Kurierstaffel 1

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Kurierstaffel 1


Also as: Kurierstaffel Oberost (Oct 41 – Apr 42) [1]

Kurierstaffel d. Luftwaffe (Apr 42 - ? )



Formation. (Aug 39)

Initially formed approx. 26 August 1939 at Stuttgart-Möhringen with 6 aircraft for assignment to AOK 3. Appears to have gone through a re-designation and several deactivations and reactivations between Aug 39 and Oct 43, but it has been impossible to trace these aside from its supposed re-designation around Oct 41 as Kurierstaffel Oberost. A few months later, according to the Feldpostübersicht (Field Postal Directory), it was changed from Kurierstaffel Oberost back to Kurierstaffel 1 so this may have been little more than a paperwork error.[2]


Poland and Russia. (Sep 39 - Oct 43)

3 Oct 40: arrived at Kraków/S Poland this date - attached to AOK 12.[3]

22 Mar 41: Fi 156 reported 75% damaged, but no additional details reported.[4]

23 Jul 41: Fi 156 crash landed at Fp. Pskov, 15%.

26 Jul 41: Do 17P crash landed at Fp. Dęblin-Irena in C Poland, 25%.

14 Sep 41: reportedly in support of AOK 3. [5]

22 Sep 41: Bryansk area assigned to Koluft/AOK 2.[6]

12 Dec 41: Fi 156 crash landed at Sushiye-Smenki (not located), 100%, pilot safe.

7 Jan 42: Junkers W 34 damaged taxiing at Fp. Smolensk-South, 15%. [7]

Jan 42: said to be operating from Fp. Smolensk-South.

10 Jan 42: Staffel reported 5 Fi 156 (2 of which were outfitted with skis), 1 W 34 and 1 Ju 52 on strength this date.[8]

3 Feb 42: Fi 156 crash landed at Fp. Bryansk, 15%.

5 Feb 42: Orel and still under Koluft/AOK 2.[9]

19 Apr 42: Ju 52 damaged in landing accident at Fp. Kiev-Volinsky, 30%.

May 42: Staffel ordered to transfer to Konotop. [10]

31 May 42: 2 Fi 156s damaged on the ground during Russian raid on Fp. Konotop.

12 Jul 42: based half at Poltava and half at Kursk-West.[11]

Oct – Nov 42: entire Staffel at Kursk-West in a strength of 2 officers and 51 men.[12]

6 Feb 43: Fi 156 destroyed when an ammo dump blew up at Fp. Kursk, 100%.

20 Mar 43: Fi 156 accidently shot down by German Flak at Bakhmach/30 km W of Konotop, 100%, pilot WIA.

23 Mar 43: Ju 52 bombed on the ground during enemy raid on Fp. Konotop, 30%.

17 Jul 43: Fi 156 damaged in accident at Fp. Munich-Riem due to engine failure, 15%.

8 Sep 43: Fi 156 damaged in accident at Buzhkari/C Russia due to engine failure, 15%.

2 Oct 43: Fi 156 crash landed east of Gomel, 15%.

Oct 43: still attached to AOK 2, renamed 26./Fliegerverbindungsgeschwader 2 on 1 October or a few days after that (15 Oct 43?). [13]


FpN:(L 17075)


Staffelkapitän:

Maj./Obstlt. Richard Sonnenburg ( ? - 7 Apr 42)

Hptm. Ernst Albert (Apr 42 - Aug 42)


Also see (in: “Luftwaffe Officer Career Summaries”, at website www.ww2.dk)

(none found)



© H.L. deZeng IV, 2024

References

  1. Rosch, Barry C. Luftwaffe Support Units: Units, Aircraft, Emblems and Markings 1933-1945. Luftwaffe Colours/Classic Colours series. Hersham: Ian Allan Publishing, 2009. ISBN: (10) 1 903223 64 4. (Alternate names and dates questionable - confirmation needed).
  2. W.Dierich-Verbände der Luftwaffe; N.Kannapin-Feldpostübersicht.
  3. BA-MA Freiburg: RL 20/285-86.
  4. BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs).
  5. 500-12454-000002.pdf pg 534.
  6. NARA WashDC: RG 242/T-313 roll 232, frame 958.
  7. BA-MA – Loss Reports, op.cit.
  8. Jet & Prop magazine Heft 1/2003:12.
  9. T-312 roll 1156, frame 316.
  10. Rosch, op.cit.
  11. T-312 roll 1196, frame 482.
  12. T-312 roll 1665, frame 748.
  13. W.Dierich-op cit.; N.Kannapin-op cit.

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