Aufkl. Gr. 123 1943

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11 Jan 1943 – 2(F)./123 sortie to Alexandria and Mersa Matruth[1]

14 Feb 1943 – 2(F)./123 sent out a Ju 86R-1 on a sortie to Tobruk. This aircraft, under the command of Oblt Franz Hessinger, crash landed on return due to engine problems.[2]

28 Feb 1943 – Ju 88D-1 trop (430328) of 2(F)./123 suffered 60% damage when it crashed on take-off from Kastelli.[2]

Mar 1943 – Hptm. Kurt Wenzel appointed Staka 1(F)./123.[3]

20 Mar 1943 – Hptm. Helmut Schuke appointed Staka 3(F)./123 (?).[3]

27 Mar 1943 – 2(F)./123 flew a sortie to Port Said.[4]

14 Apr 1943 – a Ju 88T-1 of 2(F)./123 flew the unit's 3000th combat sortie – this was celebrated at Tatoi.[2]

20 Apr 1943 – 2(F)./123 sortie to Haifa and the southern Palestinian coast.[4]

Maj. Walter Kaatsch ceased to be Staka 2(F)./123 as he was transferred to Luftflotte 3 for further assignment.[3]

29 Apr 1943 – 2(F)./123 sortie to the south coast of Cyprus.[4]

30 Apr/1 May 1943 - At 03:48 two Ju 88s of 2.(F)/123 took off to fly a mission, operating under X. Fliegerkorps. They carried out sea reconnaissance against enemy convoys off Cyrenaika. However, due to engine problems they broke off, and landed at 05:33 and 06:00.[5]

May 1943 – Hptm. Karl Mörbitz appointed Staka 4(F)./123.[3]

1 May 1943 - At 06:24 a Ju 88 of 2.(F)/123 under X. Fliegerkorps took off to fly sea reconnaissance against enemy convoys off Cyrenaika. The aircraft broke off early due to technical problems and landed at 07:09. [5]

Between 07:48 and 09:45 a Ju 88 of 2.(F)/123 flew a mission on reconnaissance off the coast of Cyrenaika against enemy convoys, but three three aircraft were met, hindering the mission.[5]

At 08:38 a Ju 88 of 2.(F)/123 took off for reconnaissance of enemy convoys off the coast of Cyrenaika, but there were no sightings, due to heavy mist. [5]

At 10:54 a Ju 86 of 2.(F)/123 took off to fly a reconnaissance mission to Alexandria. However, due to bad weather the mission was broken off. [5]

Bf 109 G-4 W.Nr 14 916 of 2.(F)/123 made a forced landing in, or presumably near, the Guduras Bight, Crete, due to lack of fuel after a combat mission, and suffered 80 per cent damage.[5]

13 May 1943 – Oblt. Peter Schug appointed Staka 2(F)./123.[3]

15 May 1943 - 4(F)./123 sortie to Plymouth.[6]

11 Jun 1943 - 3(F)./123 had a Ju 88 crash at Köthen, on a non-combat flight, due to pilot error.


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
11 Jun 1943 3(F)./ 123 Ju 88D-1 430439 Crashed due to pilot error.

The aircraft sustained 50% damage.[7]

12 Jun 1943 – 2(F)./123 sortie to Tobruk and the surrounding area.[1]

13 Jun 1943 -5(F)./123 lost a Bf 109 over the English Channel.


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
13 Jun 1943 5(F)./ 123 Bf 109G-4 14910 Fw Heinz Sieker MIA following air combat over the English Channel[8]

16 Jun 1943 - 2(F)./123 lost a Ju 88 on a non-combat sortie.


Date Unit Aircraft Type Code Wkr.No. Notes
16 Jun 1943 2(F)./ 123 Ju 88D-1(trop) 430733 Crashed south of Tatoi (Athens) airfield due to engine failure.

Uffz. Walter Schäfer(F), Ofw. Erhard Schäfer(B) and Uffz. Paul Lock(Bs) all killed. Uffz. Heinz Thum(Bf) survived injured.[9]

21 Jun 1943 - 4(F)./123 sortie to the south of the Isle of Wight.[10]

26 Jun 1943 – 2(F)./123 sortie to the west of the Peloponnes.[10]

2 Jul 1943 - 2(F)/123 sortie to Alexandria.[10]

6 Jul 1943 – 2(F)./123 sortie to the west of the Peloponnes.[10]

21 Jul 1943 – 2(F)./123 sortie to photograph Ras Aamer and Bengazi.[10]

23 Jul 1943 – 2(F)./123 sortie to photograph the airfield and port of Bengazi.[10]

27 Jul 1943 – 3(F)./123 sortie to the south coast of England.[10]

12 Aug 1943 - 1(F)./123 sortie to the Bristol Channel.[11]

13 Aug 1943 - 2(F)/123 sortie to Alexandria.[11]

23 Aug 1943 - 3(F)./123 celebrated the completion of its 2000th combat sortie – the crew of the Ju 88 consisted of Lt. Siegfried Müller (F), Oblt. Günther Klien(B), Fw. Siegfried Kirch and Fw. Roman Gastager.[12]

late Aug 1943 - 1(F)./123 moved to Parma[13]

31 Aug 1943 - 2(F).123 Reconnaissance sortie to look at the airfields on Cyprus.[14]

23 Sep 1943 - 2(F)./123 celebrated the completion of its 4000th combat sortie. This was flown by Oblt. Franz Hessinger, Ofw, Helmut Dorries, Ofw. Herbert Huster and Fw. August Fastenrodt.[15]

30 Oct 1943 - 3(F)./123 sortie to the west coast of Corsica.[16]

Links

Aufklärungsgruppe 123

Aufkl. Gr. 123 1939

Aufkl. Gr. 123 1940

Aufkl. Gr. 123 1941

Aufkl. Gr. 123 1942

Aufkl. Gr. 123 1944

Aufkl. Gr. 123 1945

Michael Holm's Luftwaffe 1939-45

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Avions 108-110
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Stankey and de Zeng – Career Summaries -Luftwaffe Officers 1935-45
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 BA-MA RL 2 II/302 via Andrew Arthy.
  6. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  7. Luftwaffe Quartermaster Loss Returns 17 Jun 1943
  8. Luftwaffe Quartermaster Loss Returns 17 Jun 1943
  9. Luftwaffe Quartermaster Loss Returns 19 Jun 1943
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  11. 11.0 11.1 Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  12. Flypast Oct 2009 article page 78 “Laurel leaves for heroes” by Chris Goss.
  13. http://www.ww2.dk/air/recon/aufkl123.htm
  14. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123
  15. Flypast Oct 2009 article page 78 “Laurel leaves for heroes” by Chris Goss. NB Fw. August Fastenrodt was killed on Feb 19, 1944 – he also flew on the unit's 2000th combat sortie.
  16. Kampforte (1st Verlustmeldungen) Offiziers Stellenbesetzung Aufkl.Gr. 123

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