View Full Version : Bachstelze in flight

07-02-2007, 03:33 AM
Seen at the last minute here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrFiWZzzq7I)

Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laG5hQ-n2pg)

07-02-2007, 03:33 AM
Seen at the last minute here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrFiWZzzq7I)

Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laG5hQ-n2pg)

07-02-2007, 04:14 AM
Excellent find ! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

It also contains the newsreel with the japanese submarine visiting france in better quality than the one i have. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

07-02-2007, 04:47 AM
Interesting film, any volunteers to man the little helicopter lookout thingy...... total silence, good find.

07-02-2007, 05:01 AM
Awesome discovery Scape_G http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

07-02-2007, 07:24 AM
Wow! Now I truly believe that the Bachstelze can fly. Whenever I saw a picture of one, I couldn't imagine how a 'helicopter' with no engine could lift the weight of a man safely!

Thanks for sharing http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

07-02-2007, 08:37 AM
Excellent find! Did they draw straws to see who went up in it? Imagine seeing your colleagues cut loose the wire and then submerge beneath you! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

07-02-2007, 08:44 AM
I still wouldn;t be in that thing when the boat had to crash dive. Very good find! Never knew about those things

07-02-2007, 02:17 PM
Great find Scape_G !

The Bachstelze (the helicopter) is described in the book "Shooting the war" by Otto Giese who was a second watch officer onboard the U181, a type IXD2 on teir way to Penang in the Indian ocean.

When they were in the area of Cape Town, he describe the Bachstelze; I quote from page 183-184: "Our boat was rigged with a Bachstelze. This was a small, single, piloted helicopter attached to a long steel cable and lifted into the air by the speed of our boat while the cable was gradually reeled out. From his position aloft, the pilot had a 360-degree view and could report any vessels. One day, as I was busy on watch keeping the boat running against a strong wind while our aviator flew aloft, the man at the hawser reel yelled, "Sir, sir, look, the cable snapped!" I looked up. Our hopeless pilot was spiraling down toward the water. Eventually he hit the surface with a huge splash. The pilot seemed okay. However, a new danger quickly appeared. Thinking he was a wounded fish, several large albatrosses and numerous seagulls descended on him, trying to peck his head. Before serious wounds could be inflicted, we picked up the stunned airman, who was received with roars of laughter by the crew. Nobody was sorry that the helicopter was gone. It had been more trouble than it was worth."

A great book by the way. I would recommend it to anybody finding interest in the german uboats.


07-02-2007, 02:54 PM
Who tknew that parasailing was invented by the germans?