Aufkl. Gr. 122 Oct 1942

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Oct 1942 - 1(F)./122 flew recce over Malta in preparation for II.Fliegerkorp’s last major air attacks on the British island fortress, apparently without loss.[1]

1 Oct 1942 – 3/122, this unit, which had not operated during the greater part of September 1942 and had operations at the end of this month with one or two coastal security patrols, began a new energetic routine, Four aircraft operated daily, two at dawn and two at dusk, one off the East Coast and one off the Dutch coast. The morning East coast flight operated as far as Flamborough Head, the evening one only into the Thames Estuary or off the East Anglian coast. This continued fairly regularly until 16 October, though towards the end of this period the two operations (East coast and Dutch coast) were being run together into one flight.[2]

2 Oct 1942 - A 1(F)./122 Bf 109F-4 crash landed at Catania sustaining 45% damage.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
2 Oct 1942 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Force landed at Tasha due to engine trouble, 80%, 1 injured.

9 Oct 1942 - 3(F)./122 transferred from Creil to Amsterdam-Schiphol and remained there until the end of March 1944.[2] At the same time, the Staffel began training with FW 190s for use in the single-seat reconnaissance role. But these plans were abandoned during the second half of November 1942 with the arrival of NAGr.13 in France.

10 Oct 1942 – Axis air forces commence a major offensive against Malta.

11 Oct 1942 – 2(F)./122 flew a sortie towards the Straits of Gibraltar. 3(F)./122 returned to Schiphol near Amsterdam.[3]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
11 Oct 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+KK 430319 Damaged in combat with two Gibraltar-based Spitfires while flying recce sortie approximately 40-50 km E of Gibraltar and crash landed at Melilla in Spanish Morocco, sustaining severe damage to it’s engines, propellers and underbelly. Claimed by F/O(?) H.A. Crafts (“B” Flight Cdr) “Y” Sqdn – Gibraltar Defence Flt.[4]F

17 Oct 1942 – 3 (F)./122 operated only a single evening flight and until 23 Oct there were no operations at all.[2]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
18 Oct 1942 3(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 43?139 Shot down at 0730 hours by Spitfires 15 kilometres north of Dunkirk - The Spitfires belonged to 19 Squadron - F/L A J Andrews DFC and Sgt D H Day. Entire crew lost their lives: Pilot: Oberfeldwebel Herbert Moll, obs.: Oberleutnant Arthur Erber, flight engineer: Gefreiter Max Schichl and air gunner: Unteroffizier Johann Schlotter.[5]

23 Oct 1942 - From this date onwards 3(F)./122 only set out one aircraft in the evening, covering the sea area between the Dutch and East Anglian coasts.[2]

5(F)./122 sent an aircraft to photograph Ust Ishora (Ust-Izhora) on the south side of the Newa (Neva) river near Leningrad (Target Code SU 97 23031; Pl. Qu 36 Ost 00 271; 59 48 50N 30 34 10E).[6]

On 23, 25, 27 and 31 Oct. 3(F)./122 also operated in the Channel during the afternoon.[2]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
24 Oct 1942 3(F)./122 FW 190A-3 Crash landed at Fp.Monchy-Breton near St-Pol in NE France, 25%.
27 Oct 1942 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+NM Shot down by AA-fire over Tuapse, 100%,4 MIA.
27 Oct 1942 3(F)./122 Ju 88 430100 Crash landed at Schiphol. Leutnant Hans Menne (pilot) and flight engineer Feldwebel Bernard Tabert were killed. Observer Unteroffizier Walter Pilz and gunner Gefreiter Hans Roozen escaped uninjured. Tabert and Menne were buried with military honours at the Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery on 30 Oct 42.[7]

30 Oct 1942 – 5(F)./122 photographed a divisional command post 3km northwest of Bagolinik (59.34.45N/32.00.10E).[8]


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