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Fieseler Fi 156C-2 Storch AVM Harry Broadhurst, No. 83 Group, 2TAF, RAF, France, 1944 

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Fieseler Fi 156C-2 Storch AVM Harry Broadhurst, No. 83 Group, 2TAF, RAF, France, 1944

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Historical Note:   The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (stork) was a small German liaison aircraft built by Fieseler before and during World War II, and production continued in other countries into the 1950s for the private market. It remains famous to this day for its excellent STOL performance, and French-built later variants often appear at air shows.

The Storch could be found on every front throughout the European and North African theaters of operation in World War II. It will probably always be most famous for its role in Operation Eiche, the rescue of deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from a boulder-strewn mountain top near the Gran Sasso, surrounded by Italian troops. German commando Otto Skorzeny dropped with 90 paratroopers onto the peak and quickly captured it, but the problem remained of how to get back off. A Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 helicopter was sent, but it broke down en route. Instead, pilot Walter Gerlach flew in a Storch, landed in 30 m (100 ft), took aboard Mussolini and Skorzeny, and took off again in under 80 m (250 ft), even though the plane was overloaded. The Storch involved in rescuing Mussolini bore the radio code letters, or Stammkennzeichen, of "SJ + LL" in motion picture coverage of the daring rescue.

After capturing this Fi 156 in Libya in 1943, Air Vice Marshal Harry Broadhurst brought it to England in 1944 in preparation for the Normandy invasion when he took command of No. 83 Group of the 2nd Tactical Air Force. He even flew Prime Minister Winston Churchill across the English Channel into Normandy in this aircraft.

Info:       Fieseler Fi 156C-2 Storch - AVM Harry Broadhurst, No. 83 Group, 2TAF, RAF, France, 1944


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Fieseler Fi -156 Storch (06:06)
Designed in 1935, The Storch (Stork) was widely used during WW2 by the German Military for reconnaissance, liaison and casualty transportation. Designed at the outset as a STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) machine, its ability to operate out of very small fields is legendary. A combination of leading edge slats, flaps and drooping ailerons give it an incredibly low stalling speed. However, the design creates a lot of drag, resulting in a very modest 93mph cruising speed. Burning 65 litres per hour, it uses more fuel per mile than The Collections Spitfire.The Stork name, derived from its long shock-absorbing undercarriage, is highly appropriate.The most famous Storch Mission was the hazardous rescue of deposed Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini from his 9000ft high mountain-top prison in the Gran Sasso Massif in Italy. The landing site was but a tiny, rock-strewn ledge. It is also noteworthy that Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel had a Storch as his personal plane in North Africa, operating routinely from improvised desert strips. The last act of fame by a Storch was a flight by Hanna Reisch to Hitlers bunker in the middle of Berlin 26 April 1945.THIS EXHIBIT G-STCHWerke No. 2088 was built in 1943 by Fieseler Werke GMBH. It is a rare survivor of the early A-model. Regrettably, as is often the case with Luftwaffe aircraft, details of its wartime career are as yet unknown. As was the case with many Storch, the aircraft had a long post-war career as a French glider tug. Acquired as a basket case by RLM Aviation Fairoaks, its restoration was well advanced when ownership passed to Peter Holloway in December 06. After being fully restored the aircraft made its maiden flight on 11th March 2009.SPECIFICATIONEngine One Argus As 10C-3 of 240 hpMaximum speed: 109 mphCruising speed: 93 mphSpan: 46 ft. 9 in.Length: 32 ft. 6 in.Height: 10 ft.Weight: 2,904 lbs. maximumCopyright © 2011 Malcolm AuldThis video and audio material may not be reproduced in any form (except as an embedded video on any other website), without written permission.
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