pg 52
  16. NA DEFE3/806 VM7232 pg 246
  17. NA DEFE3/806 VM7232 pg 246
  18. NA DEFE3/806 VM7232 pg 246
  19. NA DEFE3/806 VM7287 pg 306
  20. NADEFE3/806 VM7340 pg 360
  21. DEFE3/806 VM7342 pg 362
  22. NA DEFE3/806 VM7442 pg 470
  23. NA DEFE3/806 VM7435 pg 463, see VM7287 pg 306 there is no other indication of this unit moving back to Sardinia from Catania.
  24. NA DEFE3/807 VM7358 pg 61
  25. NA DEFE3/807 VM7570 pg 74
  26. NA DEFE3/807 VM7570 pg 74
  27. NA DEFE3/807 VM7570 pg 74 also refer VM7435
  28. Luftwaffe QMG Loss returns 21 May 1943 sheet 09, entry 165
  29. NA DEFE3/807 VM7667 pg 179
  30. NA DEFE3/807 VM7670 pg 182
  31. NA DEFE3/807 VM7670 pg 182
  32. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginninga/citynames-arc-bak/slides/Armawir%20%20121.html
  33. NA DEFE3/807 VM7765 pg 281
  34. NA DEFE3/807 VM7765 pg 281
  35. http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targetrussia/citynamesbeginninga/citynames-abascha-ales/slides/Adlert%20%20027.html
  36. NA DEFE3/807 VM7775 pg 292
  37. NA DEFE3/807 VM7865 pg 390
  38. NA DEFE3/807 VM7865 pg 390
  39. NA DEFE3/807 VM7865 pg 390
  40. NA DEFE3/807 VM7865 pg 390
  41. NA DEFE3/807 VM7864 pg 393
  42. NA DEFE3/807 VM7975 pg 512
  43. NA DEFE3/807 VM7975 pg 512
  44. NA DEFE3/807 VM7936 pg 470
  45. NA DEFE3/807 VM7985 pg 524
  46. LdZ - PRO AIR 40/1995.