Gruppenfliegerstab 31

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Formed about end of March or beginning of April 1941 (ex-Stab/Aufkl.Gr. 31) for the attack on the Soviet Union that commenced 22 June 1941.[1]

Central Russia. (Jun 41 - Apr 42)

22.6.41: Brest-Litovsk area in eastern Poland under Koluft Panzergruppe 2/Army Group Center - assigned to support XXXXVII. Armeekorps (mot) along a line of advance from the Brest-Litovsk area to Baranowicze - Minsk (29 June) - Borisov - Orsha - Smolensk (16 July) - Konotop area (25 August) - Kiev Pocket (16 September) - Sevsk and Bryansk - Orel (3 October) and then northeast to the Tula area (1 November).

6.7.41: Stab at Borisov under Koluft Panzergruppe 2 with 6.(H)/13, 5.(H)/23 and 6.(H)/32.

11.8.41: at Koshchino/SE of Smolensk under Koluft Panzergruppe 2 in support of XXXXVII Motorized Corps.

1.11.41: Stab ordered to return to Germany this date as part of the general reduction in tactical reconnaissance forces along the front due to poor flying weather, the end of the campaign season and the need to rest and refit the Staffeln.

4.42: renamed Stab/Nahaufklärungsgruppe 12 on or about 19 April 1942.

FpN:Gruppenfliegerstab 31 (L 28165).


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© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress). (1st Draft 2021)


  1. J.-P.Défieux - Répertoire des Unités Aériennes de la Luftwaffe 1935-1945: Reconnaissance Aéronavale (Nanterre, privately published, n.d. (c 1988-90?); G.Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945, 16+ Bde., Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte (Osnabrück, 1980); W.Dierich - Die Verbände der Luftwaffe 1935-1945: Gliederungen und Kurzchroniken – Eine Dokumentation; N.Kannapin - Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945; AFHRA Maxwell: decimal K113 Karlsruhe Collection decimal KC-K113.309-3/v.1; NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-312 roll 160/897; roll 568 frames 314-19 “Genst.d.Heeres/Org.Abt.(II) Nr.1483/42g.Kdos., 19.4.1942” order setting up the Nahaufklärungsgruppen); (T-313 roll 85/898; roll 93/486).

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