Aufkl. Gr. 122 Oct 1939

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Oct 1939 – 3(F)./122 commenced strategic reconnaissance operations for Luftflotte 2 over the North Sea area, along the east coast of England and over northeast France and the Low Countries.[1]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
1 Oct 1939 3(F)./122 Do 17P Damaged landing at Fp. Uetersen, 20 km NW of Hamburg, 10%.


5 Oct 1939 – An He 111P of 2(F)./122 reconnoitred the Moray Firth, but was driven off by Spitfires of the Royal Air Force’s 72 Sqdn.[2]

17 Oct 1939 – An He 111H of 2(F)./122 was attacked by Spitfires of 41 Sqdn RAF over the North Sea, the Heinkel was shot down.

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
17 Oct 1939 2(F)./122 He 111H-1 F6+PK 2708 Shot down by 41 Sqdn Spitfires over the North Sea approx. 20 miles off Whitby. Lt. Joachim Kretschmer and Uffz Hugo Sauer drowned. Uffz. Berhard Hochstuhl and Ofw Eugene Lang captured.[3]
17 Oct 1939 2(F)./122 He 111H-1 2706 Force landed at at Münster-Handorf due to port engine failure. The crew were unhurt and the aircraft was repairable.[4]


22 Oct 1939 – He 111 of 1(F)./122 chased by aircraft of 603 Sqdn after overflying a convoy off St. Abb’s Head. The aircraft was attacked as it headed out to sea. This He 111 crashed approximately seven miles from the coast.[5]


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
22 Oct 1939 1(F)./122 He 111H F6+DH 3156 Crashed into the sea off St Abbs Head – one member of the crew was killed (Uffz. Werner Endorf) in the attack by 603 Sqdn. The remainder of the crew, including their commander – Oblt. Gustav-Adolf Awater (B), Lt Arndt Fischer (F) and Uffz Wilhelm Unger were picked up by HMS Ghurka. [6]


26 Oct 1939 – a Do 17P of 4(F)./122 suffered an engine failure while on a sortie to the English East Coast. The aircraft force-landed in Holland. The crew were interned and subsequently handed over to the British following the German assault on the Netherlands in May 1940.[7]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
26 Oct 1939 4(F)./122 Do 17P F6+HM 4052 Forced landed at Grőningen, Holland. Uffz Otto Wendt,Fw. Rudolf Diesterweg and Fw. Josef Hundenborn all interned by the Dutch. The aircraft was taken to Soesterberg for examination by the RNAF.[8]

2157 068-195) F6+HM.jpg[9]

2157 068-194 F6+HM.jpg[10]

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References

  1. LdZ - Tessin; PRO/London: AirMin interrogation summaries.
  2. Shores - Fledgling Eagles
  3. Matti Salonen 122 personnel extract from database 03/01/18
  4. The Battle of France Then and Now pg 106. via laurent Rizzotti e-mail 10.10.23
  5. LdZ
  6. Matti Salonen 122 personnel extract from database 03/01/18 – code, Wkr. No and additional personnel details.
  7. Cornwell, Peter – The Battle of France Then and Now p107 highlighted by Laurent Rizzotti e-mail 10.10.23
  8. Cornwell - The Battle of France Then and Now p107 first names added from Matti Salonen 122 personnel extract from database 03/01/18. Note Matti has Wk Nr as 4032
  9. The wreck of the German Dornier DO 17 P (F6 + HM) of 4.(F) / 122 after an emergency landing in the Noordpolder near Usquert. The three crew members were interned. Source - "Collection of the Netherlands Institute for Military History".
  10. The wreck of the German Dornier DO 17 P (F6 + HM) of 4.(F) / 122 after an emergency landing in the Noordpolder near Usquert. The three crew members were interned. Source - "Collection of the Netherlands Institute for Military History".