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Diary December 17, 1942

Arrival of freight cars with Jews

Arrival of freight cars with Jews in Auschwitz.

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, December 17, 1942:

Home Fronts

Britain: Foreign Minister Eden announces that Germans ‘are now carrying into effect Hitler‘s oft-repeated intention to exterminate the Jewish people in Europe.’


New Guinea: American and Australian troops launch final assault on Buna.

Diary December 17, 1917

Don't waste bread

Don’t waste bread: British appeal for economy in face of the U-boat menace.

World War One Diary for Monday, December 17, 1917:

Home Fronts

Britain: Lord Rhondda says ‘Food queues must be stopped’, rationing probably inevitable. No post to neutrals, except to PoWs or under permit.
Russia: All Church property to be confiscated, religious teaching abolished.
Canada: Unionist Government wins General Election.

Eastern Front


Middle East

Arabia: British Government give King of Hejaz written assurance of future Arab independence.


Mozambique: Lettow with headquarter arrive at Chirumba (Mtarika), Portuguese Nyasa Business Company’s station.

Sea War

Mediterranean: Italian Navy ordered to economize stringently on coal and oil fuel (c.50,000t used per month and national stocks only c.360,000t).
Pacific: 2 US submarines collide in fog; Carp (F1) sinks with 19 crew members.

Fw 58 Weihe

Germany-flagGerman twin-engined utility aircraft Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Kite).
History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model.

Fw 58b

Focke Wulf Fw 58B Weihe

Focke-Wulf Fw 58 Weihe (Kite).
Type: German twin-engined utility aircraft.


Kurt Tank‘s Fw 58, preferred to Arado’s Ar 77 design, became the Luftwaffe‘s ap­proximate equivalent of Britain’s Airspeed Oxford: an aircrew trainer, ambulance and general-purpose hack transport. Several hundred were built by four German fac­tories, and others were licence-built in Brazil and Hungary.

There were 13 prototypes, of which the V1 first flew in spring 1935; the V 2, V 4 and V 11 were, respectively, the basic development aircraft for Fw 58A, B and C production series.

Only a small number of Fw 58As were built, the Fw 58B being essentially an improved A with a glazed nose mounting for one 7.92mm MG 15 machine­-gun. A second MG 15 was ring-mounted aft of the crew cabin, and the Fw 58B could also carry twelve 10 kg bombs, some being used in an anti-partisan role in Bulgaria in 1944.

The solid-nosed Fw 58C, the main wartime production variant, was a six-passenger transport with 260 hp Hirth HM 508D engines.

Users: Germany, Argentinia, Austria (pre-war), Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Turkey.

Animated 3D Model Focke-Wulf Fw 58B Weihe

Specifications Focke-Wulf Fw 58B Weihe

Fw 58B Specification
Type Utility aircraft
Power plant 2 x 240 hp As10C-3
Accommodation 4
Length overall 14.00 m (45 ft 11.2 in )
Height overall 4.20 m (13 ft 9.4 in )
Weight empty 1.870 kg (4,123 lb)
Weight loaded 2.900 kg (16,809 lb)
Max power loading 6.04 kg/hp (13.32 lb/hp)
Max level speed 255 km/h (158 mph)
Cruising speed 238 km/h (148 mph)
Initial climb 330 m/min (1,083 ft/min)
Service ceiling 5,400 m (17,715 ft)
Range 600 km (373 miles)
Fw 58B Specification
in glazed nose 1 x 7.92mm MG 15
in aft cabine 1 x 7.92mm MG 15
Machine-guns total 2
Bomb load 12 x 10 kg bombs (120 kg total)
Service statistics
Fw 58 Weihe data
First flight spring or summer of 1935 (V 1)
Production delivery ?
Service delivery ?
Final delivery ? (c. 1944)
Unit costs ?
Total production figure (all) 1,668 for Germany and 319 for export (total 1,987). Additional licensed construction in Brazil and Hungary.