Aufkl. Gr. 122 May 1941

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2 May 1941 – At 22.55 hrs an aircraft of 4(F)./122 (under the control of Luftflotte 2) attacked a 3,000 t freighter 30 km northeast of Cromer. The aircrew reported two near misses close to the ships bow and two hits with a hint of a fire – they claimed that the ship was badly damaged.[1]

3 May 1941 – two aircraft from 4(F)./122 were operating off the East Anglian coast (35 km northeast of Gt. Yarmouth). At 22.40 hrs one attacked a 5,000 t steamer with 2 SC 250 and 2 SC 500 bombs. Claimed the ship as damaged. At 23.00 hrs the second aircraft attacked a 3,000 t streamer with 4 SC 250 bombs – the ship was attacked from a height of 50 m and one hit was obtained amidships causing a list and smoke.[2]

4 May 1941 – At 23.35 hrs an aircraft of 1(F)./122 dropped 4 SC 250 on a 2000 t steamer east of Cromer – the aircraft’s crew reported two hits amidships with smoke and flames developing.[3]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
5 May 1941 2(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 F6+DK 0332[4] Shot down -no details, 100%, Oblt. Hans Steffan (B), Ofw. Kurt Fischer (F), Uffz. Hans Nattkemper (Bf) and Uffz. Andreas Dietel all MIA[5]

8 May 1941 – At 00.28 hrs an aircraft of 1(F)./122 attacked a 4,000 t streamer north of Cromer with 2 SC 250 bombs. Apparently the second of the two bombs exploded amidships causing a large amount of smoke to emit from the ship. The crew imdicated that further observations were not possible due to strong return fire.[6]

An aircraft of 2(F)./122 claimed to have damaged a 1,000 t freighter 20 km northeast of Cromer, dropping 4 SC 250s. The aircraft’s crew reported one hit amidships causing a lot of smoke.[7]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
8 May 1941 5(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 0589 Sustained 15% damage in combat with an enemy fighter near Portland, Dorset. [8]

9 May 1941 – At 02.02 hrs an aircraft of 1(F)./122 attacked a 3,000 t steamer northeast of The Wash. The aircraft dropped two SD 50 bombs – one bomb landed ahead of the ship and the other in the ships wake. The aircraft also attacked the ship with MG fire.[9]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
10-11 May 1941 3(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+LL 0445 [10] Crashed off Dutch coast – all of the crew were killed. Circumstances and mission are currently unknown.
16 May 1941 Erg.(F)/122 Ju 88A-5 0459 [11] Crash landed at Brussels-Melsbroeck, 50%.
18 May 1941 4(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 0695 Crashed due to engine damage – 100%. [12]
30 May 1941 Erg.(F)/122 Ju 88A-1 0388 [13] Crash landed at Brussels-Melsbroeck, 40%.

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  1. Anlage 8 Lagebericht 614 pg 1
  2. Anlage 8 Lagebericht 614 pg 1
  3. Anlage 8 Lagebericht 614 pg 2
  4. Remi Tracanelli – via e-mail 10/04/05 – wk nr
  5. Lw. Qu.Mast. Gen returns 7 may 1941
  6. Anlage 8 Lagebericht 614 pg 3
  7. Anlage 8 Lagebericht 614 pg 4
  8. T Remi Tracanelli – via e-mail 10/04/05 – full loss details
  9. Anlage 8 Lagebericht 614 pg 4
  10. Remi Tracanelli – via e-mail 10/04/05 – codes and wk nr
  11. Remi Tracanelli – via e-mail 10/04/05 – wk nr
  12. Remi Tracanelli – via e-mail 10/04/05 – full loss details
  13. Remi Tracanelli – via e-mail 10/04/05 – wk nr