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 Post subject: Arado Ar 232 photo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:57 pm 
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This photo of an Arado Ar 232A has appeared on eBay several times. Is it the Ar232A-010, stkz TC+EG, in use with Westa 5 which sank into the snow on Bear Island Norway on 7th August 1943 after a main landing gear collapse?

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 Post subject: Re: Arado Ar 232 photo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:32 pm 
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Ian,

Consulting the "Wekusta" book of Kington and Selinger I found the following.

Rudolf Schütze flew the aircraft to Bjørnøya on 6 Aug 1943 and a few hours before taking off to return to Banak with the AWS for repair there was a rain storm. As a consequence the Ar 232 sank into the mud. Attempts to unstick the aircraft came to nothing and equipment, fuel and tools had to be dropped to the crew so that they could construct a corduroy path. The plane finally returned to base on 21 Aug 1943.

Note that this is the plane that Rudolf Schütze lost his life flying on 26 Aug 1943 when due to bad weather and engine failure (the Ar 232 did not fly well on one engine) the aircraft crashed into high ground near Banak.

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 Post subject: Re: Arado Ar 232 photo
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:54 pm 
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Thanks Andy,

In Kranzhoff, Arado, History of an Aircraft Company, Schiffer, 1997, p.124, there is a photo of what appears to be the same incident. The book also discusses the event, noting that it was the right wing main undercarriage which had collapsed, so I assume that the ebay picture is a negative 'mirror' image. There is also a much larger photo of the aircraft at Banak July 1943 with a very clear Wekusta 5 emblem and also an account of the final loss of aircraft and crew.

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 Post subject: Re: Arado Ar 232 photo
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:48 pm 
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Ian,

That photo also appears in Schwerdtfeger and Selinger's "Wetterflieger in der Arktis 1940-44" and is clearly attributed to the 7 Aug incident. However, remember they righted the aircraft and then used the corduroy road to move it to safer ground.

There are a couple of photos of an earlier incident where the right undercarriage collapsed on landing in Spitzbergen on 24 Jul 1943 - it took 18 hours to get the plane upright.

This plane was collected from the manufacturers in July - had two mishaps (Jul and Aug) and killed the crew and passengers by 26 Aug 1943.

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