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Flettner Fl282

Mathias Büchner

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According to Steve Coates, Deutsche Hubschrauber 1939-1945, Motorbuch Verlag, this looks like Flettner Fl282V12 CJ+FS during demonstrations to an Italian Navy delegation on 10th January 1943 near Rechlin.

Kind regards
Mathias
 

Steve Coates

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I'm more inclined these days to think the location is Berlin-Johannisthal. There were a whole series of photos taken by Kreigsberichter Veith. Occasional examples crop up. Some give Rechlin as the location whereas others give Berlin. These photos are usually marked as being 'reserviert fuer Adler' which I presume means they were intended for publication in Der Adler at some future point.
 
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According to Steve Coates, Deutsche Hubschrauber 1939-1945, Motorbuch Verlag, this looks like Flettner Fl282V12 CJ+FS during demonstrations to an Italian Navy delegation on 10th January 1943 near Rechlin.

Kind regards
Mathias

I have a problem:
Matthias says: Flettner Fl282V12 CJ+FS
But stammkennzeichen.de and our db say it should read/ be CJ+SF. Could Matthias have a letter switch/ typo or are the two others wrong?
 

Steve Coates

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Christian

No that's not a possibility in my view. Transportstaffel40 was initially established at Mühldorf where it worked up prior to transferring to Ainring and then moving into Austria and back again.

I don't think the Fl282V12 ever joined Transportstaffel40 although a strength listing from late April refers to 3 x Fl282 and 3 x Fa223. The exact movements of the two Fl282s flown south by the company's chief test pilot (Fuisting) and deputy test pilot (Reimann) aren't known but I believe the Fl282V12 was hidden in a mill at Penzberg (according to an interrogation of Flettner) and then surrendered to the Americans. The Fl282V23 was surrendered to the Americans at Wackersberg.

The Fl282V12 is known to have flown into Nellingen-Stuggart on 28/5/45. The captured helicopters were initially given very temporary markings (very nicely shown in these photos) to denote the change of 'ownership' before more permanent markings were applied at Nellingen-Stuttgart. The location isn't obvious from these photos but must be southern Germany sometime during mid-late May 1945. Interestingly, the pilot shown in one of the photos is Fuisting who as a rule made the transfer flights of the Fl282V23.

Steve
 
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