The Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork) was a small German liaison and reconnaissance aircraft that remains famous to this day for its excellent STOL performance. Some models also carried bombs or defensive armament.
It was deployed in all European and North African theaters of World War II, but it is probably most famous for its role in Operation Eiche, the 1943 rescue of deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from a boulder-strewn mountain-top near the Gran Sasso. It landed in 30 m (100 ft), and after Mussolini and Skorzeny boarded, it took off in 80 m (250 ft), even though the aircraft was overloaded.
On 26 April 1945, a Storch was one of the last aircraft to land on the improvised airstrip in the Tiergarten near the Brandenburg Gate during the Battle of Berlin and the death throes of the Third Reich. It was flown by the test pilot Hanna Reitsch, who flew Generalfeldmarschall Robert Ritter von Greim from Munich to Berlin to answer a summons from Hitler. Once in Berlin von Greim was informed that he was to take over command of the Luftwaffe from Hermann Göring.
Field Marshal Rommel used Storch aircraft for transport and battlefield surveillance during the North African desert campaign of World War II.
During the war a number of F-156 were captured by the Allies. One became the personal aircraft of Field Marshal Montgomery. Others were used as the personal aircraft of Air Vice Marshal Arthur Coningham and Air Vice Marshal Harry Broadhurst, who acquired his Storch in North Africa, and flew it subsequently in Italy and North-West Europe.
This column was the main controls for the Fi156 aircraft. It was mounted directly between the pilots legs.
Made of aluminum, this Pull Handle is an EXCELLENT example! In used condition, there are some slight wear and marks, but it still retains much of the original paint and finish! The part number is cast into the side, indicating:
I have indicated it’s location in the last photos. Would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection, display, or restoration project!
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