NSGr 11

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Nachtschlachtgruppe 11 (Estnisch)(3W+)

Formation

On 18/10.43, raised in the main from elements of Aufklarungsgruppe 127.

Stab Stab./Aufk.Gr. 127

1. 2./Aufk.Gr. 127

2. 3./Aufk.Gr. 127

3. Raised as a new unit at Jöhvi on 27/12.43

All Disbanded at Libau-Nord early Oct 1944.


Establishment

1. and 2. staffel used He 50 aircraft while 3. Staffel used Arado Ar 66.

Due to attrition the unit began to receive Fokker CV-E aircraft to supplement their He 50/Ar 66 aircraft. These "New" CV-E aircraft started to arrive during Feb 1944.

18 Sep 1944 - 17 He 50s, 13 Ar 66Cs and 7 Fokker CV-Es.


Bases:

Stab., 1. and 2. Oct 43 – July 44 Jöhvi

3. Dec 43 – July 44 Jöhvi

All July 44 – 18 Sep 44 Rahtka

All 18 Sep 44 – ? Blome (Northern Latvia)

All 18 Sep 44 – 24 Sep 44 Smitten

All 24 Sep 44 – 1 Oct 44 Libau-Nord

All 3 Oct 44 - ?? Moscheiken-Tirksliai[1]

Details of the final airfields used by NSGr 11 vary - Neulen quotes Tirksliai in Lithuania and finally Heiligenbeil in East Prussia.

Aircraft

Fokker C-Ve 3W+NO

Fokker C-Ve 3W+OD [2]

Fokker C-Ve 3W+OE

Fokker C-Ve 3W+OL

Fokker C-Ve 3W+QD

Fokker C-Ve 3W+QD[3]


Operational Duties

From the beginning of 1944 the unit operated under the control of Flieger Division 3 in the Kurland Front area.

The units prime task was the operation of night harassment flights over Russion positions – these operations taking place on clear nights.

Feb 1944 - Soviet forces had advanced to Narva (Estonia) NSGr 11 was concentrated on the airfields of Jöhvi and Rahtka and flew operational sorties to relieve the Narva front up until Aug 1944.

7 Oct 1944 – Disbandment ordered along with NGGr 12 and the latvian and Estonian Legions.[4]

3 Oct 1944 Fokker CV-E WNr. 64 '3W + OD', with 8 on the tail, from N.S.Gr. 11 flew to Sweden.[2]

References

  1. Air 40 1977 via Andrew Arthy
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wegmann & Widfeldt, Nödlandning Sverige, p.163 via Andrew Arthy
  3. Patrick Righart van Gelder-Beuteflugzeuge 1933-45
  4. Werner Haupt, Army Group North, p.273 via Andrew Arthy

Rosch, Barry - Luftwaffe Codes, Markings and Units 1939-45

Holm, Michael - The Luftwaffe 1939-45

Dierich, Wolfgang - Die Verbande Der Luftwaffe

Neulen, hans Werner - In the Skies of Europe

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