Aufkl. Gr. 122 Sep 1942

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Sep 1942 - Elements of the 2(F)./122 temporarily detached at Heraklion flying recce missions over the eastern Mediterranean and Egypt.[1]

4(F)./122 moved forward to Maikop in North Caucasia at the end of August or beginning of September.[2]

3 Sep 1942 – 4(F)./122 recorded at Armawir.[3]

5 Sep 1942 - Hptm. Klaus Otto (2.(F)/122) was wounded during Allied air attack on Fp.Heraklion/Crete.

An aircraft of 5(F)./122 controlled by FAGr 1, and operating under Luftflotte 1, took a series of photographs of the Gulf of Finland together with a number of airfields in the vicinity of Leningrad.[4]

6 Sep 1942 - 5(F)./122 completed it 2000th war flight with a sortie by F6+PN, flying from Gosstkino, to Leningrad and Lake Ladoga. This was flown by the following crew:- Lt. Werner Breese (F), Oblt. Misselwitz (B), Fw. Koch (Bf) and Uffz. Fink (Bm) - see also this page - 5(F)./122 2000th Sortie[5]

5Staffel 122 web copy.jpg The person with a “2” around his neck is Hptm Werner Breese who was awarded the DKiG on 21 Aug 1942 and the Ritterkreuz on 29th Feb 1944. (e-mail 26th August 2005 Stefan Kruse)

8 Sep 1942 – Russian bombing raid on Fp Maikop.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
8 Sep 1942 4(F)./122 Ju 88D-5 Destroyed in enemy bombing raid on Fp.Maikop, 95%.

10 Sep 1942 – 4(F)./122 sortie to photograph the airfield at Abascha (Abasha), Georgia. (44 Ost 23721, 42.14.10 N 42.11.40 E)[6]

15 Sep 1942- 5(F)./122 photo recce sortie to Leningrad. Included photographing the “Maschinenfabrik “Kirow”” (Target code SU 78 2) target was photographed from 7500 m. (36 Ost 00151, 30.14.30E/59.52.30N).[7]

16 Sep 1942 – 5.(F)/122 recce sortie to Leningrad. Sortie included taking photographs of the Morskoj canal, the OBV canal and the Jekateringovka river.[8]

5(F)./122 photographed Awtowo – crew of Lt. Sauermann (B).[9] Also photographed the railway yards at Chwoinaja (34.30.00 E/ 58.54.05N)[10]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
16 Sep 1942 3(F)./122 Ju 88A-4 Damaged undercarriage landing at Fp.Creil, 15%.
18 Sep 1942 4(F)./122 Ju 88D F6+FM Failed to return from a recce to the Kutaisi area in Soviet Georgia, 100%, Oblt. Hans Schirmer + 3 MIA (but all later returned).

21 Sep 1942 – A Ju 88D-5 "trop" of 1(F)./122 reported a damaged fuselage at Fp.Heraklion/Crete, (40%).

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
23 Sep 1942 4(F)./122 Ju 88D Damaged at Fp.Maikop, 20%

25 Sep 1942 – 3./122 flew 3 patrols along the Dutch coast.[11]

29 Sep 1942 - 3./122 flew 2 patrols along the Dutch coast.[11] 5(F)./122 sortie(s) to the area south-east of Leningrad.[12]

30 Sep 1942 – 5(F)./122 photographed the rail yards at Babajewo[13]


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