(Unit Code K7+)
also as: Nachtflugstaffe1 3 (Jun 41 - Apr 42)
Formation. (Jun 41)
Formed 1 June 1941 at Brieg/Silesia with Dornier Do 17s for the campaign in the East, but moved to Praust/West Prussia a few days after formation.
North Russia. (Jun 41 - Jun 44)
20 Jun 41: transferred from Praust to Insterburg/East Prussia o/a this date and assigned to Koluft Heeresgruppe Nord for the attack on the Soviet Union commencing 22 June.
30 Jun 41: after flying 17 missions from Insterburg, moved forward to Kaunas/Lithuania.
5 Jul 41: 2 Do 17Ps belonging to the Staffel destroyed or damaged (100% and 50%) in crashes at Fp.Kaunas.
8 Jul 41: moved forward to Daugavpils/Latvia.
17 Jul 41: flew night reconnaissance over the roads between Tallinn and Narva in Estonia looking for movement of Soviet forces to and from the Leningrad area.
18 Jul 41: transferred from Daugavpils to Pskov.
2 Aug 41: Do 17P crashed taking off from Fp.Pskov-West, 100%, 3 killed.
7 Sep 41: man from the Staffel’s ground servicing staff struck by a propeller at Fp.Pskov and injured.
4 Dec 41: Do 17P (K7+GL) failed to return from a reconnaissance flight over Tikhvin, 100%, Oblt. Siegfried Sager (observer) + 2 MIA.
Dec 41: during December, a few crews at a time departed for Bromberg (Bydgoszcz)/NW Poland to rest and refit.
1 Mar 42: Staffel reported 5 x Do 17P on strength.
8 Mar 42: Do 17P (K7+BL) failed to return (FTR) from a mission to Bologoye, 100%, 3 MIA.
Mar 42: Staffel moved temporarily from Pskov to Dno due to over-crowding and other adverse conditions, but returned to Pskov in April or early May.
28 May 42: Do 17P crashed taking off from Fp.Pskov, 15%.
31 May 42: at Pskov-South under Fernaufklärungsgruppe 1 (FAG 1).
13 Sep 42: Do 17P struck ground near Pskov and damaged, 40%, 1 killed, 1 injured and 1 missing.
20 Sep 42: Pskov-South under FAG 1 - reported 12(4) Do 17s on strength.
8 Nov 42: Do 217E-4 damaged taking off from Fp.Pskov, 40%, 1 injured.
1 Jan 43: Staffel reported 10 x Do 17P, 2 x Do 217E-4, 2 x Do 217K-1 and 1 x He 111H-6 on strength.
9 Jan 43: Do 17P crashed at Gross Wartenberg, 100%, 3 killed.
20 Jan 43: Do 217 damaged landing at Fp.Siverskaya, 10%.
9 Feb 43: Do 217 (K7+SL) FTR in area between Velikiye Luki and Lake Ilmen, 100%, Oblt. Ullrich Remmler, Oblt. Heinz Zembach + 2 MIA.
17 Feb 43: Do 17P shot down by AA-fire west of Veryasko, 100%, Oblt. Heinz Fissel WIA.
19Feb 43: Do 17P (K7+ML) FTR from over Lake Ladoga, 100%, Oblt. Hermann Maus (observer) + 2 MIA.
9 Mar 43: Do 17P damaged when a flash bomb exploded at Fp.Pskov-South, 15%.
10 Mar 43: Do 217 (K7+SL) FTR from a mission in the Velikiye Luki-Toropets - Lake Ilmen area, 100%, Staka Hptm. Rumetsch (observer) + 3 MIA.
22 Apr 43: Do 217E-4 crashed and burned at Pskov, 100%, Oblt. Bruno Gehrmann (pilot), Oblt. Franz Kugel (observer) + 2 all killed.
3 Jun 43: Do 217K-l shot up and belly landed at Fp.Siverskaya, 30%.
9 Jul 43: Do 217E-4 crashed taking off from Fp.Pskov-South. 20%.
10 Jul 43: Staffel reported 8(2) Do 217s and Do 17s on strength, plus a Go 145 liaison hack.
8 Aug 43: Do 217K-l crashed and burned at Fp.Pskov-South, 100%, crew safe.
17 Aug 43: Do 217K-l (K7+ZL) FTR from over the Staraya Russa area, 100%, Oblt. Siegfried Heer (pilot) + 4 MIA. Shot down by light Flak and baled out 5 km NE of Yedrovo/160 km SE of Novgorod. Oblt. Heer evaded until captured on 21 August. The other 4 crew members were KIA in the crash.
3 Sep 43: 2 Do 217K-ls damaged in landing accidents at Fp.Pskov-South, 50% and 15%, 2 injured.
11 Sep 43: Do 217K-l crashed and burned at Klopitsy, 100%, Gruko of FAG 1 Hptm. Horst Klinger (flying as an observer) + 3 KIA, and 1 WIA.
27 Oct 43: Do 217E-4 crash landed at Pskov-South due to engine failure, 30%.
1 Jan 44: Staffel reported 5 x Do 217E-4 and 5 x Do 217K-1 on strength.
26 Jan 44: transferred from Pskov-South to Fp.Riga-Spilve in Latvia with FAG 1 following the opening of the Soviet winter offensive along the Leningrad Front in North Russia.
May 44: Staffel turned over all of its aircraft (2 x Do 217 E-4 and 6 x Do 217 K-1) to other units during May and there after possessed no aircraft.
26 Jun 44: still at Riga-Spilve under FAG 1.
Germany. (Jul 44 - Dec 44)
Jul 44: Staffel withdrawn from operations without aircraft and transferred from Riga to Brieg in Silesia where it was idle for several months while the men were given home leave. According to one account (Dierich-VdL), plans called for retraining the Staffel on Messerschmitt Me 262 jets, but this was not carried out. It was then decided to convert 3.(F)/Nacht into an Arado Ar 234 jet reconnaissance unit, and on 1 January 1945 it was ordered renamed Aufklärungsstaffel 1.(F)/123, probably while still at Brieg.
FpN: (L 31545)
Hptm. Johann (Hans) Rumetsch (1 May 41 - 10 Mar 43) MIA
Hptm. Hans Felde (10 Mar 43 - 1 Jan 45)
Oblt. Karl (Bentz, acting ( ? - ? ) 6/43, 8/43
DITTRICH, Fritz, Lt.
ECKERT, Rolf, Oblt.
FISSEL, Heinz, Oblt.
GEHRMANN, Kuno (Bruno?), Oblt.
GLITZ, Richard, Hptm. and Staffel T/O
HEER, Siegfried, Oblt. (Ing.)
HERPICH, Heinrich, Oblt.
HOLZWARTH, Willi, Lt.
KALKSMID, Dr.(med.) Walter, Stabsarzt, Staffel doctor
KRÜGER, Horst, Oblt.
KUGEL, Franz, Oblt.
LORENZ, (?), Lt.
MAUÉ (MAUS?), Hermann, Oblt.
MAYER, Hans, Oblt.
NEUKÖTTER, Otto-Gerd, Lt.
NOWAK, Heinrich?, Lt.
REMMLER, Ullrich, Oblt.
RÖDEL, Franz, Oblt.
SAGER, Siegfried Wilhelm Friedrich, Oblt.
ZEMBSCH (ZEMBACH?), Heinz, Oblt.
© H.L. deZeng IV, 2022
Additional Notes and Losses
9.3.43 – 3 personnel injured in a flash-bomb explosion at Pskov-South. This also damaged Do 17P (W.Nr. 4075) K7+LL (see above).
- 3.(F)/Nacht Staffel History via Werner Horst, 1995.
- Staffel History-op cit.
- Staffel History-op cit and et seq.
- BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs) and et seq.
- NARA WashDC: RG 242/T-312, roll 1573, frame 767.
- BA-MA Freiburg: Flugzeug-Bereitstellungen (Aircraft Availability Status Reports – FzB) in: M.Holm-website (ww2.dk).
- RG 242/T-311 (Heeresgruppe Nord) microfilms.
- T-311 (Heeresgruppe Nord) microfilms.
- Gen.Qu. Einsatzbereitschaft tables via Archiv-v.2/8:12.
- Gen.Qu. Einsatzbereitschaft tables.
- Staffel History-op cit; PRO London: AIR 40/1981.
- BA-MA Freiburg: RL 40/Kart; Tessin-Tes.
- BA-MA Freiburg: RL 4 II/32 (KTB Gen.d.Aufkl.); Staffel History-op cit.
- RL2-III/786 19.8.43 pg 1 entry 3.