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DEFE3 12 covers the decryption period between 13th December 1943 and 16th December 1943 – however, some information related to dates outside this period.

In the attached file are some notes/summaries transcribed from the pages of DEFE 3/13 I hope that these are of assistance to any fellow researchers.

The link to the National Archives for the full copy of DEFE3/13 is here should you need to refer to it.

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Below is the complete file that can be searched via the Wiki search tool.


Note the date of the event refers to a date in the message not necessarily the date of the message.

Flifue = FliegerFührer


Note –


  1. Number of pages refer to “GAF sightings” - these are for the most part not included in the summaries below as they do not refer to specific aircraft types or units.
  2. Flivos of Divisions are also not included below
  3. Code “Yoke” appears to refer to “Y” service.
  4. Times are direct from the message i.e. Zulu time.




Page Report Date of event Notes
327 VL1882 13/12/43 Of 11 Arados of 3./126 on 13/12/43 6 were serviceable at Leros. 7 crews ready Leros out of 11.
324 VL1751 12/12/43 Flifue Luftflotte intentions 18.00 hrs Z 12/12/43 for 13/12/43: unchanged as for 12/12/43.
321 VL1756 11/12/43 Strong indications that on 11/12/43 II./JG 51 moved or was about to move to area of Fighter Control Point East. Comment: above gruppe lately under 7 Jagddivision, see VL964.

FCP East in Udine area.

320 VL1757 11/12/43 Late 11/12/43 orders for 3./126: 2 aircraft to transfer to Vathi afternoon 12/12/43. From first light 13/12/43 A/S Patrol Vathi Bay area, as ordered for 10/12/43.
317 VL1760 11/12/43 21 Aircraft of II./KG 30 left Villafranca morning 11/12/43 for Denmark via Munich. (Comment – no details)
316 VL1761 12/12/43 Owing weather no ops Flifue Luftflotte on 12/12/43
305-7 VL1767 12/12/43 51 Sorties total effort X Fliegerkorps on 12/12/43.

Recce – Ju 88 sorties: 1 Met and Sea SW Greece, 4 on search for convoy SE and E of Sicily. 2 Offshore Otranto – Spartivento, first of these broke off owing technical trouble. 1 probe Alexandria with photo reconnaissance Castellorizo and watch on Turkish coast.

2 on search for Ju 88 missing on 11/12/43.

1 Me 109 guerrilla reconnaissance Kalavrita area. 1Hs 126 reconnaissance Livno. 2 Me 109 coastal reconnaissance broken off owing weather.

No Albania Ops owing weather.

Bombers – nil.

No ops Croatia owing weather.

4 Me 109 scrambled Kalamaki 07.45 – 09.00 hrs Z against Allied reconnaissance aircraft Hydra area.

Escort (etcetera) 3 Arado on antisubmarine patrol Andros area.

2 Arado with one convoy in afternoon.

Transport – 14 Arado and 13 Ju 52 Greece – Aegean – Crete – Serbia.

1 Ju 52 minesweeping operation without result.

Secondly, some sorties 11/12/43

2 Hs 126 reconnaissance Glina area, both broke off, one owing engine, one weather.

1 Bücker 131 reconnaissance Livno – Denis .

1 Ju 88 Met reconnaissance SW Greece

1 Ju 88 offshore Otranto Spartivento.

2 Me 109 scrambled Kalamaki 07.25 hrs Z. 1 belly landed 1 crashed in sea owing engine trouble.

Thirdly, additional to 10/12/43

1 Bücker 131 reconnaissance Livno – Denis, attack on Lombarda harbour.

282 VL1786 12/12/43 III./JG 53 on evening 12/12/43 had total of 51 with 2 mortar and 5 training. On airfields 49 and 2 and 4, of which serviceable 36 and 2.
280 VL1788 11/12/43 On 11/12/43 24 aircraft of I./KG54 left Cameri for Obertraubling near Augsberg (?). Ansbach informed.

12.00 – 12.30 hrs Z, 22 of II./KG 54 left Bergamo-South 11.30 – 13.00 hrs Z for Augsberg area (Comment see VL1465 under fourthly for mention of crews to be sent to I./KG 54 at Ansbach and II./KG 54 at Garlingen.

273 VL1793 11/12/43 Information sent to Flifue Croatia on 11/12/43 summarised captured documents of I Air Base, brought by a German Lieutenant on09/12/43 from Livno. Documents deal with flying over of a Croatian Do 17 on 30/11/43 with 7 passengers, containing details about an Italian aircraft TF 3 and its intended employment and number of flying personnel.

Destruction of the Do 17 by an Hs 126 shortly before its take off from Glamoc to Brindisi. Seven dead including two ??. Aircraft burnt out.

Interrogation of pilot Lt ?? at Roman One air base.

Croation and English identity ?? for ??

Activity report of Roman One air base to ?? Staff.

Report on British (strong indications) airfield mission in Glamoc.

Report of British transport flight with fighter protection on 03/12/43 via Livno in direction of Glamoc.

Other details not known here.

Under consideration Flifue Croatia whether the captured Croatian Air Force Lieutenant was to be snet to Kwin or Zara. Comment by “Charlie” not to be passed to units in the field.

271 VL1795 12/12/43 14 Aircraft of II./KG 76 left Aviano for Obertraubling by 13.00 Hrs Z 12/12/43.

Comment – Obertraubling also first destination of I./KG 54 on way to Ansbach see VL 1788 and comment.

270 VL1796 12/12/43 Pilot of a FW 190 of II./SG 4 reported on 20/11/43, according information of 12/12/43 on appearance of an apparently new defensive weapon. According to observation three cylindrical objects concerning which were fired up at the attacking aircraft. A container came in contact with the aircraft.

There was a violent shock, aircraft remained capable of flying. On landing scratches were discovered on propeller and wings apparently caused by a twisted wire. Wing was badly knocked about, a brake cable on the undercarriage was broken and one undercarriage fairing torn open.

261 VL1801 10/12/43 Requested on 10/12/43 that Marburg (comment: Equals Maribor) airfield be made available as parking airfield to relieve congestion in Agram area.
260 VL1802 12/12/43 13 Savoia 95 and 1 Savoia 84 left for Straubing on 12/12/43. IV./TG 3 Gallarate interested.
257-8 VL1804 11/12/43 Some West and Central Mediterranean sorties on (Able) 11/12/43 further to VL1729.

1 aircraft from 19.15 – 22.00 hrs Z on sea reconnaissance off east Corsica coast and Tyrrhenian Sea.

1 aircraft from 19.15 – 22.3? hrs Z Aidriatic Sea reconnaissance.

KG 76 support Army operations ?? area. 1 supply sortie with ammunition and 6 Ju bomber sorties of which only 2 bombed owing weather all in morning. 1 further supply sortie and 2 bomber sorties in afternoon broken off owing weather.

Further bomber operation on 12/12/43 intended.

(Baker) On 12/12/43 sea reconnaissance west of 05E by 1 Ju from 03.15 – 11.30 hrs Z. 1 of 1(F)./33 from 14.45 – 19.00 hrs Z route approximately from base to point midway between Corsica and Balbarios to Cap Corse to base.

1 aircraft reconnaissance Tyrrhenian Sea from 06.00 – 09.00 hrs Z.

Of II./JG 77 18 Mc 205 scrambled on 10/12/43 at 12.15 down 13.15 against approaching formation. Defensive patrol over airfield, no interception.

255 VL1806 12/12/43 Learnt on 12/12/43 that I./JG 53 transferred from Fiano Romano to Centocelle and Campino on 09/12/43.
253 VL1808 10/12/43 Strength 4./126 (Comment – former 2./125) on 10/12/43: 9 Arado, 7 serviceable. 12 crews, 10 ready.
249 VL1812 10/12/43 See VL1750. Now known that Luftwaffenkommando Süd-Ost on 10/12/43 ordered dismantling of all hutted quarters to eliminate main danger zone which had been created. Hutments to be set up again at good distance from landing area.
244 VL1817 13/12/43 Unchanged, as for 13/12/43, were intentions Flfue Luftflotte 19.00 hrs Z 13/12/43 for 14/12/43.
239 VL1822 13/12/43 Total effort Flifue on 13/12/43 to 17.00 hrs Z was 2 recces Gulf of Gaeta and 12 fighters in attack on artillery spotters and

Ground attack aircraft over centre of XIV Panzer Korps. No further ops because of soft ground.

237 VL1824 13/12/43 18.00 hrs Z 13/12/43 orders for 14/12/43 to Flifue Albania: engaging of Allied fighter and heavy fighter sweeps.


Secondly, reconnaissance orders afternoon 13/12/43 for Flifue Croatia included reconnaissance for Focus and Gadabout, harbours on islands Korcula, Vis, Hvar, Brac.


Thirdly. orders late 13/12/43 for 14/12/43 to Bulgarian Do 17 Staffel: as on 13/12/43.

233 VL1826 13/12/43 Intentions Flifue Albania 21.00 hrs Z 13/12/43 for 14/12/43 included: photo reconnaissance, results of attack Bari harbour on 13/12/43. Photo reconnaissance Taranto, Grottaglie, Brindisi, Gioia del Colle, Vito Normanni, Manduria, San Pancrazio, Lecce, Leverano and photo reconnaissance Bari area.

Reconnaissance as required in support of Army.

Transfer of 8./JG 27 to Kalamaki. Shadowing task, 5 minute readiness 09.00 – 13.00 hrs Z.

212-4 VL1832 13/12/43 Western Mediterranean sorties on 13/12/43 included (able) Fliegerdivision 2, 1 Ju 88 security and convoy reconnaissance west of 5°E, 0345 to 11.15 hrs . 2 Arado 196 anti-submarine patrol 06.00 – 08.30.

1 of 1(F)./33 from 11.45 – 18.30 on approximate route 4237, 0545E – 4207, 0515E – 4107, 0515E – 4152, 0615E – 4107, 0745E – 4152, 0715E – 4207, 0745E – 4322, 0745E – 4237, 0545E.

(Baker) Other aircraft Luftflotte 2 area. One Ju 88 from 06.00 – 10.00 hrs on route Perugia - 4102, 1245E - 3952, 1415E - 3852, 1445E – 3852, 1305E - 3822, 1025E - 4137, 1145E – Perugia.

1 Ju 88 from 07.15 - 12.15 on route Perugia - 4312, 0835E - 4152, 0745E – 4057, 0755E - west and south coast Sardinia to Cap Carbonara - 4147, 1215E – Perugia.

1 Ju 88 in area Salerno Gulf. 19.00 – 19.30.

(Charlie) Flifue - Total ops in VL1822

1 reconnaissance aircraft in Gulf of Gaeta at 13.45 hrs.

200 VL1841 12/12/43 Orders to Flifue Albania

Able – evening 12/12/43: to prepare Scutari and Tirana airfields for possible landing of formation returning from Bari attack, from 17.30 hrs 13/12/43 onwards.

Baker – Late 13/13/43: serviceable aircraft to take of dawn 14/12/43 for return to “Their operational airfields”. Comment – for arrangements to use the above 2 airfields as ALGs for JU 88 see VL509.

199 VL1843 13/12/43 Ban on flying over Vatican and (fair indications Rome) reiterated by Luftgau XXX on 13/12/43.
192 VL1848 13/12/43 Strength 4./126 (comment former 2./125) on 13/12/43: 8 Arado, 5 serviceable. 11 crews, 9 ready (of which 2 detached Phaleron).
191 VL1849 13/12/43 Strength at Mostar evening 13/12/43.

Stab./NAGr 12 – Me 109: 4 and 2, crews 5 and 3. Fi 156:3 and 3, crews 2 and 2.

2./NAGr 12 – Me 109:9 and 6, crews 16 and 12. Fi 156: 2 and 1, crews 2 and 2.

13./SG 151 – Ju 87: 9 and 6, crews 8 and 8.

Secondly, serviceability of 11./JG 27 Podgorica on evening 12/12/43 as on evening 11/12/43 (see VL1700) and of 8.JG 27 Devoli 2 Me 109 out of 6.

186 VL1853 13/12/43 According Flifue Albania evening 13/12/43 repeated photo reconnaissance Bari by 2 Me 109 12.15 – 13.00 hrs broken off 80-100 km east of Bari owing engine trouble.
180 VL1857 08/12/43 On 08/12/43 3./126 had 12 Arados, serviceable (strong indications 4). 12 crews, 7 ready Leros.
173 VL1863 12/12/43 Strength Albanian units evenng 12/12/43.

1./NAGr 12: aircraft 7 and 7, crews 17 and 10.

13./SG 151: aircraft 4 and 2, crews 7 and 2.

8./JG 27: aircraft 5 and 4, crews 6 and 6.

11./JG 27: aircraft 3 and 1 (off strength 1 Me 109 shot down on 10/12/43), crews 5 and 2.

I./LG 1: 1 and 1, crews 1 and 1.

Adriatic Staffel: aircraft 1 and 1, crews 1 and 1.

172 VL1864 13/12/43 Some Luftwaffenkommando Süd-Ost sorties on 13/12/43:

1 Ju 88 sea area south of Rhodes - Castelorizo. 11.00 – 13.30 hrs Z, same reconnaissance carried out in afternoon.

Reconnaissance of Turkish coast from Castelorizo to Chios in afternoon, reconnaissance of Vela Luka harbour by

NAGr 12 08.45 – 09.30 hrs Z, from Mostar 26 Me 109, 7 Ju 87, 1 Hs 126, 4 Ju 52 operated Hohentwiel reconnaissance sea area Andros, Naxos, Furni, Samosin evening. Secondly in VL1767 for X Fliegerkorps read Luftwaffenkommando Süd-Ost.

170 VL1866 10/12/43 In connection with new setting up and re-equipping of Nacht Schlacht staffeln and NSGr 7 Berlin ordered 10/12/43 arrangements (comment – nature unknown) to be made for assistance of Flifue Croatia regarding supply of technical equipment including MG ammunition for Caproni Ca 314.

Secondly – Flifue Croatia to detach officerto Luftflotte 2 to put his operational experience at the disposal of OC staffel of 1./NSGr 9 at Udine. Comment - agreed with DD item 3.

Staffel of NSGr 9 may be renaming of 3./NSGr 7 which was forming at Udine late November. (VL439)

For use of Ca 313 and Ca 314 in forming NS units see VL1344.

155 VL1877 14/12/43 Now known that number of aircraft involved in transfer in VL1760 was at least 22 possibly 23.
151 VL1881 14/12/43 Photo reconnaissance harbours and airfields in Apulian area were orders to Flifue Albania morning 14/12/43 for 15/12/43.
143 VL1886 14/12/43 Intentions for 15/12/43 of Flifue Luftflotte at 19.00 hrs Z 14/12/43 were unchanged as per 14/12/43.
141 VL1888 14/12/43 III./JG 53 afternoon 14/12/43 had total of 51 with 7 mortar and 5 training. On airfields 48 and 7 and 4, of which serviceable 35 and 6.
138 VL1891 14/12/43 To 2./NSGr 7 Banjaluka orders for 15/12/43 given evening 14/12/43. Readiness from 07.00 hrs Z.
137 VL1892 13/12/43 At Sedes on 13/12/43 damage to electric cables. Serviceable for night landings in emergency only.
130 VL1897 14/12/43 Evening 14/12/43 in Italy, I./KG 76 had 1 unserviceable aircraft, II./KG 76 17 or which 14 serviceable. Comment – see VL1728 and VL1795 for departures to Germany.
124 VL1901 14/12/43 Photo reconnaissance Bari broken off on 14/12/43 on account of cloud at 2500 ft.
122 VL1903 12-13/12/43 Allied raids in area Luftwaffenkommando Süd-Ost included (Able) night 12-13/12/43 – 12 aircraft attack on Chania and Suda Bay, slight damage to buildings, minelaying also suspected. 7 aircraft torpedo attack on convoy north of Cape Spatha, no damage. 2 Me 109 scrambled to intercept Allied reconnaissance aircraft regularly observed in Athens area.

Secondly, 21 Ju 88 took part in Bari Harbour raid see VL1841.

121 VL1904 14/12/43 Total ops Flifue on 14/12/43 to 18.00 hrs Z.

29 Ground attack aircraft in 3 ops against tanks in G9915. Battery positions and traffic on road H0206 to Front.

80 fighters on escort, 4 Me 109 photo reconnaissance in front of centre of XIV Pz Korps. 1 Me 109 missing.

117 VL1908 14/12/43 To Flifue Albania orders for 15/12/43 at 18.00 hrs Z 14/12/43. Engagement of Allied fighter and heavy fighter sweeps. (Comment – reconnaissance orders in VL1881)
113 VL1911 01/12/43 On 01/12/43 signals arrangements for a fighter operation (comment – nature unknown) were to be handed to Pancevo, Agram-Lucko, Mostar, Banja Luka, Butmir, Tirana, Devoli and Podgirica by an NCO of JG 27 within next few days.

Secondly – on 14/12/43, in connection with same preparations ammunition and equipment, not available with ARC Sarajevo, was stated to have been indented for on 10/12/43. Adequate ground staff not available but units at Mostar.

110 VL1914 13/12/43 Intentions Flifue evening 13/12/43 for 14/12/43 were to support with concentrated forces the defensive combat of 10th Army at point of main effort. Same forces to be employed as on 13/12/43. Comment - VL1817 gave intentions unchanged. Sighted on 13/12/43: Allied tank assemblies in front of right wing 29 Div. G9814 (14 tanks)
108 VL1916 15/12/43 In VL1898, all airfields except Aleppo-Neirab had no aircraft on them.
99 VL1925 14/12/43 Strength 4./126 (comment – former 2./125) on 14/11/43: 8 Arados, serviceable 5, of which 3 detached Rhodes. 11 crews, ready 9, of which 3 on Rhodes, 2 Phaleron.
94 VL1930 14/12/43 Included in Western Mediterranean report on 14/12/43:

Of Fliegerdivision 2, 1 Ju 88 sea reconnaissance west of 5 Degrees E as far as Balearics and convoy reconnaissance off African coast 04.00 – 10.00 hrs Z, another Ju 88 security reconnaissance between 5 Degrees E and west coast of Corsica as far as Nice 14.45 – 19.15 hrs Z.

Others: unspecified reconnaissance Perugia - Vis - 4122, 1855E - 4122,1715E – 4147,1755E – 4157,1635E - 4227, 1645E - 4237, 1525E – 4302, 1525E - Perugia, off-shore reconnaissance Vieste - Vasto 09.30 – 13.00 hrs Z.

Nought - one three hours

93 VL1931 15/11/43 At 10.00 hrs Z 15/12/43 Luftwaffenkommando Süd-Ost warned Luftflotte 2 to operation by Fortresses of 5th American Bomber Wing.
92 VL1932 14/12/43 Berlin orders 14/12/43: All Window (80 centimetres) in Luftflotte 2 area to be placed at disposal and transported away by Luftflotte 3.
82 VL1941 14/12/43 Intentions Fliefue Albania 21.00 hrs Z 14/12/43 for 15/12/43

Able, 1./NAGr 12 and 11.-JG 27 to restore serviceability.

Baker, shadowing aircraft at five minutes readiness from 09.00 to 13.00 hrs Z.

Secondly, strength (aircraft total and serviceable, crews total and ready): 1./NAGr 12, 7 and 0, 17 and 10.

13./SG 151, 2 and 0, 5 and 2. 8./JG 27, 1 and 0, 2 and 2. 11./JG 27, 3 and 0, 5 and 3, I./LG 1 1 and 1, 4 and 2. Adriatic Staffel 1 and 1, 1 and 1.

Thirdly, 4 Me 109 of 8./JG 27 transferred to Kalamaki (comment - VL1826 refers)

78-80 VL1943 14/12/43 No night operations 13-14/12/43 Luftwaffenkommando Süd-Ost area. On 14/12/43 effort to 16.00 hrs Z included 1 Ju 88 Met and Sea south west of Peloponnese 04.30 – 07.30 hrs Z, 1 Ju 88 photo reconnaissance Bengnazi up 07.45 down 11.30 hrs Z not carried out owing weather.

2 Me 109 photo reconnaissance Bari broken off.

Fighters: 23 Me 109 scramble from Kalamaki against Athens raid 09.00 hrs Z of which one missing, one total loss owing engine trouble when landing, 16 Me 109 scramble from Kalamaki and patrol in Sunion area against reported Allied reconnaissance aircraft.

Secondly, on 13/12/43 A/S patrol with 3 Arados off VathiBay 12.45 – 14.45 hrs Z.

Thirdly, total effort Flifue Croatia on 14/12/43 was 149 sorties for “Penitent” undertaking including reconnaissance 46 Hs 126, Bombers 62 Ju 87, 2 Do 17, 39 He 46.

Some details: 3 Ju 87 attacked gun positions, ammunition dump and hutted camp Mljet Island, 18 Me 109, 2 Hs 126, 4 Ju 52 operated from Mostar before 19.00 hrs Z, NAGr 12 carried out photo reconnaissance Brac and Hvar Islands and harbours Vis, Komiza, Vela Luja, Korkula 06.30 – 07.15 hrs Z.

Fourthly, total effort Flifue Croatia on 13/12/43 was 29 sorties including 12 reconnaissance, 7 bombers, 10 fighters.

73 VL1946 15/12/43 Recce tasks unchanged were orders to Flifue Croatia 14.30 hrs Z 15/12/43.
63 VL1954 15/12/43 For 16/12/43 reconnaissance orders 12.00 hrs Z 15/12/43 to Flifue Albania were reconnaissance (fair indications photo) as on previous day.
61 VL1956 15/12/43 Engaging of Allied fighter and heavy fighter sweeps were orders for 16/12/43 to Flifue Albania evening 15/12/43.
60 VL1957 14/12/43 Total effort Flifue Croatia up to 14/12/43 for Operation Linnet 149 sorties comprising 46 Hs 126 reconnaissance, and 62 Ju 87, 2 Do 17 and 39 He 46 which dropped total of approximately 36 tons of bombs.
55 VL1960 14/12/43 Instructions similar to those in VL551 issued by Flifue Luftflotte 2 on 14/12/43. Stretches of road endangered by guerillas would be marked by notice boards illuminated at night. On particularly hazardous stretches M/T must travel in convoys of 3 or more.
54 VL1961 15/12/43 GAF Station Command (Fl.H.Kdr.) 37/VI (comment – fair evidence lately arrived Agram) advised on 15/12/43 that fighter protection could not be provided and that maximum dispersal was necessary.
50 VL1964 15/12/43 For 16/12/43 intrntions Flifue Albania evening 15/12/43:

(able) photo reconnaissance Bari, Taranto, Grottaglie, Brindisi, Gioia dei Colle, Vito dei Normanni, Manduria, Pancrazio, Lecce, Leverano and photographic flights in the bar repeat bar area.

(baker) Reconnaissance for army on request.

(charlie) 4 Me 109 brought up to Skoplje to be at readiness for raids.

(dog) Shadowers at readiness during morning.

Strengths included 1./NAGr 12, total 7 serviceable 6. 13./SG 151, 2 and 0. I./LG 1, 1 and 1, Adriatic Staffel 1 and 1. Comment VL1941 gave strength on 14/12/43.

36 VL1973 15/12/43 Air escort arrangements evening 15/12/43 for convoy in VL1969: 4./126 (Suda) to transfer 2 Arados to Leros at first light, ops © ops to be controlled by the Leros Staffel (Comment – 3./126 see VL1882). The Leros Staffel to take over protection with 3 Arados at a time until convoy enters territorial waters. During voyage in territorial waters defensive patrol to be flown outside. 30 minutes before convoy leaves territorial waters anti-submarine patrol to be made in sea area at point at which it leaves territorial waters. After leaving territorial waters close escort until convoy arrived Symi. Last landing by 3 Arados in Rhodes. Allied MTB's to be expected. Turkish territorial limit to be respected.
30 VL1977 14/12/43 In VL1943 under thirdly substitute Linnet for Penitent. Scale of effort is for whole undertaking up to and including 14/12/43. Comment – VL1957 refers.
29 VL1978 15/12/43 Photo reconnaissance Termoli harbour (comment - Time not known here) revealed according Flifue Croatia 23.00 hrs Z hours 15/12/43 one ship about 360 tons, ten ships each about 200 tons. Termoli town packed with motor transport.
13-4 VL1994 15/12/43 Effort Luftwaffenkommando Süd-Ost on 15/12/43 included:

No operations night 14-15/12/43. Sea reconnaissance southeast of Rhodes with photo reconnaissance Kastelorizo and Andifli by 1 Ju 88 in operations area up to 13.15 hrs Z. 1 Ju 88 in off-shore area Otranto – Spartivento 11.00 – 14.00 hrs Z.

1 Ju 88 weather and sea reconnaissance in approximate area 3322, 1815E – 3637, 1815E 11.15 – 14.45 hrs Z.

(Fair indications 4) Hs 126, 2 Me 109, 3 Ju 87 anti- Partisan operations in Croatia. 2 Me 109 reconnaissance of coast and of Hvar, Brac, Vis, Vela Luka and Lombarda harbours.

Photo reconnaissance Termoli.

5 Ju 87 and 4 Me 109 attacking shipping at Vel Luka. 6 times 2 Me 109 scamble in area Flifue Croatia.

12 VL2000 15/11/43 Operations by bombers of Luftwaffenkommando Süd-Ost against Apulian harbours impossible on 15/11/43 owing bad weather. Comment – No details.
11 VL1999 15/12/43 For 16/12/43 intentions of Flfue Luftflotte 2 on evening 15/12/43 were unchanged as for 15/12/43.
9 VL1997 15/12/43 Photo reconnaissance Termoli harbour revealed according Flifue Croatia evening 15/12/43 15 ships each of 1000 – 2000 tons. Comment – contrast VL1978.
5-6 VL1995 15/12/43 Western Mediterranean report of 15/12/43 included

(able) Fliegerdivision 2. 1 of 1.(F)/33 west of 5 º E to Balearics and convoy reconnaissance off African coast between 02 and 030 E from 06.15 – 11.00, 1 of same unit between 05 E and west Corsican coast north of 41 N as far as Nice, 14.30 – 18.00. ( Comment – these represent total ops.

(Baker) Other aircraft Luftflotte 2 area. Route Perugia – 4.(F)/122, 1125 E – 4027, 1325E – 3917, 1505E – 3842, 1445E – 3837, 1105 E – 4042, 1115E flown from about 05.30 – 10.15.

Route 4312, 1545E – 4207, 1615E – Point unknown – 4227, 1645E – 4312, ?405E flown from 09.15 – 10.45.

Route Cap Linaro – 4.(F)/122, 0935E – 4327, 0935E – 4217, 0815E – 4157, 0735E – 4107, 0845E – 4117, 0735E – 42, 07E (Comment – minutes unknown) 4312, 0825E – 4257, 1035E flown from 07.45 – 12.15.