APPENDIX FIVE: KNOWN AIRCRAFT AND PILOTS OF SONDERSTAFFEL KAATSCH

 

 

 

 

 

Date

W.Nr.

Type

Location

Remarks

 

29/8

165433

Bf 109

Almost certainly the aircraft reported as 175433, which crashed on 30.08.44 (there is no known Bf 109 175000 Werk Nummer series).

 

160755

 

 

Listed u/s (shot up?) evening 29 August.

 

163876

 

 

Kaatsch aircraft, taken over from Freiburg by 2./Erg.JGr. Ost, 12.10.44.

 

440024

 

 

Taken over from Frieburg by 2./Erg.JGr. Ost at the same time as the above.

 

441794

 

 

Shot down on afternoon of 29 August.

 

412452

 

 

 

 

781200

 

 

Not a known Kaatsch machine unless 781210 was the number intended although that aircraft was due to pass to 1.(F)/121.

 

 

 

 

NOTE: A 78120_ [number missing] was taken over by 2./Erg.JGr. Ost on 12.10.44.

 

440628

 

 

 

 

440536

 

 

 

 

15363

 

 

 

 

441506

 

 

 

 

163361

 

 

 

 

15862

 

 

 

 

163174

 

 

 

 

41136

Bf 109

St. Dizier

 

Nine machines on this list are not known to have served with either 4. or 5.(F)/123. Therefore they may be JGr. 200 survivors and perhaps some which four of that Gruppe’s pilots had been sent to collect from Champfleury in mid-August.

Changes

On 27 August 1944, W.Nr. 26043 was destroyed on the ground at Dijon.

27–29 August 1944: 3 aircraft delivered (two known losses but net increase of one in strength)

29 August–6 September: 2 aircraft delivered (3 known losses but net reduction of 1 in strength)

6–7 September: 1 aircraft off total strength

7–28 September: 2 aircraft off total strength (one of these was Moschke’s “2+”)

1–2 October: 1 aircraft off total strength.

W.Nr. 412604 first appears in a return of 1 October.

W.Nr. 441019 first appears in the return of 28 September, to 2./JGr. Ost on 12 October.

Known pilots of Sonderstaffel Kaatsch

 

Spies

Oblt.

Theodor

5.(F)/123 (Staffelführer)

NOTE: Although a double-s is used in some Luftwaffe signals and war graves records, the spelling »Spies« is confirmed by correspondence from family members (information from Jacques Strübi).

 

 

 

 

Bell

Ltn.

Kurt

JGr. 200

Moschke

Ltn.

Heinz

JGr. 200

Weber

Ltn.

 

5.(F)/123 (Technischer Offizier)

Beller

Ofw.

 

 

Isken

Ofw.

Eduard

JGr. 200

Kuhlmann

Uffz.

 

5.(F)/123

Müller

Uffz.

 

5.(F)/123

Winter

Uffz.

Reinhold

 

NOTE: According to surviving sources, the highest number of pilots with the Staffel was 10 and this was after one man had been killed, so at least two names would appear to be missing from this list.

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