Wilhelm Schmidding

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Entry to the Schmiddingwerke in Hanover

Wilhelm Schmidding from Bodenbach, Germany, was a World War II constructor of rocket engines used for RATO. Factories were in Schmiedeberg, and from summer 1943, in Buschvorwerk (Riesengebirge, Niederschlesien, today Krzaczyna).[1]


  • Schmidding 109-513, two solid fuel fitted to the Henschel Hs 293H anti-ship missile.
  • Schmidding 109-533, four jettisonable RATO (1.200 kp, 11,768 kN, 10 seconds) fitted to the Bachem Ba 349 point defence vertical takeoff (VTO) interceptor.
  • Schmidding 109-543, rocket motor for the Henschel Hs 298 guided bomb.
  • Schmidding 109-553, Solid-fuel rocket booster used for the Henschel Hs 117 "Schmetterling" surface-to-air guided missile.[2]
  • Schmidding 109-563, RATOG booster.
  • Schmidding 109-573, underwater propulsion gas generator.
  • Schmidding 109-593, RATOG booster.
  • Schmidding 109-603, fitted to the 8-344 Ruhrstahl X-4 air-to-air missile.



  1. ^ Manfred Griehl & Joachim Dressel, Die Deutschen Raketenflugzeuge 1935-19455: Die Entwicklung einer umwalzenden Technik, Weltbild, ISBN 3613012766
  2. ^ Geschichte der modernen Raketenentwicklung - Henschel (in German)
  3. ^ Dieter Herwig & Heinz Rode, The Luftwaffe Secret Projects: Ground Attack & Special Purpose Aircraft. Midland Counties Publ. ISBN 978-1857801507

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