Verbindungsstaffel 4

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Verbindungsstaffel 4

(Unit Code: ?)


Formation. (Apr - Jun 41)

No information as to exact date and place of formation.[1]


South Russia and Norway. (Jun 41 - c. Jun 43)

Jun 41: said to be attached to Koluft/Heeresgruppe Süd.[2]

10 Jul 41: Ar 66 force landed near Tarnopol/115 ESE of Lvov, 50%.[3]

21 Jul 41: Fw 58C crashed while taking off from Fp. Rzeszow-Jasiónka/S Poland, 50%.

28 Jul 41: Fi 156 got lost and force landed near Kowel/E Poland, 50%.

11 Aug 41: based at Vinnitsa/W Ukraine under Luftflotte 4.[4]

26 Oct 41: Fw 58 force landed near Braila/SE Romania, 50%, 3 injured.

27 Oct 41: Fi 156C ran out of fuel and force landed near Vinnitsa/W Ukraine, 40%, 2 injured.

1942: after being inactivated in Germany during the winter 1941/42, Verb.St. 4 was reactivated in April-May 1942 with a different Feldpost number and assigned to Luftflotte 5 in Norway with base at Gardermoen.[5]

18 May 42: Fi 156 crashed while taking off from Fp. Aalborg-East/N Denmark, 60%.

Jun 42: Oslo-Fornebu with four Heinkel He 111s and four Fieseler Fi 156s - He 111 P-2, CJ+HX (W.Nr. 1374), He 111 B-2, CK+HO (W.Nr. 1407), He 111 H-2, CK+PK (W.Nr. 5407), He 111 H-2, RJ+NL (W.Nr.5519) and Fi 156 C-2/3, KH+YA (W.Nr. 5141), Fi 156 C-3, NE+KK (W.Nr. 5191), Fi 156 C-3/trop, BG+IY (W.Nr. 5665) and Fi 156 C-3/trop, GB+XG (W.Nr. 5687). These eight aircraft served with the unit for about one year when in April 1943 the Staffel was again disbanded. [6]

Nov 42: shown under Luftflotte 5 for operations and under Luftgaukdo. Norwegen for all other matters (administration, discipline, supplies, etc.).

1 Jan 43: Norway with Fi 156s.[7]

14 Mar 43: a pilot belonging to Verb.St. 4 reported WIA while flying a Fi 156 from another unit that was shot down near Murmashi around Murmansk.

Apr – Jun 43: disbanded or being reorganized; concurrently, its aircraft were reassigned to other units in Norway, specifically Flugber./Luftgaukommando Norwegen, Stab/Jagdfliegerführer Norwegen, Stab/Fliegerführer Nord (Ost) and Stab/Leithorstbereich Banak. [8]

1 Jul 43: not shown on a Luftflotte 5 order of battle chart for this date.[9]

Oct 43: reformed with new assets and designated 4. Staffel/Fliegerverbindungsgeschwader 2 from October 1943 on.[10]



FpN:(L 35612, then L 49028)


Staffelkapitän:

(not found)


Other Officers Assigned to this Staffel:

NOACK, Alfred. Maj. Pilot.



© H.L. deZeng IV, 2024

References

  1. N.Kannapin-Feldpostübersicht; mention of Staffel in various German documents.
  2. AFHRA Maxwell: decimal K113 Karlsruhe Collection.
  3. BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs).
  4. NARA WashDC: RG 242/T-405 roll 49, frame 856.
  5. BA-MA Freiburg: Signatur RL 2 III.
  6. 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.
  7. K.Maesel correspondence with H.L.deZeng based on BA-MA documentation.
  8. N.Kannapin-op cit.; B.Rosch: op.cit.
  9. K.Maesel-op cit.
  10. K.Maesel-op cit.

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