Talk:Henschel Hs 293

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Historical Accuracy[edit]

Under the variant heading this article states that the "Hs 293B was wire guided to prevent jamming; it was never put into production, because jamming was never serious enough to prevent the radio-guided version from being effective", but on the Wire-guided missile page it states that "Wire guidance was first employed by the Germans during World War II. Most of their developments used radio control, but as the British proved to be able to jam anything they used". These statements are clearly contradictory, does any one know which is accurate? Somearemoreequal 17:31, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

How did they do it[edit]

Does any one know precisely how the missiles were visually targetted and steered onto the target.

From the range I would have thought it would be impossible to judge the hieght above the see for a start, so did it drop down to a pre determined hieght above the sea?

Second, from such long distance, how on earth could the steerer be sure the missile was actually going towards the target? -- 18:05, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

The article omits a number of details, but I'd assume that the bombardier would have had control of the bomb from a forward position in the bomber where he had a clear view of the bomb all the way to the target. If the bomb had a rocket booster, it would accelerate ahead of the bomber, then the bombardier would use the smoke from the flares or marker lights as a visual aid to steer the bomb to the target. Note that the article currently says the bomber was vulnerable after the drop, as it had to steer a straight course. This was no doubt for the benefit of the bombardier so he could visually track the bomb. If the bomb had been equipped with a television camera, this would not have been necessary: All that would have to be done is acquire the target on the television monitor, and once the bombardier had done so, he could have signaled the pilot that it was alright to peel off and leave the area while he continued to steer the bomb by television.—QuicksilverT @ 01:55, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

Hs 293D[edit]

The article currently states that the HS 293D never was used in combat. I'm not sure this is true. I heard a story on a radio broadcast a few years ago that Germany successfully used a television guided glide bomb, perhaps the Hs 293D, in the Mediterranean and sank a fully-loaded Allied troop ship toward the end of World War II. In order to prevent damage to morale, the incident was classified top secret during the war and for many years thereafter. Sorry, I can't provide any references at the moment, but it might be worth researching.—QuicksilverT @ 01:05, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

I have researched it and found no such evidence. You are probably referring to the loss of the HMT Rohna in November 1943. It was claimed for some time that this was kept secret. This is not true. In fact, it was discussed openly and was reported by The New York Times (identifying the ship by name and the loss of 1,015 US troops) in early 1945. Mjbollinger (talk) 17:50, 1 June 2011 (UTC)