German Anti-Ship Missiles

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German Anti-Ship Missiles

Post by Caldric » 24 May 2002 22:29

Anyone have any information the German air lunched anti-shipping missiles. I just caught a glimpse of one on TV once, it looked like it was dropped from a Ju-88 and controlled by remote radio or perhaps even wire guided...

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Henschel

Post by Matt Gibbs » 24 May 2002 23:14

I think the one you are referring to is the henschel 293 missile. T

here were so many projects and models of this sort of weapon that a good book could actually be written on them, I haven't come across a stand alone book but there are other works which include them. Henschel's work in this field was the most prolific of all and a fiar success rate in operations was achieved by their equiptment. A team was put together in 1939 to do this work at the urging of the RLM. Test works with models was carried out prior to this by DVL, Siemens, Askania and the Schwartz Propellor Werke from 1937. Prof.Dr Herbert Wagner was their head. They developed what became known as the Hs293a amongst others. This was a missle incorporating a Walter 109-507B hydrogen peroxide and sodium permanganate fueled rocket motor with air pressurised tanks. The missle could reach 120mph with a 1,320lb thrust for 10 seconds, The aimer took control and in diving the missle could reach 560mph. Tests showed that they could be launched from 400 - 2000 metres height and 3.5 to 18 km from the taget. Radio control was employed and it also had a gyroscpoic automatic pilot. The controls could operate on 18 different frequencies. This allowed a mass of missiles to be launched and controlled seperately.
The Hs293B was the wire controlled version which had bobbins woth up to 30km range to the target! This was to prevent jamming of the signal to the missles from the launching plane. Already built A types were converted to have remote or wire link control. 2/KG200 sank the corvette Egret in the Bay of Biscay.
Other types were used and the book German Aircraft of the Second World War by JR Smith and Antony L Kay is a good source of info and pictures/diagrams

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Post by Pumpkin » 24 May 2002 23:25

That would be Hs293D guided glide bomb and Hs294D "rocket torpedo".

There are some quick resources on the web:

http://www.ctie.monash.edu.au/hargrave/rpav_germany_hr.html
http://www.luftarchiv.de/ (in German)

Also, http://www.luft46.com has an archive on Luftwaffe's future plans.

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Guided bombs

Post by Erich » 25 May 2002 00:45

Supposedly there were 1400 Frit X produced and 2300 Hs 293.

check Merriam Press out for their WW 2 Monograph # 53 covering both guided bombs. Author is William Wolf. Soft-bound with shipping in the states is $9.95. They offer the same book hard-bound as well.
These nasty bombs were dropped from Ju 88, 188, He 111 He 177, Do 217 and Fw 200, also trials with the Ju 290.

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Post by Pumpkin » 25 May 2002 14:03

Hehe, I misread the question and thought that you were interested in TV-guided missles, Caldric. I think that the Hs 293 and Hs 294, with the extention 'D', were the only operational anti-shipping missles that were guided by a TV-camera/TV-screen set.

Does anyone know of other use for TV-guidance during WW2? Were there prototypes for any TV-guided anti-air missles?

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Glider bomb actions....

Post by Erich » 25 May 2002 21:35

For a few exerpts on the ops of the glider bombs check this......

http://www.daileyint.com/seawar/seawar11.htm

scroll down midway for some interesting material

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Book

Post by Matt Gibbs » 27 May 2002 15:11

If you can't locate the book I mentioned I am happy to photocopy and send you the info on the Henschel missiles that I have. Tell me if you want further help on that and I'll copy it when I get the chance.
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Book....

Post by Erich » 27 May 2002 17:48

Matt :

I would be personally interested in the photo copy if available. I'm trying to find as much info as possible as well as Luftwaffe units equipped. Send me a private mail please !

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anti-ship weapons

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missiles.

Post by Erich » 18 Jun 2002 14:04

Graci Canutt !

Great pics........ :)

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