4.(F)/11 (Aufklärungsgruppe 11) was flying Me 110 reconnaissance planes out of Kirchgöns in 1939-1940.
Christian - don't be offended, but I have a problem with the above statement. Although I will concede that it is possible
that 4.(F)/11 aircraft may have used Fl.Pl. Kirch-Göns during the 1939-40 period, I would still need to have proof of that. The Michael Holm web site is not proof because of its tremendous number of errors. But what I really take issue with is your contention that 4.(F)/11 was equipped with Bf 110's. If they were so equipped, the Germans didn't know about it. All of the surviving documentation, i.e., the 6.Abt.(Gen.Qu.)/Genst.d.Lw. Verlustmeldungen bei die fliegende Verbände reports, the histories written by the better German historians, and statements made to the Aufklärungsflieger veterans group by Hptm. Ulrich Hoffmann, who was Staka of 4.(F)/11 from Sep 1939 to Mar 1940, all state that the Staffel was equipped with Do 17P's during this period. Here is an extract of the Staffel's history for that time frame:
4. (F)/Aufkl.Gr. 11
(6M + )
1 April 1939 at Grossenhain (new) with Do 17s. (Defieux; Dierich).
8/39: at Grossenhain until general mobilization ordered 25-26 August, then moved to Neisse in Silesia by 1 September for the attack on Poland with 12 Do 17Ps under Koluft Heeresgruppe Süd. (Balke-I:398). Another source states that the Staffel was employed over North Poland in support of 4th Army. (Dierich).
West -Attack on France and the Low Countries
10/39- 2/40: Staffel whereabouts unknown following the conclusion of the campaign in Poland, but probably returned to Grossenhain before moving to an airfield in the central Rhine sector opposite the Pfalz-Saarland area.
2.3.40: (Ob.d.H.) -Do 17P (6M+AM) intercepted by RAF Hurricanes while flying a recce mission in the vicinity of Metz/France and shot down, but not before the rear-gunner got one of the attacking fighters, 100%, Oblt. Adolf Leupold and two other crew members captured.
1.4.40: (Ob.d.H.) -Do 17P shot down by French fighters near Sedan while on a photo recce mission to the Metz area, 100%, 2 KIA and 1 captured.
10.5.40: the Staffel's assignment for the invasion of France that began on this date is not known.
13.5.40: (Ob.d.H.) -Do 17P failed to return from a recce mission N of Reims.
16.5.40: (Ob.d.H.) -Do 17P shot down by a Morane 406 over Chimay/SW Belgium.
18.5.40: (Ob.d.H.) -Do 17P shot down by a Hurricane over Valenciennes.
24.5.40: (Ob.d.H.) -Do 17P failed to return from a recce sortie over NE France.
10.6.40: (Ob.d.H.) -Do 17P shot down near Soissons/NW of Reims.
14.6.40: (Ob.d.H.) -Do 17P failed to return from a recce flight over South France.
Air Offensive Against England (Battle of Britain)
7/40- 5/41: although at least two non-German secondary sources maintain that the Staffel converted to Bf 110s during the summer of 1940 and then flew artillery spotting and range adjusting sorties over the south coast of England for German coast artillery that was emplaced in the Pas de Calais area, there is not a single shred of evidence to support this. (Defieux; Dierich). Rather, it appears that the Staffel was inactive in France until at least October, and then returned to Germany to convert to the Junkers Ju 88.
7.10.40: (Ob.d.H.) -Do 17P (6M+HM) destroyed in a take-off accident at Paris -Le Bourget, 100%, 1 killed and 2 injured.
22.5.41: (Ob.d.H.) -Ju 88 crashed and burned at Fp.Schippenbeil in East Prussia, 100%, Oblt. Günther Hennig + 3 all killed.
22.6.41: Staffel's assignment for the attack on the Soviet Union this date unknown, although one source places it under Koluft/AOK 9, which does not seem correct. (Dierich).
etc., etc., etc.
So, in view of the above information, which has almost all been taken from primary documents, any documents you can show that has 4.(F)/11 flying Bf 110's will be of great interest to me and also to a number of others.
Thanks, Christian, and again, this is all in aid of getting historically correct information up on the forum, here, because it is then used by others as a source of information.