Aufkl. Gr. 122 Sep 1943

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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.

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

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

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).[2]

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.[3]

11 Sep 1943 - At 11:30 Ju 88 of 2(F)./122 (F6 + NK) took off for a reconnaissance to the south-east.[4]

At 13:00 Ju 88 of 2(f)./122 (F6 + JK) took off for offshore reconnaissance of Apulia. [4]

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. [4]

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.[4]

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

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).[5]

21 Sep 1943 - At 12:00 an aircraft of AufklGr 122 flew reconnaissance over Apulia and the Gulf of Taranto.[4]

22 Sep 1943 - At 00:15 and 00:20 individual aircraft of AufklGr. 122 took off for reconnaissance west and south.[6]

At 06:00 a reconnaissance Ju 88 of AufklGr. 122 was due up to reconnoitre Apulia. [6]

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.[6]

Between 07:15 and 09:45 a Me 410 of AufklGr.122 flew photographic reconnaissance of Salerno and Palermo.[6]

At 11:30 Ju 88 5+MA took off, task Apulia.[6]

At 12:00 Ju 88 ‘F6 + HK’ of 2(F)./122 took off for a sortie to the harbours and airfields in Apulia.[6]

At 13:15 a Ju 88 of AufklGr.122 took off for reconnaissance of the Tyrrhenian Sea.[6]

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. [6]

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.[6]

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)[7]

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).[8]

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.[9]
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).[10]

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.[11]

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).[12] In addition the area around Danskoje (56.34.30N/32.01.00E was also photographed.[13]


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