Luftwaffe parachute timing data plate
A recent find, the following information was kindly provided by Steve P., in the US...
Nice plate, and from an interesting piece of equipment! It's off a "Zeitauslöser f. Lastenfallschirm, or time-trigger for a parachute.
The key to identification was the "Fl" number - Fl 30260 - that is on the plate. You can see the outline of the plate in the drawing –
it's the square on the left of the item. These timers were used with parachutes used to drop supplies from aircraft. The delay time from
leaving the plane to the parachute opening was adjustable - note the dial knob to the right of the plate.
The time setting was based on the height of the drop and, likely, the size and weight of the load. No doubt, many of these fell at Stalingrad.
09-27-2015 02:43 AM
Hi Bob, unusual item.
Funny on how these different data plates were popular souvenirs. I doubt that few Allied soldiers could actually read what they said.
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