Aufkl. Gr. 123 1942

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1 Feb 1942 – Hptm. Armin Göbel appointed Staka 1(F)./123.[1]

May 1942 – at this time Hptm. Hermann Palm was Staka of 3(F)./123.[1]

4 May 1942 – 3(F)./123 sent Ju 88 4U+EL (Ltn. Blenders) to light up Cowes (nr Portsmouth) – sortie startede at 22.13 hrs and finished landing at Creil at 00.24 hrs. 4U+EL sustained flak damage but no injuries.[2]

22 May 1942 – 17.57 hrs Ju 88 (Ltn Wichert) sortied from Lannion to England returning at 22.43 hrs.[2]

24 Jun 1942 - 3(F)./123 sent a sortie from Lannion at 05.28 hrs up St Georges Channel, across Wales, down the Bristol Channel and across the Scilly Isles and back to Lannion at 10.44 hrs. This was a “first flight” for a newly constituted crew.[2]

12 Jul 1942 - 1(F)./123 sortie to the western part of the English Channel.[3]

24 Jul 1942 - 2(F)./123 sortie covering the area Haifa-Port Said-Alexandria.[4]

26 Jul 1942 – 2(F)./123 Met recce sortie ended north of El Alamein when the Ju 88A-5 was shot down by a Spitfire.Hptm Heinrich Beyziegel made POW.[2]

2 Aug 1942 - 1(F)./123 sortie to the south of the Isle of Wight.[5]

10 Aug 1942 - 2(F)./123 sent an aircraft on a reconnaissance sortie towards the Nile Delta.[6]

Ju 86P from 2(F)./123 from Crete possibly overflew fleet when Malta Spitfires were being flown off. [7]

23 Aug 1942 - Fw. August Fastenrodt and Ofw Alfred Nitsch flew on 2./123's 2000th combat sortie.[8]

9 Sep 1942 - 2(F)./123 sent a sortie out to the sea area off Port Said.[9]

10 Sep 1942 - 1(F)./123 sortie to the eastern part of the English Channel.[10]

7 Oct 1942 - 1(F)./123 sortie to the southern coast of England.[11]

19 Oct 1942 -3(F)./123 reconnaissance sortie to the east coast of England.[12]

28 Oct 1942 - 2(F)./123 lost a Ju 88D-1 (Wk Nr 430365) at Derna due to engine trouble.[13]

Nov 1942 – Maj. Walter Kaatsch appointed Staka of 2(F)./123.[1]

5(F)./123 formed at St. Pol.[14]

1 Nov 1942 - 2(F)./123 sent a sortie out to the sea area off Alexandria.[15]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
1 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 4U+EK 430270 Lost Near Alexandria. All four crew killed – Uffz Alfred Kleinschmidt (F), Uffz Erwin Wagner (B), Uffz Albert Schwarz (BS) and Ogfr. Werner Bode (Bm).[16]
3 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88D-1 430387 Crash landed at Mersa Matrouh due to engine trouble.[16]
3 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88A-5 883068 Crashed into the sea due to engine trouble – crew rescued by Seenot.[16]
11 Nov 1942 2(F)./122 Ju 88R-1 860479 15 % damage sustained on landing at gadurra, Rhodes[16]

23 Nov 1942 – 2(F)./123 lost two Ju 88s as a result of a raid on Kastelli – Ju 88D-1trop (430324) 70% damaged and Ju 88D-2trop (880805) 95% damaged.[16]

1 Dec 1942 – 2(F)./123 lost a Ju 88D-6 on a test flight[16]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
1 Dec 1942 2(F)./123 Ju 88D-6trop 4U+YK 430097 Lost on a test flight from Kastelli. Aircraft destroed and crew killed.The crew were Oblt. Benno Biereye (F), Uffz Otto Höling (B), Uffz Fritz Fleischer (Bs) and a civilian Oskar Lindinger.[16]

20 Dec 1942 – 2(F)./123 despatched a new Ju88D-1 on a sortie to Port Said.[16]

Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
20 DEc 1942 2(F)./123 Ju 88D-1 4U+KK 430273 Lost on a sortie to Port Said. Aircraft destroyed and crew killed.The crew were Uffz. Hans Zweigert (F), Lt Hans Schulze (B), Uffz Heinz Dansaver (Bs) and Ogfr. Kurt Dabelstein (Bm).[16]



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Aufkl. Gr. 123 1941

Aufkl. Gr. 123 1943

Aufkl. Gr. 123 1944

Aufkl. Gr. 123 1945

Michael Holm's Luftwaffe 1939-45

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ,Stankey and de Zeng – Career Summaries -Luftwaffe Officers 1935-45
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Gastanger/von Well – The Easter Bunnies.
  3. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  4. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  5. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  6. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  7. “Malta – The Spitfire Year – 1942” - Chris Shores et al.p469
  8. Chris Goss posting to TOCH 4 Jan 2009.
  9. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  10. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  11. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  12. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  13. Avions 108-110
  14. http://www.ww2.dk/air/recon/aufkl123.htm
  15. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8 Avions 108-110

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Shores, et al - Air War for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete 1940-41

Shores, et al - Malta – The Hurricane Years 1940-41

Shores, et al - Malta – The Spitfire Year – 1942

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