4. (H) / 31

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Re: 4. (H) / 31

Post by Larry D. » 20 Dec 2020 14:52

4.(H)/Aufkl.Gr. 31
Code: (5D + )

also as: Nahaufklärungsstaffel 4./31



Formation and Training. (c.Jan 39 - Aug 39)
Formed early 1939, possibly in January, at Brieg/Silesia (new) with Heinkel He 45s and He 46s.

Polish Campaign. (Sep 1939)
1.9.39: deployed from Brieg to Schwieben in Upper Silesia with 12 He 45s and He 46s on receipt of the 26 August order for general mobilization and assigned to support VII. and/or XV. Armeekorps for the attack on Poland this date, advancing across the southern part of the country via Kielce to the Vistula around Sandomierz.
10.39: converted to the Henschel Hs 126 after the conclusion of the campaign, probably at Brieg.

West - Attack on France and the Low Countries. (May 40 - May 41)
10.5.40: Aachen-Monschau area under Koluft AOK 4 for the campaign in the West this date - assigned to support XV Corps along a line of advance Liege - Dunkirk area - Somme River - Loire River.

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Re: 4. (H) / 31

Post by Zafir12 » 21 Dec 2020 08:45

Thank you very much :) Do you have more such information? And from what source did you get them?

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Re: 4. (H) / 31

Post by Larry D. » 21 Dec 2020 14:03

The sources below cover the Staffel's history from 1939 to 1945. I can no longer identify which ones are just for 1939.

Sources - 4.(H)/31
J.-P.Défieux - Répertoire des Unités Aériennes de la Luftwaffe 1935-1945: Reconnaissance Aéronavale (Nanterre), privately published, n.d. (c 1988-90?); K.Ries - Luftwaffen Story 1935-1939; Tessin, Georg, Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939: Altes Heer, Freiwilligenverbände, Reichswehr, Heer, Luftwaffe, Landespolizei; G.Tessin - Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1939-1945, 16+ Bde., Teil 14: Die Luftstreitkräfte (Osnabrück, 1980); W.Dierich - Die Verbände der Luftwaffe 1935-1945: Gliederungen und Kurzchroniken – Eine Dokumentation; N.Kannapin - Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945; U.Balke - Der Luftkrieg in Europa: Die Operativen Einsätze des Kampfgeschwader 2 im Zweiten Weltkrieg, Teil I, p.398, 409; AFHRA Maxwell: Karlsruhe Collection KC - Kl13.309-3/v.1; AFHRA Maxwell OKL document Ia Nr.280/45 and OKL document in decimal 512.625S (British Air Ministry); NARA WashDC: RG 242 (T-77 roll 922/1085); (T-311 roll 228/491); (T-312 roll 203/585); (T-321 roll 50/876); (T-501 roll 244); NARA WashDC aerial photo data via M.Abicht; PRO London: AIR 40/1968, 1976, 1982; PRO London: HW 5/31.

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