(Unit Code: J4+)
Formation. (Oct 43)
Formed October 1943 at Mühldorf/72 km ENE of Munich by renaming Lufttransportstaffel 290. Equipped over time with a large number of different transport types, including: Ju 90s, Ju 290s, Fw 200s, Ar 232s, SM 95s, a SM 90 and a Piaggio 108A. Interestingly, the Staffel had its own special KStN number: KStN 1175 (L) - Transportfliegerstaffel 5. The meaning of this is not clear but refers to its Table of Organization and Equipment.
Germany and Romania. (Oct 43 - Sep 44)
Oct 43 – Mar 44: rested, refitted and trained at Mühldorf - very few transport missions were flown.
23 Feb 44: still at Mühldorf.
Mar 44: one or more aircraft were flown to Munich-Riem for secret modifications prior to undertaking “special missions” in the East. This rather cryptic statement may refer to agent-dropping and similar tasks for the Abwehr and/or RSHA (Reichssicherheitshauptamt).
Apr 44: transferred from Mühldorf to Zilistea/15 km NE of Buzău in C Romania around the beginning of April to provide large-capacity air supply flights to Sevastopol/Crimea under the overall command of Geschwaderstab/TG 5.
5 Apr 44: Piaggio 108A (J4+EH) flew into a mountain near Linz/Austria in bad weather while en-route to Romania, 100%, 5 crew plus 20 aircraft servicing personnel all killed.
May 44: returned to Mühldorf around mid-May.
Jun 44: received 6 Ar 232s, 2 Savoia SM 95s and 1 SM 90 from 7./Erg.Transportgeschwader.
10 Jun 44: transported Italian aerial torpedoes from Ghedi/N Italy to Laon/France.
Summer 44: occasionally called upon by OKL to provide aircraft for special missions, but the general fuel shortage greatly restricted the Staffel’s activity.
19 Aug 44: based at Mühldorf.
10 Sep 44: renamed 14./TG 4.
Oblt. Gerhard Wasserkampf (Oct 43 - Sep 44)
(no additional names found)
© by Henry L. deZeng IV (Work in Progress, 2022).
(1st Draft 2022)
- K.Kössler/G.Ott-Die großen Dessauer: Junkers Ju 89, Ju 90, Ju 290, Ju 390 – Die Geschichte einer Flugzeugfamilie:168-73; M.Griehl article in Flugzeug magazine Heft (issue) 1/1994; K.Kössler article in Jet & Prop magazine 2/1996, pp.41-45.
- Luftwaffe Verband Journal No. 15, p.6.
- Flugzeug magazine issue 4/1991:54.
- BNA HW 5 ULTRA intercept.
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