Verbindungsstaffel 51

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Verbindungsstaffel 51

(Unit Code: ?)


Formation. (May - Jun 41)

No information as to exact date and place of formation found in the available primary sources. However, a postwar published source states it was formed in April 1941. [1]


North Russia. (Jun 41 - May 45?)

Jun 41: North Russia, possibly under Luftflotte 1.

2 Oct 41: Kl 35 crashed near Dorpat (Tartu)/SE Estonia due to pilot error, 25%.[2]

Nov 41 – May 42: transferred to Germany and disbanded, with assets returned to the schools. Re-established c. April 1942 for assignment in North Russia.[3]

31 May 42: based at Fp. Ostrov/50 km S of Pskov.[4]

26 Jan 43: now at Riga-Spilve serving Stab/Luftflotte 1.

5 Mar 43: transferred to Fp. Luga-Gostkino/135 km SSW of Leningrad and there 26 March. From there the Staffel provided liaison support to Fliegerführer 1/Luftflotte 1 headquartered at Luga-Ropti. In late fall 1943, Fliegerführer 1/Luftflotte 1 was renamed 3. Fliegerdivision at Luga-Ropti. [5]

28 Mar 43: W 34 damaged taxiing at Fp. Dno/120 km E of Pskov, 25%.

20 Apr 43: Fi 156 crash landed at Fp. Ropti (Rapti)/130 km SSW of Leningrad due to engine failure, 15%.

29 Apr 43: W 34 damaged taxiing at Fp. Soltsy/36 km N of Dno, 10%.

26 Jun 43: at Luga-Gostkino.[6]

21 Sep 43: He 111 H-6 crash landed at Fp. Ostrov-South due to engine failure, 40%.

5 Oct 43: Fi 156 crashed taking off from a landing ground in NE Latvia, 25%.

7 Oct 43: Fi 156 crashed taking off from Fp. Ropti, 20%.

12 Oct 43: Fi 156 bombed on the ground at Fp. Luga-Gostkino, 100%.

26 Oct 43: still at Fp. Luga-Gostkino.

19 Nov 43: Fi 156 damaged taking off from a landing ground in NE Latvia, 20%.

2 Dec 43: Fi 156 force landed at Rokhalevo (not located) due to bad weather, 20%.

15 Dec 43: Kl 35 crash landed at Fp. Pskov-West due to engine failure, 90%.

26 Dec 43: still at Luga-Gostkino assigned to 3. Fliegerdivision.[7]

1944-45: no information. The Staffel’s Feldpost number was never deleted which suggests it may have existed to the end of the war.


FpN:(L 36443, then L 21314)


Staffelkapitän:

Hptm. Georg Alber (15 Jun 44 - ? )

Other Personnel Assigned to or Associated with this Staffel:

SCHMITZ, Luitpold. Hptm.


© H.L. deZeng IV, 2024

References

  1. N.Kannapin-Feldpostübersicht; 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.
  2. BA-MA Freiburg: RL 2 III Meldungen über Flugzeugunfälle…..(Loss Reports – LRs).
  3. K.Ries-Deutsche Flugzeugführerschulen und ihre Maschinen 1919-1945:115; N.Kannapin-op cit.
  4. NARA WashDC: RG 242/T-311 and 312 Heeresgruppe Nord, AOK 16 and AOK 18 microfilms.
  5. T-312 roll 864, frame 108.
  6. Luftflotte 1 Kriegsgliederung, Stand 26.6.1943.
  7. Luftflotte 1 Kriegsgliederung, Stand 26.12.1943.

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