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mattinen
09-17-2004, 05:40 AM
Do any of you gentlemen know something about german units called "Ostfliegerstaffel"? As far as I know they used Arado 66, Gotha 145, Po-2 and UT-2 planes?

mattinen
09-17-2004, 05:40 AM
Do any of you gentlemen know something about german units called "Ostfliegerstaffel"? As far as I know they used Arado 66, Gotha 145, Po-2 and UT-2 planes?

F19_Ob
09-17-2004, 06:23 AM
no sorry, dont know...but I'm interested too, so I give a bump.

found this on google though
http://www.google.se/search?q=Ostfliegerstaffel&hl=sv&lr=&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw

JG4_Bendwick
09-17-2004, 06:49 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mattinen:
Do any of you gentlemen know something about german units called "Ostfliegerstaffel"? As far as I know they used Arado 66, Gotha 145, Po-2 and UT-2 planes?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

As far as I know was the Ostfliegerstaffel a unit of deserted russian pilots. They fought the most time with old russian planes added with german markings for the axis.

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ouston
09-18-2004, 05:18 PM
The following might be of use to you. It is from "Die Verbande der Luftwaffe 1935-1945", Wolfgang Dietrich, Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart, 1976. If you are interested in the Luftwaffe order of battle it is a book well worth getting hold of. My German is not brilliant but I am reasonably confident in translating it as follows:

Ostfliegerstaffel (Russian)

In December 1943 1 Ostfliegerstaffel (Russian) was formed by Luftflotte 1. It was formed of Russian volunteers and was equipped with captured Soviet aircraft of the UT-2/U-2 type as well as Ar-66 and Go-145.

At the beginning of 1944 the Staffel was at Dunaberg under the command of 3 Flieger Division. In March the Staffel was transfered to Lida in the Luftflotte 6 area and came under command of Flieger Fuhrer 1. In July 1944 the Staffel was disbanded.

Additionally there is a reference in "The Luftwaffe data book", Alfred Price, Greenhill, London, 1997. This gives a strength in May 1944 of 9 aircraft of which 8 were serviceable. It states that these were Ar-66 and Go-145s so maybe there were no U-2s around by this stage.

I suspect that disbandment in July 1944 may not have been entirely voluntary as Operation Bagration got under way at the end of the month and may have played a part.

Regards
Ouston