Aufkl. Gr. 122 Oct 1943

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Oct 43 -Following the evacuation of the Kuban bridgehead by German forces, 4(F)./122 transferred from Sarabus to Nikolayev-East.[1]

5 Oct 1943 – German troops complete the evacuation of Corsica.

7 Oct 1943 – 1(F)./122 now located at Athens-Kalamaki in Greece under FAGr.4.[2]

2(F)./122 was transferred to Perugia/C Italy and remained there through April 1944. Shortly after arriving, a second Arado Ar 240 (Werknummer 004) was received for evaluation. During its first operational sortie 8 days later it developed engine trouble and had to be sent back to Oranienburg/Germany for repairs.[3]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
8 Oct 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-5 Shot down by a fighter at Krasnyy Bor, 100%,4 KIA.
10 Oct 1943 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Crashed SW of Perugia due to engine failure, 100%, 3 injured.
14 Oct 1943 2(F)./122 Me 410A-1 F6+XK 100212 Shot down by Spitfires near Bari while reconnoitring along the routeTermoli-Bari, 100%, the crew, of Lt Werner Hirschfelder (F) and Obgfr. Helmut Seidel, were reported missing. [4]
18 Oct 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Shot down by AA-fire in the Luga area, 100%, 2 KIA.
20 Oct 1943 1(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 F6+AH 430213 Aircraft failed to return from a recce to Alexandria/Egypt, 100%, Oblt. Walter Panchyrz (pilot), Oblt. Herbert König (observer), Uffz Jacob Dollinger and Gefr. Wilhelm Maschke all MIA.[5]
21 Oct 1943 1(F)./122 Ju 88A-4trop F6+PH 5745 Failed to return from sortie to the SE of Rhodes, 100%, Lt Christoff Hammann and three crew MIA.[6]
21 Oct 1943 2(F)./122 Me 410 F6+OK 100114 Failed to return - no details, 100%, 2 crew, consisting of Ofw Ernst Oschmann(F) and Uffz Heinz Pawlik (Bf), missing.[7]

26 Oct 1943 – 5(F)./122 transferred from Luga-Gostkino to Pskov-South on or about this date.[8]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
28 Oct 1943 2(F)./122 Me 410A-1 10184 Accidently damaged by German Flak, 80%, Fw Werner Dus (F) and Uffz Rudolf Rikler (Bf) both wounded.[9]

30 Oct 1943 - Oblt. Hans Strassmeier of 2(F)./122 wounded during Allied bombing of Fp.Perugia.


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