Dive-Bombing Debut

Jay Blakemore offers a glimpse of the Hs 123’s relatively short career

These Hs 123s are early A-series airframes, recognisable by the lack of crash pylons behind the cockpit. They hail from St.G 165 ‘Immelman’ and are pictured in 1937, wearing the pre-war ‘A’ camouflage scheme.

When World War One fighter ace turned stunt pilot, Urnst Udet, returned from a tour of the US extoling the dive-bombing prowess of the Curtiss Hawk II, he was offered funds to purchase two examples by the newly established Reichluftfahrtministerium (German Air Ministry - RLM).

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