Aufkl. Gr. 122 May 1943

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May 1943 - In early May 2(F)./122 reported 7(5) Ju 88s, 1(1) Me 210 and 4(0) Me 410s on strength at Frosinone under Stab/Aufkl.Gr.122.[1]

1 May 1943 - At 09:00 a Ju 88 of 1.(F)/122 flew sea reconnaissance Algiers – Alboran. Reconnaissance was unsuccessful due to bad weather. The aircraft landed at 15:41.

At 18:15 three destroyers were seen in 03 Ost 8843, course 110 degrees.[2]

6 May 43: Stab./122 reported one liaison/courier plane on strength, but the type was not stated.[3]

1(F)./122, operating under Fliegerkorps II, sent out a number of aircraft (4 Ju 88 and 2 Me 109) departing between 04.30 and 14.00 hrs Z to search for a large eastbound convoy, and the last aircraft was to perform an off-shore recce between Cape Tenes and Cape Serrat also in order to attempt to pick up this convoy.[4]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
6 May 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 430697 Crashed at Fp.Gostkino, 100%, Oblt. Robert Quel (pilot) injured.
7 May 1943 4(F)./122 Ju 88A-4 Shot down by AA-fire in Pl.Qu.0741/43 East, 100%,4 MIA.
7 May 1943 3(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 430693 Force landing Schipol, 10% damage.[5]

7 May 43 - Hptm Lothar Otto was awarded the Frontflugspange in Gold after 110 operational missions against the enemy.

8 May 1943 – 4(F)./122 photographed the airfield at Abinskaja (Abinsk) (SU 10 3737, Pl. Qu. 34 Ost 85151, 44.54 N 38.11 E). Subsequent analysis of the photographs showed 19 Lagg and 1 Airacobra on the airfield.[6]

9 May 1943 - 1(F)./122 ordered to transfer to Frosinone/C Italy this date, but this was apparently cancelled.[7] Two aircraft of 3.(F)/122 were on operations over the North Sea and were tracked by British radio between 2050 - 2230 hours. The frequencies used by the aircraft were 5684 and 4614 mcs.[8]

10 May 1943 – 1(F)./122 sortie to the area NW of Bougie on the Algerian Coast. O Hptm. Otto handed command of 3 Staffel to Hptm. Wieser at Schiphol. (Otto did not survive the war - he was killed on 13 March 45 near Flammersfeld/Westerwald.)[9]

12 May 43 - 1(F)./122’s 4 Ju 88s were at Decimo and the Bf 109s at Elmas.[10] Surrender of Axis forces in Tunisia ending the North African Campaign.

13 May 1943 - 2.(F)/122 was at Frosinone.ref name="ftn219a">A.Arthy Ultra ML1953</ref>

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
12 May 1943 1(F)./122 Bf 109G-4 R3+X5 Shot down by a Spitfire off Cape Bougeron/Algeria, 100%, Oblt. Hans Kühne captured.[11]
13 May 1943 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+ML Shot down by a fighter over Slavyanskaya/N Caucasia, 100%,4 MIA.

15 May 1943 – 4(F)./122 continued operations over the Kuban bridgehead.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
15 May 1943 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+OM Failed to return from a sortie over the Kuban bridgehead and believed to have been shot down by a fighter, 100%,4 KIA.

16 May 1943 – sorties to the area bordered by Medjez el Bab and Kairouan.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
16 May 1943 2(F)./122 Me 410 F6+YK Failed to return from sortie to the SW of Tunis, 100%, 1 KIA and 1 MIA. This marks the first loss of an improved Me 410 by the Staffel, which it began receiving in April 1943.[12] Lt. Bruno Lessen (F) missing and Uffz. Willi Keller (Bf) killed.[13]

Probably shot down SW of Pantelleria by Allied aircraft.[14]

17 May 1943 - The Luftwaffe Order of Battle[15] recorded the following:-

1(F)./122 under the control of Luftflotte 2 in the Mediterranean with a mixed stock of Ju 88 and Bf 109 aircraft – 12 on strength of which 5 were servicable.

2(F)./122 under Luftflotte 2 with a mixed stock of Ju 88 and Me 210/410 aircraft – 12 on strength of which 4 were servicable.

3(F)./122 under Luftflotte 3, in the West, with 11 Ju 88 of which 5 were servicable.

4(F)./122 under Luftflotte 4, on the Southern Sector of the Eastern Front, with 12 Ju 88 aircraft of which 9 were servicable.

5(F)./122 under Luftflotte 1, on the Northern Sector of the Eastern Front, with 10 Ju 88 on strength of which 7 were servicable.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
18 May 1943 1(F)./122 Bf 109G-4 19200[16] Crashed in the south of Sardinia due to engine trouble. 100%, Oblt. Hans Marquardt injured.
19 May 1943 2(F)./122 Me 410 F6+ZK 175 Recce mission to the Tripoli-Gabes-Sfax-Sousse area. Failed to return - no details, 100%. Fw. Hans Fehn (F)and Uffz. Heinrich Eggerking (Bf) both missing.[17]
20 May 1943 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1trop F6+KH 430534 Missing off the Sardinian Coast, 100%, Lt Wolfgang Schindler & three crew KIA.[18]

21 May 1943 – 5(F)./122 photographed the area around Babanowo (59.53.50N/31.42.30E).[19]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
28 May 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Crash landed at Tallinn-Laksberg/Estonia due to technical problems, 25%.




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Images of 1(F).122 Bf 109Fs provided by Adam Thompson

  1. LdZ - ULTRA Signals ML1357 and ML1953.
  2. BA-MA RL 2 II/302 via Andrew Arthy.
  3. LdZ - ULTRA ML1357.
  4. DEFE3/814 ML1450 pg 488
  5. Luftwaffe Quartermaster General loss returns dated 22 May 1943, sheet 14, item 237
  7. LdZ - ULTRA ML1619.
  8. Air 22/498 via Adam Thompson
  9. Rob van den Nieuwendijk 2004
  10. LdZ - P/W interrogation CSDIC AFHQ A.21.
  11. LdZ - LRs, but also see CSDIC AFHQ A.21. See also Rosch pages 45 & 144 (likely that this code is for an aircraft transferred in from an unknown unit.
  12. LdZ - Defieux-op cit.
  13. Wadman/Hopp – Me 410 Incidents.
  14. Pausey – F122 losses May –Dec 1943 (AIR40/2431)
  15. Price – LDB (Greenhill)
  16. LW Quartermaster Returns – 28 May 1943 Sheet 7 entry 87
  17. Wadman/Hopp – Me 410 Incidents (LL 26.05.43/WASt)
  18. Pausey – F122 losses May –Dec 1943 (Wkr Nr and aircraft commander’s name)