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Old 16th September 2006, 15:49
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Unit of Storch SU + LL (?) Used in Mussolini's Rescue

I am trying to determine the unit of the Storch used by Otto Skorzeny in his famous rescue of Mussolini on 12 September 1943. As far as I can determine from some very grainy film, the aircraft was coded S U + L L.

The Storch was flown by Hauptmann Heinich Gerlach:

www.3squadron.org.au/sasso.htm

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Old 17th September 2006, 00:10
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Re: Unit of Storch SU + LL (?) Used in Mussolini's Rescue

Just for the sake of precision, the codes of that Fi 156 were SJ+LL, as shown in the photo below (lightened and contrasted properly)



Hope this is of some help.

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Ferdinando:

Thank you very much for the correction and demonstrating that the correct code was SJ + LL. I spent much time with images of the Storch playing with the contrast, brightness, etc, but clearly your technical capacity exceeeds mine!

Advice as to the unit for this aircraft would be most appreciated.

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Re: Unit of Storch SU + LL (?) Used in Mussolini's Rescue

Being the Fi 156 virtually available to every Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe unit, it is rather difficult to determine its unit lacking any visible marking or badge on the plane, IMHO. The SJ+LL code could be of no help as it may have been simply a radio-call code, if I recall correctly.
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