German Helicopters in Tunisia Feb '43

Discussion in 'General' started by Phaethon, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Phaethon

    Phaethon Historian

    I was wondering if anyone had heard anything about this or could validate this POW report?

    As ever with me, a visit to the archives always raises a few interesting documents. This particular document arose investigating the war diary of 'Y' division, the temporary scratch unit raised to counter a german thrust in the hills N.W of Bou Arada (just after Rommels tailwag in Kasserine).

    During Y Divs first battle for Steamroller farm (See an earlier thread) a number of commando and german casualties were put into the farm buildings by the Germans and later rescued in the 2nd battle by a joint coldstream and churchill tank force. For the first engagement the german forces were opperating well ahead of their supply lines and were being reinforced by air drop, however interrogating German pow's revealed that some of the casualties from steamroller had previously been evacuated by german 'Autogiro'.

    Now this may not have been relable, but its a funny thing to bring up if not. Does anyone know anything about the practice of using early helicopters in this front?
  2. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Fl 282

    Flettner Fl 282 during flight trialsRoleHelicopterManufacturerAnton Flettner, Flugzeugbau GmbHIntroduced1942Retired1945
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    Flettner Fl 282 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This helicopter was used on many occassions in the Mediterranean by the German Navy.
    Not sure if it was ever used for rescue etc, but it was only a single seater I believe.

    No Autogyro at the time, in my opinion, would have been up to the job of

    evacuation-rescue etc.

    I await other replies with interest.

  3. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

  4. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin


    A Bell :D from a well known film.

  5. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Is it? Now why would you say a thing like that?

    At 1:35

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