Henschel Hs-123 Heavy-Fighter, Dive-Bomber
Research is by; Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette
I will add the development and history of the Henschel Hs-123 Fighter, Divebomber.
In the mean time, below are images I scanned from a plastic model magazine from 1970.
In my interview with Luftwaffe pilot Wilhelm Kriessmann, he mentioned that he flew the Hs-123 in a training unit.
He was well aware of the successful use of the fighter, dive-bomber in combat in Spain, Poland, France and Russia.
Wilhelm commented; "The Hs-123 impressed me much stronger as a dive-bomber than the old Ju-87 model. She was like a stinging wasp when diving you could press a button and sirens fixed beneath the wings were howling causing a devastating effect".
This is from a Luftwaffe pilot that loved his job! And I don't blame him. I would have done the same given the chance.
The described his Hs-123 as painted in Green and Gray splinter pattern with a light Blue bottom.
Wilhelm's first flight in the Hs-123 was on October 28, 1939 at Straubing. Aircraft codes were S13+H46. The "S" represents "School."
His second flight was on November 11, 1939 at Straubing.
Aircraft codes were S13+B12. He flew the Hs-123 one more time at the end of AB
The model as well as the profile was from a very old model magazine. The artist and modeler was Sidney Chivers.
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Posted August 2, 2008
Reposted and Counter Added on June 23, 2011