Tatoi

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Tatoi is approximately 20 km north of Athens in Dekeleia.

13 May 1941 - 2 Do 217s of III./KG 3 were damage during crashes/emergency landings.[1]

17 May 1941 - Junkers G-38 destroyed at Tatoi during RAF raid. Five Wellingtons of 148 Sqdn, flying from Cabit (Egypt), made the attack. A number of aircraft (including the G-38) were destroyed. They included a Ju 52 (Wk Nr 1305) of Transportstaffel VIII Fliegerkorps and a Ju 52 of Lufthansa. The Ju 90 coded GF+GA, used to supply german forces in Iraq, was damaged by bomb splinters.[2]

1 Jun 1941 - Ju 52/3m (Wk Nr 5296) of KgzbV 1 hit the ground at Tatoi and was destroyed. Uffz Karl Weitkamp (F), Ltn Morgenthal, Fw Mothe, Fw Hirth, and Fw Jurk all injured.[3]

20 Jun 1941 - Ju 52/3m (Wk Nr 5977) of KgzbV 1 suffered 60% damage at Tatoi.[4]

27 Jul 1942 - A Ju 52 of III./KGzbV 1 crashed taking off from Athens-Tatoi, one crew member injured, aircraft destroyed.[5]

12 Sep 1942 - A Ju 52 (W.Nr. 7161) of KGr.z.b.V 600 crashed at Tatoi due to engine failure, aircraft totally destroyed but the crew were uninjured. [6]

03 Nov 1942 - A Ju 52 (W.Nr. 7192) of KGr.z.b.V 600 suffered 50% damage during a taxying accident at Tatoi.[7]

1942 - Apr 43 - Stab/KG z.b.V. 2 simultaneously served as Lufttransportführer I (Südost) for most or all of this period and was mainly based at Athens-Tatoi in Greece.[8]

9 Oct 1943 - Total of 110 heavy bomber sorties made against Axis airfields. Tatoi and Arozos were attacked, but clouds prevent the observation of results. According to the attacking crews, twenty to thirty fighters attacked the raiders who claimed 4 aircraft shot down, but 2 B-17's were also destroyed.[9]

10 Oct 1943 - Ju 88T (Wk Nr 430845) of 2(F)/123 suffered 10% damage.[10]

8 Dec 1943 - Two airdfields at Athens were attacked by US heavy bombers: 36 escorted B-24's dropped 45 tons of bombs on Tatoi; another 61 B-17's dropped 81.5 tons on Eleusis; 1 B-17 recorded as destroyed by AA fire and a single B-24 reported missing.[11]

14 Dec 1943 - Tatoi, was targeted by 46 escorted B-24s which dropped 105 tons on the airfield and hangars, the raiders claimed it to have been a reasonably successful attack.[12]

13 Sep 1944 - During this night 92 Wellingtons, B-24s, and Halifaxes dropped 194 tons of bombs on the three main airfields around Athens (Eleusis, Kalamaki, and Tatoi) claiming fair to excellent results.[13]

14 Sep 1944 - The Athens airfields of Eleusis,Tatoi, and Kalamaki were again targets for 84 B-24s and Wellingtons which dropped 202.4 tons, claiming good to excellent results. [14]

15 Sep 1944 - Force of 327 heavy bombers escorted by 84 P-51s attacked Salamis submarine base and Eleusis, Kalamaki, and Tatoi airfields with 686.8 tons of bombs; claimed damage included 51 aircraft destroyed on airfields, one destroyer, a floating dock, and submarine sunk, one destroyer damaged, 2 floating cranes destroyed,and a submarine missing; approx 200 Germans were reported.[15]

24 Sep 1944 - 252 B-24s dropped 473 tons of bombs on airfields at Kalamaki, Eleusis, and Tatoi.[16]

4 Oct 1944 - Kalamaki, Eleusis and Tatoi in Athens area strafed by P-51s, 9 enemy planes were claimed destoyed on the ground with a further 21 damaged.[17]

6 Oct 1944 - Eleusis, Tatoi, Kalamaki, and Megara fields attacked by 53 P-51s which claimed that they had destroyed 5 planes, an ammunition dump, an oil dump and damaged another 10 planes. [18]

9 Oct 1944 - Claiming fair to good results, 19 Wellingtons attacked Tatoi, Eleusis, and Kalamaki airfields near Athens throughout night dropping 44.35 tons of bombs with hits on landing ground,hangars, and buildings. [19]

Co-ordinates

38.06.32.14 N 23.47.01.81 E[20]

Ground Units[21]

Koflug 5/IV - formed in Athens Jul 1941 - disbanded Dec 1944.

Fl.H.Kdtr. E 6/VI (1 May 1941 - ??)

Fl.H.Kdtr. E 27/XII (Jul 1941 - Oct 1942)

Fl.H.Kdtr. A 203/IV (Oct 1942 - Apr 1943)

Fl.H.Kdtr. A 211/III (Apr 1943 - Apr 1944)

Fl.H.Kdtr. A (o) 106/XVII (Apr 1944 - Oct 1944)

Air Units[22]

III./JG 52 (10 Jun 1941 - 12 Jun 1941)

Kdo.8./JG 27 (Nov 1942 - Jan 1943)

Stab./ZG 26 (May 1941)

I & II./ZG 26 (May 1941)

III./St.G.151 (May 1943 - Apr 1943)

Stab., I. & III./KG 2 (29 Apr 1941 - 1 Jun 1941)

III./KG 3 (29 Apr 1941 - Jun 1941)

II./KG 76 (15 Nov 1942 - 20 Nov 1942)

III./KG 76 (15 Nov 1942 - 20 Nov 1942 & 18 Jan 1943 - 19 Feb 1943)

5./KG 100 (10 Nov 1943) - appears to have been based at Kalamaki around this period.

Stab/FAGr. 4 (Dec 1943 - 3 Oct 1944)

3(F)/33 (31 Mar 1944 - 9 May 1944)

2(F)./123 (Jun 1941 - Apr 1942 & May 1943 - Oct 1944)

4(H)./22 (27 Apr 1941 - 10 May 1941)

Einsatzgruppe I./LLG1 (Jun 1942 - Sep 1942)

KGrzbV 104 (Apr 1941 - Jun 1941)

KGrzbV 300 (Oct 1941 - Jun 1942)

Kurierstaffel Südost (Jul 1942 - Sep 1943)

16./Fl.Verb.G.2 (1 Oct 1943 - Oct 1944[23])

Wekusta 27 (Sep 1943 - A|ug 1944)


The Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report Serial No. 262, dated 2nd January, 1945

Listed enemy (Axis) aircraft crashed in Greece and examined by Technical Intelligence Officers.


Type Markings Engine(s) Remarks
Ju 52/3m G6 + DN

DN black

Call sign: RO + SI

Destroyed by Enemy
Ju 52/3m 1Z + CZ

C yellow, Z black. Wks.No.501411

Destroyed by Enemy
Ju 188 4U + AK Burned out, had carried FuG 214.
Ju 52/3m 1Z + PQ

P blue, Q black, outlined white.

Burned out
Ju 188 F6 + KM

K blue, M black

Burned out, had been fitted with GM 1 gear.
Ju 188 Wks.No.from Compass Card 0049.

Call sign: RK + UI

Burned out, had carried FuG 200
Ju 52 II 5 in yellow on N

fin.

Burned out
Ju 34 Wks.No.2794

Manufactured in 1934


BMW 132

No. 63001

Burned out
Me 109G-6 Wks.No.161480 DB 605-A

No 36666

Burned out. Provision

for MK 108 30mm. gun

Ju 188 Wks No 30224 Burned out, had carried FuG 216 and 217.
Fi 156 Wks.No.1462 Burned Out.
Ju 52 G6 + IR

IR in black

Call sign GH + XG Wks.No.640599

BMW 132 Nos.61628

60369

65311

Burned Out.


References

  1. TOCH posts by Brian Bines 20 Jun 2009. (Wk Nr. 4212 - 20% and 3435 - 75% damage)
  2. Luftwaffe im Focus No 14 pages 46 to 47.
  3. TOCH posts by Byron and Brian Bines Oct 2008.
  4. TOCH post by Byron 7 Oct 2008.
  5. Lorenz - posting to Feldgrau.net Forum 7 Sep 2006
  6. Qu.M. returns 14 Sep 1942 entry No 133.
  7. Byron, Post to TOCH 8 Feb 2010
  8. Axis History Forum - Larry D. on 21 Dec 2009, 15:21
  9. Oct 1943 World War II Chronology - Military Intellegence Division, US War Department.
  10. TOCH post by Brian Bines 22 Aug 2009.
  11. Dec 1943 World War II Chronology - Military Intellegence Division, US War Department.
  12. Dec 1943 World War II Chronology - Military Intellegence Division, US War Department.
  13. Sep 1944 World War II Chronology - Military Intellegence Division, US War Department.
  14. Sep 1944 World War II Chronology - Military Intellegence Division, US War Department.
  15. Sep 1944 World War II Chronology - Military Intellegence Division, US War Department.
  16. Sep 1944 World War II Chronology - Military Intellegence Division, US War Department.
  17. Oct 1944 World War II Chronology - Military Intellegence Division, US War Department.
  18. Oct 1944 World War II Chronology - Military Intellegence Division, US War Department.
  19. Oct 1944 World War II Chronology - Military Intellegence Division, US War Department.
  20. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatoi_Airport
  21. Derived from Luftwaffe 1939-45 (http://www.ww2.dk/) - Michael Holm's detailed website.
  22. Derived from Luftwaffe 1939-45 (http://www.ww2.dk/) - Michael Holm's detailed website.
  23. Rosch, Barry - Luftwaffe Support Units, Luftwaffe Colours.
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