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Old 4th January 2019, 16:35
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Part Two of Hs 123 eArticle available

Dear all

Following on from Part One, which was very well received, Air War Publications is very happy to announce the release of Part Two of Morten’s Henschel 123 eArticle. This part takes the story from September 1939 through to the end of the Hs 123’s wartime service, in January 1945 on the Eastern Front. It is remarkable that this little biplane was still flying operations against the might of the Soviets as late as then, but it is testimony to just how valuable it was as a ground-attack aircraft.

The focus of Part Two is the operational history of the Hs 123, and Morten’s article features numerous first-hand accounts, painstakingly gathered over the last decade in interviews and extensive correspondence with men who flew the Henschel 123. The aircraft was operated by an entire Gruppe in Poland and France, and then by a single Staffel in the Balkans and on the Eastern Front. Due to it generally being attached to the main army support formation, VIII. Fliegerkorps, the Hs 123 was active at many of the Eastern Front hot spots between 1941 and 1943, including the advance on Moscow, Stalingrad, the Crimea, and Kursk.

The eArticle also features a taste of Morten’s impressive Hs 123 photograph collection. It contains sixteen photos, three maps, seven tables, as well as two profiles in the camouflage appendix.

Part Two of the Hs 123 eArticle is available here: Henschel 123 – Part Two

We hope you will enjoy the eArticle.

Last, but not least - Happy New Year to everyone!!

All the best from Air War Publications

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Old 4th January 2019, 17:07
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Re: Part Two of Hs 123 eArticle available

I very much looking forwards to the book you’re working on. Guess this will whet my appetite for now !
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Old 4th January 2019, 17:40
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Re: Part Two of Hs 123 eArticle available

Hej Orwell
My next focus is the book. The second part of the article was an exercise for me to figure out what I was missing, in order to describe the operations during the Second World War. While writing the article a good amount of material was found. The second purpose is indeed - to whet your appetite :0)

I hope you will enjoy the article. Personally I think it provides a good overview of the 'Small Soldier's path from 1939 to 1945, as well as correct some of the much repeated errors over the past many years.

Have a nice weekend
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Old 4th January 2019, 20:05
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Re: Part Two of Hs 123 eArticle available

A nice article indeed. Hope the book will follow soon.
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Old 4th January 2019, 22:41
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Re: Part Two of Hs 123 eArticle available

Good evening dear Mr Jessen,

congratulations to this new publication. I've purchased my pdf as soon as I learned about it. Scrolling through the pages makes me look forward to working it through word by word.

You may have heard that Georg Brütting in "Das waren die deutschen Stuka-Asse 1939-1945" (1995) wrote on page 98 that Alfred Druschel scored seven kills with the Hs 123.
We know from Johannes Mathews that Druschel's seven kills were scored on 22. and 23. June 1941.
Your publication mentions Druschel in connection with the Bf109.
Can we safely exclude that Brütting is right ?

Have a happy and successful new year 2019,

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Old 5th January 2019, 00:27
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Re: Part Two of Hs 123 eArticle available

Hi,

a small remark to 1.9.39:
Uffz. Arthur Kracht did not fire his aircraft. After being disarmed by 18-year old Polish resident he was handed over to Polish soldiers of a tank company and taken to Tybla. Then he was transported to Wielun (he was almost lynched there) his wounds were dressed and he was sent to hospital in Lodz. There at least 4 photos showing his aircraft in quite good condition with German soldiers.

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Old 5th January 2019, 19:17
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Re: Part Two of Hs 123 eArticle available

Dear Maciej, Michael and Robert
Thanks for your comments and remarks.

@ Michael; Druschel may have scored multiple Soviet aircraft in the Hs123 on 22 and 23 June 1941, but I would assume they would be aircraft on the ground. I find aerial claims to be unlikely, until confirmation from primary sources see the light of day.
He may have flown the Hs123 on occasion and on those dates, as it seemed the pilots could be "borrowed" by some of the other Staffeln. On the other hand, as a Staffel leader I would expect him to fly and lead his Bf 109 unit into battle. What is the source of Johannes Mathews information?

@Robert; Thanks for your input. Could it be possible that he tried to set the cockpit on fire, but did not succeed? Although, the head rest looks pretty clean and undamaged on the photos I have.

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Hi Morten,

he had had no time because almost after force-landing he was "captured" by this young boy. According to the doctor, who dressed his wounds his hand was almost shot away so the pain must be very big so I don`t expect that he was thinking about his plane.

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... good point :0)

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Re: Part Two of Hs 123 eArticle available

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@ Michael; Druschel may have scored multiple Soviet aircraft in the Hs123 on 22 and 23 June 1941, but I would assume they would be aircraft on the ground. I find aerial claims to be unlikely, until confirmation from primary sources see the light of day.
He may have flown the Hs123 on occasion and on those dates, as it seemed the pilots could be "borrowed" by some of the other Staffeln. On the other hand, as a Staffel leader I would expect him to fly and lead his Bf 109 unit into battle. What is the source of Johannes Mathews information?
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Good evening dear Morten,

I'm happy that you don't exclude that Druschel flew a Hs123 on these days because the possibility of a Hs123 ace is so much more appealing than another Bf109 ace.
Johannes Mathews has written this gigantic opus with John Foreman:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Luftwaffe-A.../dp/1906592187
They used primary sources, principally the listings on microfilms discovered at Bundesarchiv Militararchiv in Germany and various unit war diaries.
I think the data provided in these volume is the best ever offered.

Have a good start into a successful new week,

Michael
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