The Aerodrome Command at Lagendiebach reports to Luftgau XIV in Wiesbaden that four officers and 68 other ranks of 1./NAG 1 (formerly 1.(F)/121) have that day left Grosskrotzenburg (11 km. south of Langendiebach) for Herzogenaurach.
Strength return from 1./NAG 1 at Herzogenaurach:
Gen.d.A. notes that Hauptmann Werner Wilke is being transferred from commanding NAG 12 in Yugoslavia to take over as Kommandeur of NAG 1.
Stab NAG 1 is ordered to transfer to Hennef near Bonn..
An entry in the War Diary of the General der Auklärungsflieger notes that Oblt. Knoll, Staffelkapitän of 1./NAG 1 has been killed in a crash near Lechfeld.
Gen.d.A. notes Stab NAG 1’s destination as Hennef-Sieg.
Gen.d.A. records a change of destination for Staffeln re-equipping [presumably with the Me 262]: Stab NAG 1 is to go to Lippe.
Gen.d.A. notes that 1./NAG 1 is to be brought up to Rhein-Main.
Gen.d.A. diary entry: 1./NAG 1 is to transfer from Herzogenaurach to Rhein-Main.
Luftflotte Reich signals that that ground elements of 1./NAG 1 are being transferred from Herzogenaurach to Rhein-Main. On arrival, the Staffel is to be subordinated in all respects, to Luftwaffenkommando West. Flying elements will be brought up later after conclusion of their training and allocation of their Me 262s.
Reading this signal, Allied Intelligence notes that 1./NAG 1 has apparently not been operational since being renamed from 1.(F)/121 in November 1944 and that this is the first intercepted reference to its impending equipment with Me 262.
Gen.d.A. records that 1./NAG 1’s destination is now Fritzlar-Nord.
Gen.d.A. notes that Stab NAG 1 and 1./NAG 13 are to be re-equipped with the Me 262 in Lechfeld and that the Chief of Supply will be asked to make the first allocation of equipment.
Gen.d.A. notes that 1./NAG 1 is expected to transfer to its new operational base at Fritzlar-Nord today.
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A chronology drawn mainly from the surviving pages of the General der Aufklärungsflieger's War Diary and deciphered German signals traffic.
Article © Nick Beale 2008–14