kari lumppio wrote:Hei!
My first post here.
Welcome to the forum Kari!
kari lumppio wrote:I do have the KGr 506 War diary for 1941 in microfilm (NARA) form. It seems the unit did not participate at all in any of the Leningrad area attacks Summer 1941!
KGr 506 was based at Westerland for Summer 1941 and were transferred in Autumn to Riga and later to Pärnu (Pernau) for operations over the Estonian islands. IIRC KGr 506 planes bombed Hanko few times, but all this was in September - October 1941. They went back to Germany after the operation was over.
It is also interesting that in the KTB there is no mention about any of KGr 506 planes visiting Finland. Yet there is photo of one Ju 88 with KGr 506 code in for example the Keskinen & Stenman Luftwaffe in Finland -book.
I think you confuse Küstenfliegergruppe 506 (Kü.Fl.Gr.506), Kampfgruppe 508 (KGr.508) with KGr.506?
Possibly KG 1, KG 76, KG 77 or Kü.Fl.Gr. 506 of I Fliegerkorps (Commander Generalleutnant Helmuth Förster) operated on this direction. On the Finnish direction was initially also KGr.806. The first German attack through the Finnish territory were carried out by Kampfgruppe 806 reinforced with four planes of Kette 1.Staffel / Küstenfliegergruppe 506 (Ke.1./Kü.Fl.Gr.506).
From my site:
Between June 1941 and 27.10.1941 most German planes of Luftflotte 1 operating in Southern Finland had been subordinated to Fliegerführer Ostsee (Fl.Fü.Ostsee) (Oberstleutnant / Oberst (1.8.41) Wolfgang von Wild) at first in Swinemünde, later in Riga and Tallinn. Its flying units were initially:
* Kampfgruppe 806 (KGr.806) (Gr.Kdeur until 28.6.41 Major Emig, KIA)
* Aufklärungsgruppe 125 (Aufkl.Gr.125)
This information is mostly based on Prof. Mauno Jokipii's and Hannu Valtonen's books.
kari lumppio wrote:For those who like to dig in archives (Sota-arkisto) I think Lentokenttähuoltokomppania (Air field supply company) and such documents could give some answers (or more questions) on the topic of Luftwaffe attacks. Also Anti-Aircraft artillery units. For example at Utti was based 84. Kev.It.Jaos and their war diary mention the German Ju 88 refuelling in couple of times (but IIRC not reaarming, should check that one). One of the planes overturned, this is the well known case (there are photos of the wreck).
I agree. Also the diaries of air surveillance units (or their IPAKs, regional centres) might be worth reading.