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Posted: 11/23/2013 10:10:11 AM EST
Any examples of helicopters used in WWII?
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:11:42 AM EST
germans had them...
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:11:49 AM EST
Germans used an early version on U-boats for observation, although IIRC they were more a towed gyro-copter rather than a true helicopter...

I believe the manufacturer was Focke-Wulf....

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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:12:00 AM EST
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Any examples of helicopters used in WWII?
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If there were, someone would have got crappy cell phone pics to prove it.
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:13:45 AM EST
I believe we used a Sikorsky to medivac someone in Burma. Took a few days to make landing pad. Remember reading and seeing pictures when I was a kid.
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:13:54 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/23/2013 10:15:00 AM EST by sbhaven]
Yes.
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Germany

Some types in use of Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine
Focke-Wulf Fw C.30A (La Cierva C.30A) (General Purpose autogyro)
Focke-Wulf Fw 186 (Liaison autogyro)
Focke-Wulf Autogyro-Helicopter (Experimental prototype)
Focke-Wulf Fw 61 (Experimental helicopter)
Focke Achgelis Fa 330 "Bachstelze" (Autogyro-Glider/Observation vehicle)
Focke Achgelis Fa 266 "Hornisse" (Civil Transport helicopter), re-designated as Fa 223 in 1939 before the first prototype flew.
Focke Achgelis Fa 223 "Drache" (General Use/Transport helicopter)
Focke Achgelis (DFS) Fa 225 (Assault-autogyro glider)
Focke Achgelis Fa 284 (Flying Crane/Heavy Transport helicopter) prototype designed but not completed
Flettner Fl 184 (Two-Place autogyro)
Flettner Fl 185 Heligyro (helicopter-autogyro)
Flettner Fl 265 (Twin Rotor Liaison-Observation helicopter, pioneer of synchropter confguration)
Flettner Fl 282A/B "Kolibri" (attack synchropter)
Flettner Fl 339 (Reconnaissance helicopter)
Nagler-Hafner RI Revoplane(Experimental helicopter)
Nagler-Hafner RII Revoplane(Single-place helicopter)
Nagler-Hafner Heliogyro (Autogyro-helicopter)
Nagler-Rolz RI (Single-place helicopter)
Nagler-Rolz RII (Single-place helicopter)
Nagler-Rolz NR 54 (One-Man portable helicopter)
Nagler-Rolz Nr 55 (One-Man portable helicopter)
Baumgartl "Heliofly" I (Light Autogyro-glider)
Baumgartl "Heliofly" III-57 (Two Contra-rotating helicopter)
Baumgartl "Heliofly" III-59 (Little and light disarmable helicopter)
Wiener Neustadter (Doblohff) WNF 342 (Tip-Jet helicopter)
Weserflug P.1003/1 VTOL (Vertical TakeOff and Landing) aircraft project
AEG (Schimdt) Electric-Tethered Helicopter (Unmanned Vehicle for raising radio antenna or Manned aerial observation platform)

United States

In use by USAAF, US Navy and USCG
Kellet KD-1A (La Cierva C.30A) (General Use Autogyro)
Sikorsky VS-300 (Experimental helicopter)
Sikorsky R-4B "Hoverfly" (General Applications helicopter)
Sikorsky YR-4B "Hoverfly" (Ambulance/Sea Patrol helicopter)
Sikorsky R-5A (Rescue/Reconnaissance helicopter)
Platt-LePage XR-1 (Experimental helicopter)
Kellet Cobra XX-9 (Attack helicopter)

Great Britain

In use by RAF and FAA
Avro 671 "Rota" Mk.1 (La Cierva C.30A) (General Purpose Autogyro)
Weir W.5/6 (Helicopter based on Fw 61 Design)
Bristol "Heliogyro" RI/II (Experimental helicopter)
Sikorsky "Hoverfly" I (YR-4B/R-4B) (General Purpose helicopter)

Canada

In use for RCAF
Avro 671 "Rota" Mk.1 (La Cierva C.30A) (General Purpose Autogyro)
Sikorsky R-4B "Hoverfly" (General Purpose Helicopter)

Soviet Union

In use for Red Army and V-VS
TsAGI (Kamov) A-7/7bis (Liaison and Observation Autogyro)

Japan

In use by Japanese Army/Navy Air Service
KD-1a Kayaba KA-2 KA
Kayaba Ka-1

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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:14:32 AM EST
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:18:48 AM EST
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Yup, they used them when they bombed Pearl Harbor.



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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:19:47 AM EST
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Yes, my great great uncle was a WWII helicopter pilot. Won the flying cross for it. His flight jacket is in the Dayton air museum.

http://www.fordyce.org/genealogy/obituaries/M/MurdockRaymondF_1992.html
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:20:30 AM EST
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:28:36 AM EST
Yep, most people aren't aware that the U.S. had a very basic helicopter in service at the end of WWII. At that point they were used only for rescue and medical evac.

From Wikipedia:

"Developed from the VS-300, Sikorsky's R-4 became the first large-scale mass-produced helicopter with a production order for 100 aircraft. The R-4 was the only Allied helicopter to see service in World War II, primarily being used for rescue in Burma and Alaska, and other areas with harsh terrain. Total production would reach 131 helicopters before the R-4 was replaced by other Sikorsky helicopters such as the R-5 and the R-6. In all, Sikorsky would produce over 400 helicopters before the end of World War II."
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:28:51 AM EST
we used some of these

Sikorsky R-4
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:32:02 AM EST
An interesting conversation, and not out of place here at all, but I am constantly amazed at how many GD topics could just as easily have been Google searches.

I am as guilty as any, this thread just struck me as a good example.



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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 10:52:05 AM EST
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Originally Posted By TerribleTom:
An interesting conversation, and not out of place here at all, but I am constantly amazed at how many GD topics could just as easily have been Google searches.

I am as guilty as any, this thread just struck me as a good example.



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Yeah, but then you don't get the additional info like fiver's great uncle example above.
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 11:04:51 AM EST
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Originally Posted By capnrob97:
Yeah, but then you don't get the additional info like fiver's great uncle example above.
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Originally Posted By TerribleTom:
An interesting conversation, and not out of place here at all, but I am constantly amazed at how many GD topics could just as easily have been Google searches.

I am as guilty as any, this thread just struck me as a good example.



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Yeah, but then you don't get the additional info like fiver's great uncle example above.
Absolutely.

Wasn't trying to shit on your thread, Cap'n.

That fiver post is a perfect example of something Google would almost never provide.
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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 11:10:52 AM EST
Of course they were. Hell, there's one right here in Where Eagles Dare.

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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 11:12:40 AM EST



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Link Posted: 11/23/2013 11:15:49 AM EST
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Originally Posted By fiver:
Yes, my great great uncle was a WWII helicopter pilot. Won the flying cross for it. His flight jacket is in the Dayton air museum.

http://www.fordyce.org/genealogy/obituaries/M/MurdockRaymondF_1992.html
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Awesome family history, thanks!
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