Fallschirmjäger in Lastensegler DFS 230

Discussion in 'Axis Units' started by Drew5233, May 5, 2009.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I thought the Allied Airborne were brave flying in Horsas, Waco's and Hamilcars but these look even more dangerous?

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    Pictures were taken in Italy and were used in the rescue of Mussolini.
     
  2. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Dangerous looking glider alright. Makes the Mussolini rescue seem all the more daring. Dont think I'd like to be inside one of those things.

    Interesting looking MG- gunner's position. I'd say it was pretty cold to be one of those gunners when the glider was in flight!!
     
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  3. A-58

    A-58 Not so senior Member

    Dangerous looking glider alright. Makes the Mussolini rescue seem all the more daring. Dont think I'd like to be inside one of those things.

    Interesting looking MG- gunner's position. I'd say it was pretty cold to be one of those gunners when the glider was in flight!!
    I am not familiar with glider tactics, but at first thought after seeing it, I figured that MG position would be primarily used just prior to landing, on a hot DZ. But you are right GH, it would still be a windy and cold position to exposed to even for a short while....
     
  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Andy,

    I knew a DFS 230 Glider Pilot and Fallschirmjäger after holidaying in Kent in the late 1970`s.

    Bert and his family visited me in the UK as he liked the UK and was a frequent visitor.

    He joined young before the war as he was born the youngest son in a large family in Bavaria and realizing he had no chance of inheriting decided to get out of farming.

    He had learned gliding as there were lots of clubs around later became a pilot for the DSF 230 and landed one on the fort at Eben Amael in Belgium.

    He later took part in the Crete campaign but was severely injured in the chest.
    Seeing that fellow wounded soldiers were being killed by the local population he hid in a very thick hedgerow for a couple of days before he was found by his own troops and taken to hospital.

    He never spoke much about the war, but I often wondered if he was in Italy at the same time as my father.

    After the war he went to night school and later became an industrial chemist and worked for Beyer, in particular developing Agfa colour film.

    A quiet and hard working individual whom you would not think was a paratroop and glider pilot.

    He passed away about 3 years ago.

    Battle of Fort Eben-Emael - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Fort Eben Emael - Google Video Search#

    Fort Eben-Emael - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Regards
    Tom
     
  5. Passchendaele_Baby

    Passchendaele_Baby Grandads Little Girl

    I think theyre all very brave, for fighting in the war, but trusting those planes makes them shine even brighter!
     
  6. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Some photographs I took at Gatow showing a DFS 230.

    It shows the colours used

    Regards
    Tom
     

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  7. Passchendaele_Baby

    Passchendaele_Baby Grandads Little Girl

    Awesome pics Tom,
    The second ones a bit blurry though. I still cant beleive people actually rode in them!?!
     
  8. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Jess,

    Here's another to make up for the blurred one.

    Regards
    Tom
     

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  9. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Great pics Tom. I take it though that where Crete was concerned, the majority of Fallschirmjaeger were deployed via parachute from JU52 as opposed to mass landings of these gliders?
     
  10. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  11. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

  12. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

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  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  14. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    They landed by assult gliders on the Belgian forts, by this particular type ( AFAIAA).
     
  15. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    The Gotha Glider only entered service in 1942 and the DSF 230 was the only assault glider available early in the war for the German assault on the Belgium Fort at Eben - Emael

    Regards
    Tom
     
  16. COMMANDO

    COMMANDO Senior Member

    The DSF had the same construction as the US Waco: a frame made of aluminium and wood with fabric over it...
     
  17. Miguel B.

    Miguel B. Member

    The mountain and seaborn troops were used at the second stage of the battle for Crete commenced. They were deployed after the airport was secured by the Fallschirmjäger and used to unload the burden of the offensive from them.



    Cheers...
     
  18. COMMANDO

    COMMANDO Senior Member

    ImageShack -

    Last month taken at Eben Emael. If everything is according to plan we will rebuild a glider 1:1 and re-enact the event on Eben comming May 2010 :)
     
  19. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    ImageShack -

    Last month taken at Eben Emael. If everything is according to plan we will rebuild a glider 1:1 and re-enact the event on Eben comming May 2010 :)
    I take it you wont be flying them in?? :lol:
     
  20. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    ImageShack -

    Last month taken at Eben Emael. If everything is according to plan we will rebuild a glider 1:1 and re-enact the event on Eben comming May 2010 :)

    Just checked out the images.

    I am very impressed with your construction of the DSF 230 Glider.

    What will happen to it when it is completed, will it be going on permanent display or just on outings with the group?

    I look forward to seeing some pictures of the re-enactment planned.

    Regards
    Tom
     

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