Regarding, "Grasshopper vs. Feisler Storch," a "throwback" to ORIGINAL aerial combat in WWI (observation aircraft crews fired at each other with hand-held individual weapons) but in WWII!
During WWII, Mussolini was rescued (as in, sprung from Italian custody/confinement) on Hitler's orders, then evacuated in a Feisler Storch, accompanied by the pilot and commando Scorzini (sp?), all 3 crowded in the 2-seat cockpit. The "over-gross" loading takeoff from the mountaintop landing zone suggests a considerably powerful engine in the little Storch airplane.
(Mussolini's career (lastly, as a Nazi puppet head of state) soon thereafter had a grim and grisly outcome, not from any aviation event.)
Haven't checked out the videos; the following may be covered:
Switzerland was "neutral" (maybe, like Sweden, they sold to both sides!) during WWII. Thus, they confiscated war materiel (including Storch aircraft) within their borders (e.g., from emergency landings) during the conflict. Not sure, but I think the Swiss fitted the "contraband," 3 of the Storch aircraft, with skis, for mountain rescue, with success.
Maybe not; ain't sure.
Unrelated anecdote, Storch-wise: I worked with a man who had landed his aircraft in Switzerland after battle damage/malfunction during WWII. He and his crew were interned by the Swiss for the duration. Not a bad time, said he; humane treatment, occasional passes into town . . . more comfortable than flying amid the Axis FLAK, I shouldn't wonder!
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