Aufkl. Gr. 123 1942

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1 Jan 1942 – On this date aircraft of 2(F)123 currently in Africa are ordered to return to Greece.[1]

1 Feb 1942 – Hptm. Armin Göbel appointed Staka 1(F)./123.[2]

15 Feb 1942 – 2(F)./123 sortie to Alexandria. Ju 88D-1 (4U+BK, Wnr 881223) failed to return from this sortie.[3]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
15 Feb 1942 2(F)./123 Ju 88D-1 4U+HK 1223 MIA north-west of Alexandria. Uffz Albert Mühlhaupt (F), Lt Hans Zenker (B) and two others KIA.[4]

9 Apr 1942 – 2(F)./123 sortie to Alexandria.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
2(F)./123 Ju 88D-5 4U+JK 1541 Shot down by Hurricane of 213 Sqdn on Fleet patrol off Alexandria. Aircraft.[5]

27 Apr 1942 – 1(F)./123 sent one Ju 88 on a sortie to Bath plus anti-shipping reconnaissance in the Bristol Channel. [6]

29 Apr 1942 – 3(F)./123 sent a 1 Bf 109F-5 from Lannion which circled the Bristol and Bath area from 11.31 hrs. Drop tanks from this aircraft fell at Pill around 12.00 hrs. Photos were taken of Nailsea, Avonmouth and Bath.[7]

May 1942 – at this time Hptm. Hermann Palm was Staka of 3(F)./123.[2]

4 May 1942 – 3(F)./123 sent Ju 88 4U+EL (Ltn. Blenders) to light up Cowes (nr Portsmouth) – sortie startede at 22.13 hrs and finished landing at Creil at 00.24 hrs. 4U+EL sustained flak damage but no injuries.[8]

22 May 1942 – 17.57 hrs Ju 88 (Ltn Wichert) sortied from Lannion to England returning at 22.43 hrs.[8]

30 May 1942 – Ju 88D (4U+FK) of 2.(F)/123 flew a sea reconnaissance between El Daba and Alexandria.[9]

14 Jun 1942 – An aircraft of 2(F)./123 photographed the convoy “MW 11” which had sailed from Alexandria on 11 June 1942.[10]

17 Jun 1942 – Photo recce by aircraft of 2(F)./123 of Alexandria Harbour revealed the following – 1 Battleship Queen Elizabeth Class in floating dock; 2 cruisers of Southampton class; 3 cruisers of Dido class; 1 cruiser of Aurora class; 1 AC cruiser; 14 destroyers (one of which in dry dock); 9 escort vessels; 4 submarines; 2 hospital ships (one of which aground); 4 passenger ships; 5 tamkers and 37 freighters.[11]

18 Jun 1942 – Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 sent by Fliegerkorps X on photo recce sortie to Quantara – Senke area.[12]

Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 14.00 hrs Z for an off-shore recce from Sidi Barani – Alexandria.[13]

19 Jun 1942 – 6 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 were sent up at 04.00 hrs Z for sea recce of eastern area, aircraft down by 08.00 hrs Z – convoy of 13 units including 6 freighters seen heading to Alexandria, presumed to be a convoy from Tobruck which had previously been sighted by Luftwaffe units on 18 Jun 1942.[14]

Also 1 Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 was sent off at 05.00 hrs Z for a photographic recce sortie covering airfields in the Sidi Barani – Fuka area.[15] Aircraft landed at 10.00 hrs Z.[16]

20 Jun 1942 – 2(F)./123 photograhed the following North African airfields – Sidi Azzeiz, Amseat, Sollum, Halfaya, Gasr El Arid (North and South), Bir Tashida, Amseat II, Zaweit El Hachina and Capuzzo. Tented ancampment south of Sollum and Halfaya Pass unchanged.[17]

6 JU 88 of 2(F)./123 operated at 03.00 hrs Z for sea recce of the eastern area. In addition a Ju 88 of the same unit landed at 05.15 hrs Z following a photo recce of the Sollum area.[18]

Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 14.20 hrs Z for an off-shore recce from Sidi Barani to Alexandria, the aircraft landed back at 18.00 hrs Z.[19]

21 Jun 1942 – 1 Ju 88 and 1 Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 landed at 09.30 hrs Z after performing a photo recce sortie covering the area Mersa Matruh to Alexandria. Mersa Matruh railway photographed. Accurate Flak experienced at Halfaya, Zigdin El Ahmar and Abu Misheifa.[20]

1 Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 left Gadurra (Rhodes) at 04.00 hrs Z on a sortie, landing at Kastelli at 10.00 hrs Z following and intermediate landing at Gadurra. [21] This aircraft photographed the south coast of Cyprus as far as Famagusta, airfields in the Nicosia area and troop concentrations at Karavostasi. Visual observation revealed no troop concentrations at Karavostasi.[22]

22 Jun 1942 – 2 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123 took off at 04.00 hrs Z to carry out photographic and visual reconnaissance of roads and railway from Sollum to Alexandria and or airfields from Sollum to Fuka. From visual recce the following was found – very heavy traffic moving east on the road Sollumto Mersa Matruh; very heavy railway traffic in both directions on the route Mersa Matruh – Abu Feidan; Abu Feidan – Sollum , no traffic observed.[23]

Other activity that day included additional sorties by 3 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123.[24]

1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 sent off at 14.30 hrs Z for off-shore recce of the North African coast from Sidi Barrani to Alexandria.[25]

23 Jun 1942 – 4 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123 in conjunction with aircraft of I./LG 1 took off at 04.00 hrs Z for a reconnaissance of the eastern area. [26]

1 Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 took off at 04.30 hrs Z on a photo recce sortie to the Quattara Depression. This aircraft landed at 05.30 hrs Z, sortie abandoned due to technical issues.[27]

1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 05.00 hrs Z on a sortie to photo the roads and railway in the Fuka to Alexandria area. Again this sortie was broken off due to technical issues.[28]

A Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 then took off at 09.00 hrs Z to perform the sorties that had to be broken off earlier – photo recce of the roads and railway from Fuka to Alexandria and of the Quatara Depression.[29]

Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 landed at 17.15 hrs following a photo recce of the road from Sidi Barrani to Fuka and the railway from Mersa Matruh to Fuka. A Ju 86 landed at 15.30 hrs Z after a photo recce sortie to the area from Qutaifiya to Burg El Arab. Another Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 landed at 18.30 hrs Z following an off shore recce of the North African coast from Sidi Barrani to Alexandria. [30]

24 Jun 1942 - 3(F)./123 sent a sortie from Lannion at 05.28 hrs up St Georges Channel, across Wales, down the Bristol Channel and across the Scilly Isles and back to Lannion at 10.44 hrs. This was a “first flight” for a newly constituted crew.[8]

2(F)./123 operated 3 Ju 88s from 03.00 hrs to 10.00 hrs Z on recce of the eastern area.[31]

1 Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 photograhed roads and railway from Mersa Matruh to Alexandria operating between 06.00 hrs and 12.00 hrs Z.[32]

In addition a Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 performed an off-shore recce from Sidi Barrani to Alexandria between 14.00 and 18.00 hrs Z.[33]

25 Jun 1942 – A Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 landed at 12.00 hrs Z following a photo and visual recce sortie of the roads and railway between Mersa Metruh and Alexandria, in addition it had a look at Alexandria Harbour. Results of the visual recce included – 3000 approx. motor vehicles between Mersa Metruh and Alexandria, mainly moving eas and El Daba railway station heavily occupied.[34]

A total of 3 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123 were despatched for recce of the “eastern area”. A further Ju 88 of this unit took off at 13.00 hrs Z on an offshore recce sortie covering the area between Mersa Metruh and Alexandria.[35]

26 Jun 1942 – 1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took of at 03.45 hrs Z for a photo recce sortie covering the area between Mersa Metruh and the Siwa Oasis.[36]

5 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 were up from 04.00 hrs Z on a sea recce of the “Eastern Area” - these aircraft had landed by 08.00 hrs Z.[37]

A single Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 04.15 hrs Z to perform a photo recce sortie covering roads, railways and airfileds in the area Mersa Metruh to El Alamein, the aircraft landed at 08.15 hrs Z. The aircraft photographed motor transport concentrations and field positions between El Alamein and the Qattara Depression. Constructions of field positions, facing north and northwest, was observed at Bir El Mukheisin as well as strong field positions on the chain of heights at Qattara.[38]

Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 landed at 10.10 hrs Z following a photo recce sortie of Alexandria Harbour and the seaplane base at Natrun together with the road west of the Nile. This aircraft was attacked by an Allied aircraft on the return leg of the sortie (the aircraft was believed to be a Spitfire) at approx 11300 m, an unexploded cannon shell was lodged in the cockpit and the pilot lost consciousness from lack of oxygen. However, he did succeed in returning to base on one engine. [39] [40]

A Ju 88, also of 2(F)./123, took off at 13.00 hrs Z for an offshore recce covering the area between Sidi Barrani and Alexandria.[41]

27 Jun 1942 - 1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 03.00 hrs Z for a photo recce sortie covering the area from Mersa Matruh to the Siwa Oasis.[42]

4 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123 took part in a sea recce of the “eastern area”, taking off at approx. 04.00 hrs Z.[43]

1 Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 took off at 04.30 hrs Z for a photo recce of the area between Alexandria and Cairo, it landed at 09.30 hrs Z.[44]

1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 landed at 18.15 hrs Z following a sea recce sortie that covered the area from Cape Kenayis to Alexandria.[45]

2(F)./123 had 3 aircraft serviceable out of 11 available.[46]

28 Jun 1942 – At 02.55 hrs Z a JU 88 of 2(F)./123 took off on a photo recce sortie covering the area encompassed by El Daba – El Alamein – Qattara Depression. The aircraft landed at 07.00 hrs having completed the assigned task.[47]

4 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123 took off at 03.53 hrs for a sea recce between 22 East and Alexandria.[48] This was completed by 08.45 hrs Z.[49]

A single Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 was despatched to photograph Haifa and Beirut, it was to use Gadurra as an intermediate landing ground.[50]

One Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 was required to photograph “construction” in the Nile Valley.[51]

29 Jun 1942 – 1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 02.30 hrs Z to photograph Haifa and Beirut.

2 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 were sent off at 03.30 hrs Z as part of the sea recce sorties to the “eastern area”.[52] One of these Ju 88s landed at 07.45 hrs Z having photographed Acre as well as Haifa harbour and oil depot together with Beirut harbour. It reported that from visual recce Beirut harbour was unoccupied. [53]

1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 was sent off, at 13.30 hrs Z, for an offshore recce covering the North African coast from Cape Kanais (Ras El Kanais) to Alexandria, this aircraft landed at 18.00 hrs Z having observed 4 patrol boats and a minesweeper off Alexandria Harbour.[54]

30 June 1942 – 2(F)./123 had 5 aircraft serviceable.[55]

1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 11.30 hrs Z on a sea recce in the area Beirut – Haifa – Port Said also making a photo recce of Beirut and Haifa harbours.[56] This aircraft landed at 18.00 hrs Z, the interpretation of the photographs of Haifa and Beirut included the following information:-

At Haifa – one escort vessel ; one guardship; 4 tankers; 7 freighters.

At Beirut – 3 small vessels; 5 freighters; one freighter off St Georges Bay.

Defensive AA at Haifa was reported to be inaccurate. This aircraft was pursued by two fighters from Haifa to Beirut. The sea recce intended for the route Haifa – Beirut – Crete was not carried out due to fuel shortage.[57]

1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 wa sent off at 13.30 hrs Z for a sea recce of the North African coast from Cape Kanais (Ras El Kanais) to Alexandria.[58] This sortie was abandoned due to technical issues and the aircraft landed at 16.45 hrs Z.[59]

1 Jul 1942 – 3 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123 took off at 11.30 hrs Z on a sea recce of the “Eastern Area” with no sightings, these aircraft had landed by 16.30 hrs Z.[60]

1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 was sent on a photo recce covering the following : Haifa – Beirut – Port Said.[61] Photo recce of Haifa and Beirut at approx 14.00 hrs Z revealed the following:-

Haifa – 2 ships (possibly cruisers); 3 destoyers; 4 escort vessels; 3 small naval vessels; 1 hospital ship; 8 freighters; 1 passenger ship and 4 tankers.

Beirut – 7 small freighters and 2 tankers.[62]

2 Jul 1942 – 3 Ju 88s from 2(F)./123 and 1 Ju88 from Westa 26 took off at approx., 04.10 hrs Z for a recce of the “Eastern Area”.[63]

1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 11.00 hrs Z for a sea recce mission that covered Port Said, Haifa and Beirut – if possible it was instructed to photograph Haifa and Beirut.[64] Haifa harbour and airfield photographed, Beirut not photographed due to camera failure. Visual recce of Port Said revealed the following:- 2 Medium vessels entering the harbour with two others in the harbour.[65]

Beirut harbour – 1 patrol vessel leaving, 3 medium motor vessels and possibly 10 barges.[66]

Another Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 13.30 hrs Z for a sea recce of the area encompassing Arab’s Gulf (Khalij el-Arab) as far as Alexandria.[67] Aircraft landed at 17.00 hrs Z.[68]

3 Jul 1942 – Starting from 04.00 hrs Z 2 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123 together with an aircraft of Westa 26 were sent out on a sea recce sortie covering the east coast of Crete, Alexandria and the coast as far as Haifa.[69]

2(F)./123 strength 11 aircraft of which 8 serviceable.[70]

Photo recce of Suez Harbour by a Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took place, the aircraft had landed by 22.00 hrs Z. Visual recce of the anchorage identified 49 vessels of which 12 were fairly large merchant ships. Accurate and heavy Flak prevented an exact visual recce. As the aircraft made its way back the crew observed a fighter screen established over Cairo.[71]

4 Jul 1942 – Bir El Abd was to be serviceable for night landings, in addition supplies of DK1 had been sent to this airfield as it was intended for it 'to be used by Ju 86 aircraft from 2(F)./123.[72]

5 Jul 1942 – Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 02.30 hrs Z for photo recce mission to Suez.[73] This appears to have been completed by 08.45 hrs Z.[74]

A further 3 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123 took off at 03.50 hrs Z for a sea recce sortie covering the coast of Crete to Alexandria and then on to Haifa.[75] These aircraft landed at 09.30 hrs Z following the photo recce of Haifa harbour – they reported encountering heavy but inaccurate flak at Haifa.[76]

1 JU 86 of 2(F)./123 was up at 11.00 hrs Z on a mission to photograph the area west of the Nile Delta.[77]This aircraft was unable to carry out the mission due to technical difficulties and landed at Qoteifiya (?).[78]

Total aircraft available to 2(F)./123 on this day reported as 11 with only 2 serviceable.[79]

6 Jul 1942 – all Ju 86 aircraft of Fliegerkorps X reported as being unserviceable.[80]

Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 was sent off at 05.40 hrs Z for a photo recce sortie covering Beirut, Tripoli and Famagusta. The aircraft landed at 13.00 hrs Z following an intermediate stop at Gadurra (Rhodes).[81]

2 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123 (together with one from Westa 26) set off at 10.15 hrs Z on a sea recce flight from the east coast of Crete to Alexandria and Haifa and to photograph Port Said.[82] This was completed at 18.00 hrs Z – French units were still at Alexandria and ignificant shipping was sighted at Port Said.[83]

7 Jul 1942 – 2 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 together with a single Ju 88 of Westa 26 ttok off at 02.30 hrs Z on a sea recce from the eastern tip of Crete to Alexandria then to follow the coast to Haifa. The aircraft had returned by 09.30 hrs Z. Haifa Harbour had been photographed – but the was heavy Flak at Haifa as well as an encounter with two fighter formations. In addition there was a strong fighter screen over Port Said.[84]

Another Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 also took off at 02.30 hrs Z for a sortie to photograph the railway from Haifa southwards to El Kantara.[85]

08 Jul 1942 - Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 up at 04.00 hrs Z for photo recce of the area west of the Nile Delta, the crew abandoned the task due to damage to the aircraft’s fusalage.[86]

3 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123 together with another of Westa 26 were off by 14.30 hrs for a recce of the sea are encompassed by Crete – Port Said – Tobruk.[87] Aircraft on this operation landed by 18.45 hrs Z, having photographed Alexandria harbour.[88]

9 Jul 1942 – 3 Ju 88s of 2(F)./123, together with the usual Ju 88 of Westa 26, departed at 09.45 hrs Z for a recce that covered Crete →Port Said →Tobruk. A strong fighter screen prevented photographs of Port Said harbour being taken. An oblique photo of Alexandria harbour was successfully taken.[89]

1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 took off at 13.45 hrs Z and landed at 18.45 hrs Z having photographed Port Said and Alexandria.[90]

10 Jul 1942 – 1 Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 together with 1 Ju 88 of Westa 26 were up at 02.45 hrs on sea recce covering the area 24 to 27 degrees East, southwards of 35 degrees North.[91]

A Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 was off at 02.30 hrs Z to photograph Syrian airfields.[92]

A Ju 86 of 2(F)./123 was up at 03.15 hrs Z for a photo recce sortie to the west of the Nile Delta. The mission was broken off at 04.30 hrs Z due to engine trouble, the aircraft landed at 06.20 hrs Z [93]

A further JU 86 sortie by 2(F)./123 was flown at 09.00 hrs Z as a replacement for the previous mission to photograph the west of the Nile Delta.[94]This aircraft landed at 15.20 hrs Z

One Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 was up at 09.20 hrs Z to photograph airfields in Palestine.[95]

One Ju 88 up at 13.40 hrs Z on reconnaissance of sea and harbours between Alexandria and Jaffa.[96]

One Ju 86, of 2(F)./123, landed at 15.20 hrs Z after completing a photo reconnaissance sortie of the road from Alexandria to Cairo; fortifications at Bir Victoria and airfields in the area of the Natrun Lakes.[97]

One Ju 88, of 2(F)./123, landed at 17.30 hrs Z after and intermediate landing at Gadurra, following a reconnaissance of airfields between Rafah and Haifa – in addition it looked at the airfields and seaplane bases at Haifa.[98]

12 Jul 1942 - 1(F)./123 sortie to the western part of the English Channel.[99]

20 Jul 1942 – Ju 88D-1 (4U+KH) of 1.(F)/123 flew the staffel’s 1000th sortie. This was a shipping reconnaissance mission operating between Portland and Plymouth. The crew were Lt. Arndt (B), Fw. Kunze (F), Uffz. Hartwig (Bs) and Fw. Höfs (Bf).[100]

Oblt Meisel of 2.(F)/123 flew a photographic reconnaissance sortie, to Alexandria and the surrounding airfields, in Ju 86P (4U+SK).[101]

24 Jul 1942 - 2(F)./123 sortie covering the area Haifa-Port Said-Alexandria.[102]

Ju 86P (4U+SK) from 2.(F)/123 flew a photo reconnaissance sortie to Alexandria.[103]

26 Jul 1942 – 2(F)./123 Met recce sortie ended north of El Alamein when the Ju 88A-5 was shot down by a Spitfire.Hptm Heinrich Beyziegel made POW.[8]

2 Aug 1942 - 1(F)./123 sortie to the south of the Isle of Wight.[104]

4 Aug 1942 – Ju 88A-5 (4U+KK) of 2.(F)/123 on Convoy escort between Suda and Derna.[105]

6 Aug 1942 – Ju 88A-4 (4U+UK) of 2.(F)/123 flew a sea reconnaissance of the coast near Alexandria.[106]

8 Aug 1942 – Ju 88A-4 (4U+EK) sea reconnaissance of the North African coast, sighted a Gloster Gladiator.[107]

9 Aug 1942 – Ju 88A-1 (4U+CK) of 2.(F)/123 departed on a photographic reconnaissance sortie to Haifa. The order was carried out but only oblique photos were taken due to the aircraft coming under attack by defending Spitfires.[108]

10 Aug 1942 - 2(F)./123 sent an aircraft on a reconnaissance sortie towards the Nile Delta.[109]

Ju 86P from 2(F)./123 from Crete possibly overflew fleet when Malta Spitfires were being flown off. [110]

13 Aug 1942 – Ju 88A-1 (4U+CK) of 2.(F)/123 was sent out on a reconnaissance sortie in search of enemy escorts. Nothing was sighted.[111]

15 Aug 1942 – Ju 88A-4 (4U+EK) of 2.(F)/123 was engaged in a sea reconnaissance sortie covering the coastal region between Tobruk and Alexandria. Near El Alamein 7 aircraft (possibly Spitfires and Hurricanes) were sighted attacking ground targets.[112]

16 Aug 1942 – Two Ju 88s of 2.(F)/123 departed before 07.00 hrs Z on reconnaissance of Eastern Mediterranean and roving reconnaissance of Alexandria and Port Said. One of these aircraft returned early due to technical issues and the other landed at Mersa Matruh following engine trouble.

A Ju 86P departed at 08.00 hrs Z to photograph Haifa, this aircraft landed at Rhodes at 09.30 hrs Z – task to be completed on 17 Aug 1942.[113]

2.(F)/123 reported 14 aircraft on strength of which 7 were serviceable.[114]

17 Aug 1942 – 2 Ju 88s of 2.(F)/123 were up at 09.15 hrs Z on a sea reconnaissance of the eastern Mediterranean and reconnaissance of Alexandria to Port Said.[115]

Ju 86P of 2.(F)/123 flew the port reconnaissance sortie to Haifa.[116]

2.(F)/123 reported a strength of 15 aircraft with 8 serviceable.[117]

18 Aug 1942 - 2.(F)/123 reported a strength of 15 aircraft with 4 serviceable.[118]

19 Aug 1942 – At 18.30 hrs a Ju 88 was despatched on a security reconnaissance to the west coast of England.

3.(F)/123 sent out a Me 109 at 20.19 hrs on a security reconnaissance to the English south coast.[119]

20 Aug 1942 – Aircraft of 2.(F)/123 photographed the following airfields – Ismallia, Deversoir, Fayid, Gineifa, Kabrit and Shallufa. The results from the photographs were not published until 22 Aug due to delays in the interpretation because the photographs were taken when there was 7/10 cloud.[120]

Ju 88 of 2.(F)/123 flew a photographic reconnaissance of Port Said and Suez, roads and aerodromes between Suez and Cairo, aerodromes around Cairo together with suspected minefields between Giza Khatatba and Teiriya.[121]

21 Aug 1942 – The Ju 88 that flew the Port Said and Suez reconnaissance the previous day landed back at Kastelli at 12.30 hrs Z after an intermediate landing at Qasaba.[122]

22 Aug 1942 – At dawn 2.(F)/123 had 14 aircraft on strength of which 5 were serviceable.[123]

Fliegerführer Xs intentions were to send a Ju 86 from 2.(F)/123 on a photo reconnaissance sortie to the Nile Delta on 23rd Aug 1942.[124]

23 Aug 1942 - Oblt Bournot, Uffz. Merz, Fw. August Fastenrodt and Ofw Alfred Nitsch[125] flew on 2./123's 2000th combat sortie.[126]

2 Ju 88s of 2.(F)/123 took off at 04.00 hrs Z on a sea reconnaissance of the eastern Mediterranean and to search for a damaged submarine. The submarine was found and contact was established. At 09.30 hrs Z the protecting aircraft reported that the submarine was being shadowed by a British aircraft – this resulted in 3 Me 110s being scrambled to provide escort and to chase off the shadower.[127]

2 Ju 88 of 2.(F)/123 took off at 04.00 hrs Z on a sea reconnaissance of the eastern Mediterranean, this included a roving reconnaissance of Haifa and Port Said.[128]

24 Aug 1942 - Ju 86R-1 of 2(F)./123 departed Kastelli at 05.40 hrs on a sortie to the Nile Delta. The route was Kastelli – Baltim – Demietta – Ismalia – Abu Suweir – Bilbais – Cairo – El Amirija – Kastelli taking in Port Said, Cairo and Alexandria. The aircraft was crewed by Lt. Hessinger (F) and Fw. Schäfer (B).[129] Aircraft was up at 03.45 hrs Z and took photos of aerodromes in the central Nile Delta.[130]

A Ju 88 of 2.(F)/123 together with a Wekusta aircraft took off at 12.15 hrs Z on a sea reconnaissance for the protection of Axis convoys. Aircraft landed at 16.45 hrs Z – nothing sighted.[131]

1 Ju 88 of 2.(F)/123 up at 17.15 hrs Z fro “Experimental” night photo reconnaissance of Port Said.[132]

Ju 88 of 2.(F)/123 landed at 21.45 hrs Z from night photography of Alexandria. It reported coming under accurate AA fire and encountering night-fighters over the sea.[133]

9 Sep 1942 - 2(F)./123 sent a sortie out to the sea area off Port Said.[134]

10 Sep 1942 - 1(F)./123 sortie to the eastern part of the English Channel.[135]

7 Oct 1942 - 1(F)./123 sortie to the southern coast of England.[136]

9 Oct 1942 – 2.(F)/123 sent Ju 86P (4U+SK) on a photo reconnaissance sortie to Haifa harbour.[137]

19 Oct 1942 -3(F)./123 reconnaissance sortie to the east coast of England.[138]

28 Oct 1942 - 2(F)./123 lost a Ju 88D-1 (Wk Nr 430365) at Derna due to engine trouble.[139]

Nov 1942 – Maj. Walter Kaatsch appointed Staka of 2(F)./123.[2]

5(F)./123 formed at St. Pol.[140]

1 Nov 1942 - 2(F)./123 sent a sortie out to the sea area off Alexandria.[141]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
1 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 4U+EK 430270 Lost Near Alexandria. All four crew killed – Uffz Alfred Kleinschmidt (F), Uffz Erwin Wagner (B), Uffz Albert Schwarz (BS) and Ogfr. Werner Bode (Bm).[142]
3 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 430387 Crash landed at Mersa Matrouh due to engine trouble.[142]
3 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 883068 Crashed into the sea due to engine trouble – crew rescued by Seenot.[142]
11 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88R-1 860479 15 % damage sustained on landing at gadurra, Rhodes[142]

23 Nov 1942 – 2(F)./123 lost two Ju 88s as a result of a raid on Kastelli – Ju 88D-1trop (430324) 70% damaged and Ju 88D-2trop (880805) 95% damaged.[142]

1 Dec 1942 – 2(F)./123 lost a Ju 88D-6 on a test flight[142]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
1 Dec 1942 2(F)./123 Ju 88D-6trop 4U+YK 430097 Lost on a test flight from Kastelli. Aircraft destroed and crew killed.The crew were Oblt. Benno Biereye (F), Uffz Otto Höling (B), Uffz Fritz Fleischer (Bs) and a civilian Oskar Lindinger.[142]

20 Dec 1942 – 2(F)./123 despatched a new Ju88D-1 on a sortie to Port Said.[142]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
20 DEc 1942 2(F)./123 Ju 88D-1 4U+KK 430273 Lost on a sortie to Port Said. Aircraft destroyed and crew killed.The crew were Uffz. Hans Zweigert (F), Lt Hans Schulze (B), Uffz Heinz Dansaver (Bs) and Ogfr. Kurt Dabelstein (Bm).[142]

24 Dec 1942 - Fw. Alois Ripplinger (Bf 109G-1 Wnr.14135 White 22 + ) and Lt. Bernhard Frank (Bf 109G-1 Wnr.14133 White 19 +) of 4./(F)123 were shot down at very low level by F/Sgt Frank Murphy (Typhoon Ib R8744/SA-M)and F/O G. G. Thomas (Typhoon Ib R8781/SA-H) of No.486 (NZ) Squadron. (See here for the Combat Report by Thomas and Murphy)Both Messerschmitt’s and their pilots were lost 20 - 30 miles SSE of St. Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight.[143]

Fw. Alois Ripplinger

31 Dec 1942 – One Ju 88 of 2(F)./123 was up at 05.00 Hrs Z and down at 07.45 hrs Z. Off shore reconnaissance from Ras el Tin to Ras Kanayis.[144]

Another aircraft of 2(F)./123 took off at 08.50 hrs Z on a roving reconnaissance off Port Said returning at 12.50 hrs Z.[145]


Links

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  10. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee. - pgs 200-201.
  11. CX/MSS/1097/T19 MK7038 DEFE3/759 pg 47.
  12. CX/MSS/1095/T14, T15 and 1095/T21 DEFE3/759 pg 27
  13. CX/MSS/1098/T3,4,6,20,31,18 MK7074 DEFE3/759 pg 86
  14. CX/MSS/1098/T8, T11 MK7049 DEFE3/759 pg 60
  15. CX/MSS/1098/T8, T11 MK7049 DEFE3/759 pg 60
  16. CX/MSS/1098/T3,4,6,20,31,18 MK7074 DEFE3/759 pg 86
  17. CX/MSS/1102/T34 DEFE3/759 MK7150 pg 178
  18. CX/MSS/1102/T14, T29 DEFE3/759 MK7152 pg 181
  19. CX/MSS/1102/T1 and 2 DEFE3/759 MK7178 pg 210
  20. CX/MSS/1106/T8 DEFE3/759 MK7218 pg 255
  21. CX/MSS/1106/T8 DEFE3/759 MK7218 pg 256
  22. CX/MSS/1106/T8 DEFE3/759 MK7218 pg 256
  23. CX/MSS/1110/T11 DEFE3/759 MK7268 pg 316
  24. CX/MSS/1110/T11 DEFE3/759 MK7268 pg 317
  25. CX/MSS/1110/T20 DEFE3/759 MK7277 pg 328
  26. CX/MSS/1114/T33 DEFE3/759 MK7372 pg 433
  27. CX/MSS/1114/T33 DEFE3/759 MK7372 pg 434
  28. CX/MSS/1114/T33 DEFE3/759 MK7372 pg 434
  29. CX/MSS/1114/T33 DEFE3/759 MK7372 pg 434
  30. CX/MSS/1114/T2, T22, T25 DEFE3/759 MK7368 pg 429
  31. CX/MSS/1118/T17 DEFE3/759 MK7425 pg 496
  32. CX/MSS/1118/T17 DEFE3/759 MK7425 pg 497
  33. CX/MSS/1118/T17 DEFE3/759 MK7425 pg 497
  34. CX/MSS/1125/T4 DEFE3/760 MK7520 pg 23
  35. CX/MSS/1125/T6 DEFE3/760 MK7520 pg 28
  36. CX/MSS/1125/T10, T19 DEFE3/760 MK7543 pg 48
  37. CX/MSS/1125/T10, T19 DEFE3/760 MK7543 pg 47
  38. CX/MSS/1125/T10, T19 DEFE3/760 MK7543 pg 48
  39. CX/MSS/1125/T13 DEFE3/760 MK7572 pg 82
  40. CX/MSS/1127/T2 DEFE3/760 MK7573 pg 83
  41. CX/MSS/1125/T13 DEFE3/760 MK7572 pg 82
  42. CX/MSS/1129/T13 and T24 DEFE3/760 MK7619 pg 132
  43. CX/MSS/1129/T13 and T24 DEFE3/760 MK7619 pg 132
  44. CX/MSS/1129/T13 and T24 DEFE3/760 MK7619 pg 132
  45. DEFE3/760 MK7661 pg 176
  46. CX/MSS/1129/T35 DEFE3/760 MK7948 pg 484
  47. CX/MSS/1131/T17 and 19 DEFE3/760 MK7682 pg 197-8
  48. CX/MSS/1131/T17 and 19 DEFE3/760 MK7682 pg 197-8
  49. CX/MSS/1132/T40 DEFE3/760 MK7742 pg 261
  50. CX/MSS/1132/T40 DEFE3/760 MK7742 pg 261
  51. CX/MSS/1130/T7 DEFE3/760 MK7632 pg 146
  52. CX/MSS/1135/T31 DEFE3/760 MK7829 pg 352
  53. CX/MSS/1136/T1 DEFE3/760 MK7841 pg 365
  54. CX/MSS/1136/T1 DEFE3/760 MK7841 pg 365
  55. CX/MSS/1139/T12 DEFE3/760 MK7880 pg 408
  56. CX/MSS/1139/T23 – 1137/T9 MK7895 pg 424
  57. CX/MSS/1140/T7,10,15 MK7919 pg 449
  58. CX/MSS/1139/T23 – 1137/T9 MK7895 pg 424
  59. CX/MSS/1140/T29 DEFE3/760 MK7931 pg 462
  60. CX/MSS/1142/T31 and T39 DEFE3/760 MK7979 pg 516
  61. CX/MSS/1142/T31 and T39 DEFE3/760 MK7979 pg 516
  62. CX/MSS/1143/T21 DEFE3/760 MK7994 pg 533
  63. CX/MSS/1143/T13, 1144/T2 DEFE3/761 MK8017 pg 20
  64. CX/MSS/1146/T40 DEFE3/761 MK8044 pg 47
  65. CX/MSS/1147/T16,21,14 DEFE3/761 MK8081 pg 85
  66. CX/MSS/1147/T16,21,14 DEFE3/761 MK8081 pg 85
  67. CX/MSS/1146/T40 DEFE3/761 MK8044 pg 47
  68. CX/MSS/1147/T16,21,14 DEFE3/761 MK8081 pg 85
  69. CX/MSS/1148/T17 DEFE3/761 MK8100 pg 105
  70. MSS/1150/T11 DEFE3/761 MK8173 p187
  71. CX/MSS/1153/T39 DEFE3/761 MK8205 pg 220
  72. CX/MSS/1163/T22 DEFE3/761 MK8431 pg 479
  73. CX/MSS/1155/T10 DEFE3/761 MK8236 pg 254
  74. CX/MSS/1157/T28 DEFE3/761 MK8289 pg 317
  75. CX/MSS/1155/T10 DEFE3/761 MK8236 pg 254
  76. CX/MSS/1157/T28 DEFE3/761 MK8289 pg 316
  77. CX/MSS/1157/T28 DEFE3/761 MK8289 pg 317
  78. CX/MSS/1159/T18 DEFE3/761 MK8315 pg 345
  79. CX/MSS/1157/T12 DEFE3/761 MK8275 pg 300
  80. CX/MSS/1161/T22 DEFE3/761 MK8369 pg 407
  81. CX/MCC/1161/T17 DEFE3/761 MK8378 pg 416
  82. CX/MSS/1161/T17 DEFE3/761 MK8378 pg 418
  83. CX/MSS/1162/T8 DEFE3/761 MK8383 pg 423
  84. CX/MSS/1160/T12, 17, 18, 20 and 24 DEFE3/761 pg 547-8
  85. CX/MSS/1160/T12, 17, 18, 20 and 24 DEFE3/761 pg 547-8
  86. CX/MSS/1168/T30, T53 DEFE3/762 MK8530 pg 34
  87. CX/MSS/1168/T30, T53 DEFE3/762 MK8530 pg 34
  88. CX/MSS/1171/T11 DEFE3/762 MK8592 pg 102
  89. CX/MSS/1175/T18,20 DEFE3/762 MK8628 pg 143 & CX/MSS/1175/T6,7 DEFE3/762 MK8622 pg 136
  90. CX/MSS/1175/T6 &T7 DEFE3/762 MK8622 pg 136
  91. CX/MSS/1175/T30 & 32 DEFE3/762 MK8637 pg 152
  92. CX/MSS/1175/T30 & 32 DEFE3/762 MK8637 pg 152
  93. CX/MSS/1175/T30 & 32 DEFE3/762 MK8637 pg 152 & 153
  94. CX/MSS/1175/T30 & 32 DEFE3/762 MK8637 pg 153
  95. CX/MSS/1176/T14 & 15 DEFE3/762 MK8662 pg 186
  96. CX/MSS/1176/T14 & 15 DEFE3/762 MK8662 pg 186
  97. CX/MSS/1176/T14 & 15 DEFE3/762 MK8662 pg 186
  98. CX/MSS/1177/T2 & 5 DEFE3/762 MK8664 pg 188
  99. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  100. Radeber – The Knullenkopfstaffel pgs 242-245. Plus a photo D:\wekus\Documents\Documents\Luftwaffe\Luftwaffe History\Images\123 – 120.jpg which is Nr 3 of a series of 9 taken by Sdf. Röder of Prop-Kp. Lw. 3 on 20.7.42. The date in the above entry is based on the date on the photo and not on the entry 18.7.42 in Radeber’s book. This photo is certainly part of the series that appear in Radeber’s book.
  101. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee – pg 210 – Flugbuch Oblt Meisel.
  102. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  103. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee – pg 210 – Flugbuch Oblt Meisel.
  104. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  105. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee – pg 210 – Leitstungsbuch Uffz. Edinger
  106. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee – pg 210 – Leitstungsbuch Uffz. Edinger
  107. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee – pg 210 – Leitstungsbuch Uffz. Edinger
  108. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee – pg 210 – Leitstungsbuch Uffz. Edinger
  109. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  110. “Malta – The Spitfire Year – 1942” - Chris Shores et al.p469
  111. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee – pg 210 – Leitstungsbuch Uffz. Edinger
  112. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee – pg 210 – Leitstungsbuch Uffz. Edinger
  113. DEFE3/770-1 MKA 2019 pg 21
  114. DEFE3/770-1 MKA 2083 pg 90
  115. DEFE3/770-2 MKA 2143 pg 14
  116. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee – pg 210 – Flugbuch of Lt. Hessinger.
  117. DEFE3/770-2 MKA 2147 pg 18
  118. DEFE3/770-3 MKA 2288 pg 26
  119. Luftflotte 3 Einzelmeldung Nr 3 vom 21.8.42
  120. DEFE3/770_4 MKA 2444 pg 74
  121. DEFE3/770_4 MKA2489 pg 121
  122. DEFE3/770_4 MKA2489 pg 121
  123. DEFE3/771_1 MKA 2511 pg 12
  124. DEFE3/771_1 MKA 2529 pg 30
  125. Full crew from Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee. - pg 212
  126. Chris Goss posting to TOCH 4 Jan 2009.
  127. DEFE3/771-1 MKA 2575 pg 80
  128. DEFE3/771-1 MKA 2576 pg 82
  129. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee. - pg 213
  130. DEFE3/771-3 MKA2692 pg 25
  131. DEFE3/771-3 MKA2692 pg 25
  132. DEFE3/771-3 MKA2740 pg 87
  133. DEFE3/772-1 QT25 pg 28
  134. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  135. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  136. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  137. Der Adler mit dem Fernrohr – Radeber, Ommert and Schlee. - pg 210 Flugbuch Oblt. Meisel.
  138. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  139. Avions 108-110
  140. http://www.ww2.dk/air/recon/aufkl123.htm
  141. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  142. 142.0 142.1 142.2 142.3 142.4 142.5 142.6 142.7 142.8 Avions 108-110
  143. E-mail from Dave Wadman 10 Dec 2021 including photo of Ripplinger and Combat report signed by Murphy and Thomas.
  144. DEFE3/792 VM090 pg 100
  145. DEFE3/792 VM090 pg 100

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