Küstenstaffel Krim or Küstenfliegerstaffel Krim
also as: Aufklärungsstaffel (F) Krim and Sonderstaffel IV.Fliegerkorps
Unit Code:(1K + )
The circumstances surrounding the formation of this Staffel remain unclear. According to undocumented evidence, apparently provided by a Staffel veteran, the initial crews were drawn from Gr.Kampffliegerschule 1 at Tutow in summer 1942, with formation probably taking place in Crimea in August, perhaps at Bagerovo. The Staffel appears not to have received its name until September 1943, since all losses prior to that date were charged to Fliegerführer Krim. Initially configured to fly routine coastal patrols around Crimea, the Staffel was later outfitted with some Bf 110s equipped for radio intercept and jamming tasks, and later still with He 111s equipped with Fu.G. 200 "Hohentwiel maritime search radar.
1942 - Crimea
29.8.42: in the first entry to appear in the Loss Reports, a FW 58 was reported damaged due to engine failure, but no location was given 
4.9.42: Fi 156 severely damaged in a crash landing at Baksy - pilot injured 
2.10.42: FW 58 reported unserviceable at Bagerovo/E Crimea due to technical problems .
3.10.42: FW 58 crashed at Samorsk/28 km NW of Kerch - 3 killed .
24.10.43: He 111H-6 ( +4PT) failed to return from a mission over the Black Sea - 4 MIA 
7.11.42: FW 58 shot down by AA-fire W of Novorossisk/N Caucasia - 2 KIA, 1 WIA .
21.12.42: FW 58 crashed near Bagerovo - 4 killed 
1943 - Crimea
30.1.43: Bf 108 crashed at Bulaganek - Obstlt. Heinz Hoffert Flak officer flying as a passenger) + 1 killed 
1.2.43: Ju 88 crashed due to engine fire at Cape Takyl - 4 killed.
2.2.43: Ju 88A-4 crash landed at Utrikh Island - 4 injured .
9.2.43: Ju 88 crash landed at Bagerovo and moderately damaged .
22.4.43: Bf 110E shot up and damaged over the Taman Peninsula (P1.Qu.7657).
5.5.43: Bf 110E shot down by AA-fire NE of Temryuk/Taman Peninsula - 2 KIA .
11.6.43: Bf 110E crashed and burned near Alibay - 3 killed .
29.7.43: Bf 110D ditched at sea SW of Saki/Crimea due to engine failure - 1 killed, 1 injured .
25.8.43: Bf 110F-2 shot up by a fighter near Anapa/N Caucasia with 60% damage - 1 WIA .
16.9.43: Bf 110 shot down into the sea by fighters S of Novorossisk/N Caucasia - 2 KIA, 1 WIA .
20.9.43: Bf 110F-3 shot down into the sea near Novorossisk - 3 MIA .
20-26.9.43: 3 Bf 110E crashes reported at Bagerovo airfield .
8.10.43: Bf 110F-3 (1K+BU) believed shot down by a fighter at Anapa - 3 MIA .
1.11.43: Bf 110D-3 shot down by AA-fire E of Perekop/N Crimea - 1 WIA .
1.11.43: Bf 110E-1 (1K+FU) shot down by ground fire at Perekop - 3 MIA .
24.11.43: He 111H-16 force landed in Crimea (P1.Qu.5665) due to engine failure .
1944 - Crimea, Romania and Norway
1/44 - 4/44: at Sarabus/18 km NNW of Simferopol, and is believed to have moved there from Bagerovo during the second half of October 1943 .
Mid-4/44: transferred from Sarabus to Chersones/10 km W of Sevastopol as Soviet troops broke through the Perekop defensive line and poured into C Crimea.
5/44: evacuated Crimea, probably to Focsani/E Romania, and split into two components. The He 111H-16s equipped with maritime search radar were renamed Sonderschwarm I./KG 4 o/a 29 May at Focsani, while the Bf 110 component was ordered transferred to Norway on 26 May with a stop in Germany en-route to rest and refit. While in Germany, there was some talk of renaming the component 4./FAGr.5 and converting it to Ju 290s, but this idea was abandoned. On 26 June the Bf 110s flew to Norway, probably Trondheim, and then officially renamed 12./ZG 26 on 12 July 1944.
Hptm. Hans Klimmer (7/42- 7/44) 1/44, 2/44
BRAUN, Franz, Lt.
KELLERMANN, Johannes, Hptm.
KLIMMER, Hans, Hptm., Staka (7.42 - 12.7.44)
KOLLER, Martin, Lt.
LEHMANN (LEHNMANN?), Hannes, Oblt. or LEHRMANN, (Horst??), Oblt.?
MERTINS, Peter, Oblt.
RATHGEBER, (Heinz? Hellmut?), Hptm., Stafü ( ? - ? ) 29.5.44
SONDERSORG, Anton, Oblt.(Kr.O.)
WANKE, Johannes, Lt.
© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress, 2022).
(1st Draft 2022)
- Dierich; Kannapin; LRs; Balke Ltr to B.Rosch 28 Apr 93; Balke Ltr in Luftwaffen-Revue 1/93
- Tessin; LRs
- ULTRA KV9855; BA-MA RL 2 III/59 and 60; Gundelach-KG 4:304; Tessin