Messerschmitt Me 323D "Gigant" (Giant) heavy transport at rest in an unknown airfield in 1943. Aircraft in the background appeared to be Heinkel He 111 medium bombers. The first unit equipped with the Me 323 and formed during November 1942 was I./KG.zbV (I.Gruppe / Kampfgeschwader zur besonderen Verwendung) that had nine aircraft, and became operational in the Middle East, where a second unit II./KG.zbV 323 was formed in March 1943. These units operated between North Afrika and Trapani, Sicily, supplying Erwin Rommel's Afrikakorps. On April 22, 1943 there was a disastruos loss when 21 Me 323's were shot down by Allied aircraft!