Kampfgeschwader 100 “Wiking” – I./KG 100 – Eastern Front (1942)

On January 12, 1942 the I./KG 100 was move from their locations in Germany back to the Eastern Front, this time to the southern part. 28 Heinkel He 111 H-6 where moved to Focsani in Romania. In early 1942, targets where Soviet shipping in the Black Sea and the city of Sevastopol. As the front moved east, so did the Geschwader.

By January 24th, 1942, the I./KG 100 was relocated to the airfield at Kirovograd in the central Ukraine just to be moved again just five days later, on January 29th, to the town of Saki (Saky) on the Crimea. From February 1942 to May 1942, I./KG 100 was occupied supporting the fighting om the Crimean peninsula – mainly missions against Sevastopol and the Kerch peninsula.

As the fighting on the Crimean peninsula ceased, the I./KG 100 continued to move eastwards – first to the airfield of Samorsk on the eastern Crimea, then on to Kotelnikovo. From here, I./KG 100 was supporting the Battle for Stalingrad – today known as Volgograd. By the end of 1942 and into January 1943, I./KG 100 continued the support for the encircled 6. Armee in Stalingrad, bringing in supplies and evacuating the wounded. By end of January 1943, the battle for Stalingrad was over – and the I./KG 100 was withdrawn to Lemberg.


  • Balke, Ulf (1981): Kampfgeschwader 100 “Wiking” – Eine Geschichte aus Kriegstagebüchern, Dokumenten und Berichten 1934 – 1945 – Motorbuchverlag – ISBN 3-87943-772-6