Aufkl. Gr. 122 Sep 1943

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1 Sep 1943 – Sorties operated or planned by Aufklgr 122 this day included:- An aircraft of 1(F)./122 up from Ottana at 03.45 hrs Z for a western Mediterranean recce sortie; a Ju 88 07.15 hrs Z to 12.15 hrs Z another western Mediterranean recce sortie; Me 410 (of 2(F)./122) due up at 07.00 hrs Z for a recce of the Tyrrhenian Sea; another Me 410 due to take off on a sortie at 09.00 hrs Z; a Ju 88 due to take off at 11.30 hrs Z and another at 14.30 hrs Z.[1]

3 Sep 1943 – Sorties operated or planned by Aufklgr 122 included sending off a Ju 88 at 05.00 hrs Z; one Ju 88 in area 38.57 N 18.05 E at 13.30 hrs Z; one aircraft Alghero – Spartivento from 05.45 hrs Z to 11.00 hrs Z; one Ju 88 took off at 17.15 hrs Z from Frosinone; one Ju 88 operating from Fiosinone to Carbonara from 12.00 hrs Z to 15.15 hrs Z; an additional Ju 88 up from Frosinone at 17.00 hrs Z and an Me 410 of 2(F)./122 up at 05.30 hrs Z.[2]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
3 Sep 1943 4(F)./122 He 111H-16 Crashed at Sarabus, 60%, 2 killed and 1 injured.

4 Sep 1943 - Sorties operated or planned by Aufklgr 122 this day included:- 1 Ju 88 up at 03.30 hrs Z; Me 410 (2(F)./122) took off at 04.30 hrs Z; 1 Ju 88 up at 04.15 hrs; one aircraft operated from 09.00 hrs Z to 11.00 hrs Z off-shore Apulia.; 1 Me 410 due up 14.00 hrs Z; 1 Ju 88 due up at 15.45 hrs Z.[3]

Aircraft strength reported to 2nd Fliegerdivision – 1(F)./122 8 aircraft of which 4 serviceable.[4]

5 Sep 1943 – One aircraft of 1(F)./122 sortied at 15.45 hrs Z and two Ju 88s of 2(F)./122 at recorded as taking off for sorties at 22.00 hrs Z and 22.30 hrs Z.[5]

6 Sep 1943 – In the period up to what was to become the Salerno landings, Stab./122 was ordered to focus its main effort during the night of 5/6 September offshore of Sardinia to pick up Allied landing operations, especially from the area of Bizerta and harbours west of there as far as Bougie. It was also to reconnoitre offshore south of Naples and north of Sicily as far as Cap San Vito, east of Calabria, and west of Sicily as far as Syracuse to pick up any landings. On the morning of 6 September, F.A.Gr. 122 was to carry out offshore reconnaissance north and east of Sicily, together with photographic reconnaissance of designated areas including Santa Theresa di Riva. Watch was to be kept on Lipari Islands, offshore of Apulia, and sea reconnaissance was to be performed towards the west. In the afternoon there was to be offshore reconnaissance north and east of Sicily, over the Tyrrhenian sea, the area 38 to 39 North, 10 to 12 East, and sea reconnaissance south-east, and offshore of Apulia.[6]

Evening strength return for 1(F)./122 - 8 aircraft (3 serviceable) and 9 crews (6 ready).[7]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
6 Sep 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Damaged landing at Fp.Gostkino, 35%.

7 Sep 1943 – The Aufkl.Gr. 122 Intelligence Officer (Ic) reported that at 22.40 hrs the previous night two ships were sighted at Pl. Qu. 13 Ost 4967 on a heading of 270 degrees. In Pl.Qu.13 Ost 4984 another two ships were sighted.[6]

During the night of 7/8 September 1943 FAGr. 122 was to carry out sea reconnaissance north and east of Sicily and to cover the west and east coasts of Calabria, offshore reconnaissance of Apulia and sea areas between Naples and the north coast of Sicily was also to take place. The intention was that the recce sorties were to identify Allied transport ships being used for landings.[6]

In the forenoon the Gruppe was to carry out offshore reconnaissance of north and east Sicily, including aerial photographs of harbours and point of departure of enemy traffic beign used for the landings. There was to be a patrol of the Lipari Islands and the sea area between Naples and Sicily. Also in the forenoon, offshore reconnaissance was to be carried out of Apulia. In the afternoon FAGr. 122 was to carry out offshore reconnaissance north and east of Sicily, and the Tyrrhenian Sea, 13 Ost 09 and 19, along with sea reconnaissance south-east, offshore reconnaissance of Apulia.[6]

At 15.44 a Ju 88 coded F6 + EH of 1.(F)/122 took off on a sortie.[6]


9 Sep 1943 – Operation “Avalanche” – the Allied landings at Salerno S.E. of Naples.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
10 Sep 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Shot down by a fighter NE of Novgorod, 100%, 3 WIA.

10 Sep 1943 – 5(F)./122 operating on behalf of Luftflotte 1, photographed the airfield at Baranossowo, approx 30 km south of Kholm (Pl.Qu. 35 Ost 17151, 56.54.00 N 31.12.30 E, Target code SU 10 4665).[8]

5(F)./122 also photographed the landing ground at Filiksowo (Feliksovo) east of Leningrad and south of Lake Ladoga) (Pl. Q 36 Ost 10 224, 59.56.00 N 31.48.50 E) . The photgraphs were talen from 8200 m and showed a runway orientated N/S approx 725 m in length and 120 m wide with dispersal points to the west of the runway.[9]

10/11 Sep 1943 – Fliegerführer Luftflotte 2 requested that Hohentwiel equiped aircraft of Aufklgr.(F) 122 to support operations of II and III./KG 100 and KG 26 by finding targets for their operations that night.[10]

11 Sep 1943 - At 11:30 Ju 88 of 2(F)./122 (F6 + NK) took off for a reconnaissance to the south-east.[11]

At 13:00 Ju 88 of 2(f)./122 (F6 + JK) took off for offshore reconnaissance of Apulia. [11]

At 14:30 Me 410 from the same unit (F6 + ?K) took off to perform offshore reconnaissance between Cape Circeo and the Straits of Messina, the north Sicilian coast, and the Tyrrhenian sea, Pl.Qu. 14 Ost 00, 10, 20, 13 Ost 09, 19. [11]

12 Sep 1943 - The Allies carried out a bombing attack on Frosinone airfield resulting in ten personnel dead and fifteen wounded. The material damaged amounted to two aircraft destroyed and five damaged, while rendering the airfield unserviceable.

The Luftflotte 2 Chief QM signalled the Air Staff QMG. 4 Abt. on the evening of 14 September that the entire stock of GM-1 at Frosinone was destroyed by air attack, so supplies had to be sent to Rome/Guidonia instead.

After this raid 2.(F)/122 moved from Frosinone to Guidonia.[11]

67 Allied bombers attacked Frosinone airfield, with sticks laid across hangers and through dispersal areas.

He 111 F6+AM of 4(F)./122 operated a sea recce sortie from Sarabus over the south-eastern area of the Black Sea.[12][13]

14 Sep 1943 – He 111 F6+AM of 4(F)./122 operated a sea recce sortie Sarabus over the south-eastern area of the Black Sea.[14][15]

16 Sep 1943 – 5(F)./122 photographed the railway yards at Chwoinaja (Pl.Qu. 35 Ost 49241, 58.54.05N/34.30.00E, targer code SU 40 681).[16]

4(F)./122 Ju 88 F6+RM transfer flight to Saporoschie-Süd, Nikolojew-Ost and Sarabus.[17]

17 Sep 1943 – He 111 F6+CM operated several night flights.[18]

19 Sep 1943 – He 111 F6+CM of 4.(F)/122, operating from Sarabus, flew a sea reconnaissance sortie over the south-eastern sector of the Black Sea. On that sortie a freighter of 2,000 t was sighted in Quadrat 8275/34 Ost and one of 1,500 t was located in Quadrat 8288/34 Ost. Aircraft took off at 12.32 hrs and landed back at Sarabus at 18.33 hrs.[19][20]

20 Sep 1943 – Ju 88 F6+NM of 4.(F)/122, operating from Sarabus, flew a sea reconnaissance sortie over the south-eastern sector of the Black Sea. Two freighters, each of 1,500 t, were sighted on this sortie: one in Quadrat 7273/34 Ost and the other in Quadrat 7287/34 Ost. Aircraft was airborne between 11.57 and 16.33 hrs.[21][22]

21 Sep 1943 - At 12:00 an aircraft of AufklGr 122 flew reconnaissance over Apulia and the Gulf of Taranto.[11]

22 Sep 1943 - At 00:15 and 00:20 individual aircraft of AufklGr. 122 took off for reconnaissance west and south.[23]

At 06:00 a reconnaissance Ju 88 of AufklGr. 122 was due up to reconnoitre Apulia. [23]

From 06:15 to 09:45 a reconnaissance Ju 88 of AufklGr. 122 was to reconnoitre the Tyrrhenian Sea and search for a large convoy.[23]

Between 07:15 and 09:45 a Me 410 of AufklGr.122 flew photographic reconnaissance of Salerno and Palermo.[23]

At 11:30 Ju 88 5+MA took off, task Apulia.[23]

At 12:00 Ju 88 ‘F6 + HK’ of 2(F)./122 took off for a sortie to the harbours and airfields in Apulia.[23]

At 13:15 a Ju 88 of AufklGr.122 took off for reconnaissance of the Tyrrhenian Sea.[23]

22/23 Sep 1943 - From 00:40 to 04:55 a Ju 88 of Aufklgr.122 flew a reconnaissance sortie over the Gulf of Taranto. [23]

23 Sep 1943 - At 04:00 a Ju 88 of Aufklgr. 122 took off for a reconnaissance mission to the western portion of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

At 05:10 another Ju 88 of Aufklgr 122 took off to fly reconnaissance over the sea area between Sardinia – Sicily.

At 05:26 a Ju 88 of Aufklgr. 122 took off to reconnoiter Apulia.[23]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
23 Sep 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-2 Crashed at Lavansaari due to engine fire, 100%, 1 injured.

24 Sep 1943 – An aircraft from 5(F)./122 photographed the railway at Baranowka (Pl.Qu.35 Ost 58733, N 57.12.25 E 35.20.00)[24]

5(F)./122 also photographed the stores warehouses/compound at Manuschkino (Manushkino, Target code SU 23 267) and the bridge over the Wolchoff (Volkov, Target Code SU 43 267) to the south of this. (Pl.Q. 36 Ost 20342, 59.39.45 N 32.07.30E).[25]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
24 Sep 1943 2(F)./122 Me 410 41010031 Shot down by a fighter over Avellino, 100%, Obfw Arthur Kammberger (F) and Uffz Vitus Mirlach (Bf) both wounded.[26]
26 Sep 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 Damaged on landing at Fp.Gostkino, 30%.

27 Sep 1943 – 4(f)./122 photographed the area around Dshigingskoje. (Pl.Qu. 34 Ost 76752).[27]

28 Sep 1943 – Aufklgr 122 located at Guidonia.[28]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
28 Sep 1943 5(F)./122 Ju 88D-5 Returned to Fp.Gostkino shot up by a fighter, 35%, 2 WIA.
28 Sep 1943 2(F)./122 Me 410 F6+MK 1011 Lost east of Corsica – possibly shot down by a Cptn Gauthier of GC II/7. Crew status unknown – Ofw Kurt Räppold and Ofw Reinhard Beier.[29]

30 Sep 1943 – An aircraft of 5(F)./122 photographed the area around the “critical point” (Haltepunkt) at Artemowo (56.15.45N/31.09.15E).[30] In addition the area around Danskoje (56.34.30N/32.01.00E was also photographed.[31]

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  2. DEFE3/877 JP3256
  3. DEFE3/877 JP3356
  4. DEFE3/877 JP3339
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Andrew Arthy – Mediterranean Reconnaissance Information 2012
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  12. Adam Thomson – 4(F)./122 crew member log book see e-mail 17 Aug 2018
  13. Page from Flugbuch of Herbert Schulz. Flight No 249
  14. Adam Thomson – 4(F)./122 crew member log book see e-mail 17 Aug 2018
  15. Page from Flugbuch of Herbert Schulz. Flight No 250
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  17. Adam Thomson – 4(F)./122 crew member log book see e-mail 17 Aug 2018
  18. Adam Thomson – 4(F)./122 crew member log book see e-mail 17 Aug 2018
  19. Page from Flugbuch of Herbert Schulz. Flight No 257 via Remi Traconelli
  20. Adam Thomson – 4(F)./122 crew member log book see e-mail 17 Aug 2018
  21. Page from Flugbuch of Herbert Schulz. Flight No 258 via Remi Traconelli
  22. Adam Thomson – 4(F)./122 crew member log book see e-mail 17 Aug 2018
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 23.6 23.7 23.8 Andrew Arthy – Airwar Mediterranean research 2012
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  29. Pausey - F122 losses May –Dec 1943
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