Thanks for the video, I had heard of the incident before, good documentation.
As far as i heard the JU 87 was not a bad plane when it comes to maneuverability and good-mooded behaviour, in any respect.
Regarding bombing it was well suited for this role, air superiority assumed. From Poland to Greece and especially over Russia it did have some success, but there were also a lot of losses of course.
I read it was not fast but able to outturn "any other plane" in circling, and Ju 87 pilots shot down some enemy fighters who mistook the Ju as an easy target. It also was able to fly on and land with a lot of damage.
re Rudel, the Wiki writes he had a record of 2530 missions in which he destroyed three soviet ships, around 70 landing crafts and 519 tanks. He destroyed another 800 ground vehicles, more than 150 AA and tank assult positions, four armoured AA trains, lots of bunkers, bridges and support lines. He also shot down nine enemy fighters. He sometimes flew FW 190 fighters with cannons to destroy tanks, in between.
When being wounded once more Rudel returned to his squadron on March 25, 1945, and flew more missions from April 4, 1945, despite being grounded and not having healed his leg stump. However, his tank kills were no longer credited, but were credited to the squadron.
Be it 100, 481 or more than 500 this is an incredible record, especially surviving the last years of the war.
And he was a die-hard nazi well into the post war years and most probably until his death –
I once read a book from some Mr. Valentin Mikula named "Stuka", have no idea of the author's background but he sure knew what he wrote about. It is a kind of novel, but only in german afaik.
Found this also interesting, especially the explosives to blow off the landing gear https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFA5eShB4XE