Kommando Koch: strength returns

It must be emphasised that most of the figures below are provisional. While Fliegerkorps X's strength reports were frequently deciphered by the British, their form was not consistent. Returns may cover only some of the units subordinated to the Korps and the individual formations' names are sledom given, rather they are listed as "(a), (b), (c) …" A further complication is introduced units as units arrive from or leave for other commands such as Fliegerkorps II and Fliegerführer Afrika. in response to the demands of war.

All this makes it necessary to compare successive sets of figures and to deduce which is which. At times the picture is obscured where there are a number of unnamed units with similar strengths. Working outwards from the instances where the Kommando is named (see the "remarks" column below), it is however possible to give an idea of its growth, up to and beyond the point where operations apparently ceased. It is noteworthy that neither of the unit's known losses appears to have reduced its reported strength.

Date

Total

Serv.

Remarks

ULTRA No.

 

 

 

 

 

01 Aug 42

No mention in Fl.Kps. X strength return, although Kommando Koch is allocated equipment by the Korps that day.

MKA 809
MKA 956

04 Aug 42

 

 

First ULTRA report of a jamming aircraft protecting a convoy.

MK 1064
MKA 1997

16 Aug 42

3

(2)

"unidentified unit" (first mention).

MKA 2083

17 Aug 42

3

(2)

 

MKA 2147

18 Aug 42

3

(1)

 

MKA 2288

19 Aug 42

3

(2)

 

MKA 2288

27 Aug 42

 

 

An aircraft en route to the Kommando made a forced landing in Belgrade.

QT 334

02 Sep 42

4

(2)

He 111 H-6, W.Nr. 7586, TM+KP lost in crash off Kalamaki.

QT 668

11 Sep 42

4

(3)

Sonderkommando Koch named: 3 (2) He 111 H-6 and 1 (1) Ju 88 D-5; 4 (3) crews.

QT 1448

15 Sep 42

4

(3)

 

QT 1500

25 Sep 42

5

(4)

 

QT 2222

06 Oct 42

5

(5)

He 111 H-6, W.Nr. 7192 lost in crash at Tympaki.

QT 2978

07 Oct 42

5

(4)

 

QT 3071

09 Oct 42

6

(3)

 

QT 3465

19 Oct 42

6

(3)

 

QT 4010

30 Oct 42

7

(3)

 

QT 4847

05 Nov 42

7

(3)

 

QT 5394

06 Nov 42

7

(4)

Last known operation.

QT 5437

07 Nov 42

7

(2)

 

QT 5588

08 Nov 42

7

(2)

 

QT 5622

10 Nov 42

8

(3)

 

QT 5888

12 Nov 42

8

(4)

 

QT 6050

15 Nov 42

8

(5)

 

QT 6229

17 Nov 42

8

(4)

 

QT 6454

20 Nov 42

8

(4)

 

QT 6647

26 Nov 42

8

(5)

Sonderkommando Koch named.

QT 7103

02 Dec 42

British comment: "units as in QT 7103 except that Stab/KG 76 replaces Sonder-kommando Koch as item (m) and III./JG 27 replaces 5./JG 53 as item (r)."

QT 7642

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