As a day fighter, the Bf 110 was largely a disappointment.  In the Western Campaign, 60 were lost. The fighter would maneuver below a bomber, often being able to see the aircraft silhouetted against the night sky above. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-377-2801-013 / Jakobsen [Jacobsen] / CC-BY-SA 3.0During the invasion of Poland, Norway, and Denmark, the Zerstörer performed well. Messerschmitt Bf 110 Type: Heavy fighter plane, Zerstörer (destroyer), fighter-bomber, night fighter History: During the 1930s, At this time, the Bf 110 remained the backbone of the night force, although it was now being reinforced by the Junkers Ju 88. We have had the option of the Mauve kit (based on the old Fujimi Bf 110 C), and Monogram's Bf 110 G-4 in 1/48 scale until now. The 110s shot down eight in as many minutes; among the victors was Herbert Schob, who survived the war as one of the most successful Bf 110 pilots. They just sit on the ground, GLARING at eachother, possibly barking. This version was fitted with FuG 202 Liechtenstein air interception radar which had an effective maximum range of 3-4 kilometers (1.8-2.4 miles), and it carried a third crewman to act as a radar operator. No further losses of the type occurred for the remainder of the campaign. Between April and June 1942, the Nachtjagd force destroyed 230 British bombers and by September it had shot down a total of 1,000 bombers. The World War I-era Bristol Fighter had done well with a rear gunner firing a rifle-caliber machine gun, but by World War II, this was insufficient to deter the eight-gun fighters facing the Bf 110. The Bf 110s lost nine machines, with 11 killed and seven wounded.  RAF Bomber Command had "nearly burned out". However, on 4 and 27 September, 15 Bf 110s were lost on each day. A night fighter (also known as all-weather fighter or all-weather interceptor for a period of time after the Second World War) is a fighter aircraft adapted for use at night or in other times of bad visibility. As a result, ZG 2 was disbanded, and all its surviving aircraft were transferred to ZG 1..  Some sources claim a 12th Wellington was destroyed. Their fighters are all single-engined. Afterward, Horten said, Gentlemen, be very careful if you should ever come up against the English. Luftwaffe night fighters are featured. In the spring of 1940, Walter Horten, Jagdgeschwader 26 technical officer, was invited to participate in a "mock combat" with a Bf 109E. These radars were able to give the target’s altitude and speed and were accurate enough to guide the fighter to within 500m of a bomber, by which time the Bf 110s Liechtenstein radar would be able to lock on. The targets around Frankfurt and the Saar region were hit.  This page was last edited on 27 December 2020, at 18:45. 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According to the Luftwaffe Order of Battle, a total of 102 Bf 110s were used in the September Campaign with a loss of about 10 aircraft. The Bf 110 enjoyed a successful period following the Battle of Britain as an air superiority fighter and strike aircraft in other theatres. At the start of the war the aircraft had an impressive reputation, which survived to the end of the French campaign but faded once the aircraft had to face modern fighters. Initially, the Bf 110 C-1 day-fighter was used in the night fighter role by NJG1, but the means of detecting enemy aircraft carried by this version was the Mk1 human eyeball which only worked at dusk or dawn or on moonlit nights. The Bf 110's lack of agility in the air was its primary weakness. The German night fighter Messerschmitt Bf.110G-4 captured by American troops in the airfield parking lot. With improved performance and armament, as well as devices which allowed them to find RAF bombers in total darkness, the last version of the Bf 110 became a lethal night fighter. Later, the RAF developed a radar countermeasure; Window, to blind German radar and introduced de Havilland Mosquitos to fly feints and divert the Bf 110s and other night fighter forces from their true target, which worked, initially. Total losses during this campaign amounted to little more than 20. The unit worked up over January and February to operational ready status. Messerschmitt Bf 110s were introduced in 1937 as formidable Luftwaffe heavy fighters. , The Zerstörerwaffe performed well when it encountered mostly British bombers. Despite excellent visibility, none of the RAF bombers had reported anything unusual that would indicate a new weapon or tactics in the German night fighter force. Other aircraft, such as the Junkers Ju 88 and the Dornier Do 217, also played a big role, but none more so than the Bf 110. Initially, the Bf 110 C-1 day-fighter was used in the night fighter role by NJG1, but the means of detecting enemy aircraft carried by this version was the Mk1 human eyeball which only worked at dusk or dawn or on moonlit nights. Suddenly, Germany needed a night fighter. And once they get to know the Bf 110s weaknesses, you could be in for a very nasty surprise. Using this, NJG 5's Leutnant Peter Erhardt destroyed four bombers in 30 minutes. But Luftwaffe losses were high; 15% of crews were killed in the first three months of 1944. Bf 110G series With the failure of the Messerschmitt Me 210 series, and a shortage of Ju 88 airframes, the Luftwaffe was forced to retain the Bf 110 in front-live service primarily as a night-fighter, and in 1942 the Daimler Benz DB 605B-1 engine was installed to produce the Bf 110G series. Another role the Bf 110 took on was as a potent bomber-destroyer. The Bf 110 was considered to be obsolete and phased out of production accordingly. Its shortcomings were to become its strong points in dealing with the British. Bergstrom, Dikov & Antipov 2006, p.48 and p. 59. sfn error: no target: CITEREFBekker1968 (, invasions of Yugoslavia and Greece in April 1941, Air Force of the Independent State of Croatia, Aces of the Luftwaffe - Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Aces of the Luftwaffe; Heinz-Wolfgang Schnauffer, "VIII Bomber Command 33: 4 February 1943", Aces of the Luftwaffe: Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (BFW) and Messerschmitt, Reich Air Ministry (RLM) aircraft designations, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Messerschmitt_Bf_110_operational_history&oldid=996623102, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, On 11 March 1942 the 6. Later on, there were dedicated ground attack versions which proved reasonably successful. Meanwhile two enemy fighters strafed the airfield and damaged nine more aircraft. The Messerschmitt Me-110 “destroyer” was shot down in droves during the Battle of Britain, but it went on to become World War II’s most successful night fighter. , Hermann Göring reportedly ordered the Zerstörerwaffe to make all the Luftwaffe's Bf 110s available for operations. On 9 April, ZG 76 committed 77 to an USAAF raid on Berlin. The number of Bf 110s on the Eastern Front declined further during and after 1942.  Significantly, on the night of 22–23 May, the Bf 110 was pressed into night fighting service over the desert. Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer Aces of World War 2 (Osprey Aircraft of the Aces), John Weal. During the 1930s, the concept of a “heavy fighter” came into vogue. Some of the most successful were Leutnant Eduard Meyer, who received the Knight's Cross on 20 December 1941 for 18 aerial victories and 48 aircraft destroyed on the ground, as well as two tank kills. , In autumn 1943, the Zerstörergruppen were recalled from their Eastern or Mediterranean bases, and formed into RLV units. See more ideas about Messerschmitt, Luftwaffe, Ww2 aircraft. During the Balkans Campaign, North African Campaign and on the Eastern Front, it rendered valuable ground support to the German Army as a potent fighter-bomber (Jagdbomber-Jabo).  During the campaign, the Bf 110 demonstrated its capabilities as a strike aircraft. The first units undertook defence operations over Germany as early as the autumn of 1940. However, as a night fighter, a role for which it had never been designed, the Bf 110 proved to be devastatingly effective.  The Zerstörer was only to fly as a day fighter against unescorted formations. We flew these missions at no greater than Schwarm strength, and were ourselves never escorted. This gave the Zerstörer force a window of opportunity to wreak damage on the bomber streams. He obtained his first ‘kill’ with this machine on the night of 1-2 June 1942. Stanket and E.J. Once again, the Bf 110 encountered foreign flown Messerschmitt Bf 109s, this time belonging to the Yugoslav Air Force. This rose to 72% in five days.  On 4 October 1943, the Bf 110 Geschwader intercepted B-17s of the 3rd Bomb Division. As a result, the aircrews came to dislike this version. ZG 1 Gruppenkommander Hauptmann Hannes Gentzen became the highest-scoring fighter pilot in the Luftwaffe on 2 April, when he shot down a Curtiss Hawk over Argonne.   However, this was tempered by the loss of nine Bf 110s against the RAF on 15 May. For the attack on the Netherlands, 145 Bf 110s were committed under Oberst Kurt-Bertram von Döring's Jagdfliegerführer 2. With experience fighting in Norway, efforts were made to extend the combat range of the Bf 110C; these became the Bf 110D Long Range (Langstrecken) Zerstörer. Falck's unit, I./ZG 76, claimed 31 kills during the campaign, of which 19 were confirmed. A couple of examples show the increasing toll taken by the Bf 110 in the hands of the Soviet airmen: At the beginning of Operation Blau, on 28 June 1942, the Luftflotte 4 has 86 operational Zerstorers, including fifteen Bf 110 which performed reconnaissance duties in three units – 3. Prior to this we had only seen a handful of 1/72 scale Messerschmitt Bf 110 G releases over the decades. He was later credited with a submarine sunk and three motor torpedo boats sunk.. Most units that operated the 110 did so for reconnaissance. In the far north, in the battlefields between Kirkenes (Norway) and the port of Murmansk, the Bf 110 still could claim important successes in the first half of 1942. Luftwaffe night fighter ace Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer was the highest scorer in the Defence of the Reich campaign and ended the war with 121 aerial victories, virtually all of them achieved while flying examples of the Bf 110. , This was my only day victory in a night fighter. In the North African Campaign, the Bf 110 acted as a support aircraft for the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka units. , Just 51 air worthy Bf 110s took part in the initial rounds of Operation Barbarossa, and all were from three units; ZG 26, Schnellkampfgeschwader 210 (redesignated from Erprobungsgruppe 210) and ZG 76. Escorting German bomber formations on attacks against Warsaw, the unit claimed 30 kills on the first day. Based in Cairo, Egypt, it was to be deployed to South Africa as part of a program to train pilots on enemy equipment, but it did not make it, crashing in the Sudan. The Bf 110 is a fairly popular model; whatever it's actual performance was in the war, it looks cool, especially the night-fighting versions, bristling with early radar antennae and colorful Luftwaffe insignia. But the mid to fall of 1942 meant the end of that era, and the losses began to mount very quickly. Messerschmitt Bf-110 The Messerschmitt Bf 110 ‘Zerstörer’ (‘Destroyer’) was truly a jack of all trades, but it was as a night fighter it did best. The design excelled at "high escort" where Bf-110 squadrons were sent well ahead of the bombers to clear the skies of enemy aircraft, using their speed and firepower advantages in diving attacks to counter the enemy's maneuverability, then breaking contact and climbing away, what the Americans would later call "Boom-and-Zoom." While a lack of maneuverability might have limited its use as a day fighter, the Bf 110 made an ideal night fighter. The fighter would generally target engines or fuel tanks if possible since firing directly into the bomb bay produced such a huge explosion that there was a risk of the attacker being damaged. Jul 16, 2017 - Explore Mat Lambert's board "Me Bf110 Nightfighter" on Pinterest. In game it is one of the fastest aircraft at its battle rating with a speed of 582/560 km/h (arcade and realistic bat… This BF 110 E-2 (Werksnummer 4516) night fighter served with II./NJG 1 and was flown by the highest decorated night fighter ‘ace’ Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer. One Danish Fokker C.V did manage to get airborne but was immediately shot down. Hermann Göring was a proponent of the Bf 110, and nicknamed it his Eisenseiten ("Ironsides"). Most of these victories were scored by Bf 110s – Ju-88s were also being used in the night fighter role, but these were often used in long-range intruder operations over England and most of the defense of the Reich fell to the Messerschmitt. It was in the role as a night fighter, often armed with the surprisingly effective Schräge Musik upward-firing twin autocannon offensive armament installation, that the Bf 110 and its pilots achieved their greatest successes. 33 and No.  In the role of ground support, and flown by seasoned pilots.  Later on, as the specialist Bf 110G-4s were received by night fighter wings, the mid-cockpit mount was replaced by one at the extreme rear of the cabin. On the first day, 6 April, Bf 110s of I./ZG 26 lost five of their number in exchange for two Yugoslav Bf 109s. This twin-engine fighter has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29. Most of the units protecting western Germany from aerial attack were equipped with the Messerschmitt Bf 109. "Destroyers in Second World War". Some Bf 110 units had been equipped with the experimental Schräge Musik system, an emplacement of two upward-firing cannon, which for its initial installations placed the twin-cannon fitment almost midway down the cockpit canopy behind the pilot, which could attack the blind spot of RAF Bomber Command's Lancaster and Halifax bombers, which lacked a ventral turret. The Bf 110s flew alone against this formation and destroyed four B-17s, before having the misfortune of running into 56th Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolts. The Luftwaffe began the battle with 237 Bf 110s and it lost more than 200 in combat over England in the late summer of 1940. However the fortunes for the mostly Bf 110 equipped force turned during late August/September 1943. Originally modelled as the Bf 110 C-4, the vehicle was renamed and remodelled into the C-7 in Update 1.79 "Project X". Of all twin engine fighters of WWII, Messerschmitt Bf 110 was the most successful, followed by Junkers Ju 88, De Havilland Mosquito and Bristol Beaufighter. , In January 1943 the Eighth Air Force began taking their daylight operations into Germany.  A huge number of ground kills were achieved by Bf 110 pilots in the east. Around 12 Bf 110s were lost over Crete. See more ideas about messerschmitt, luftwaffe, ww2 aircraft. Just three weeks later, on 18 December 1939, the Bf 110 participated in the first German victory over British arms in World War II. However, the Bf 110s were called away to the Eastern and North African fronts "rapidly" and "often" to perform strike, reconnaissance and even dive-bombing missions, leading to inevitable losses. I and II./ZG 26 were deployed to the theatre. However the 2 GSAP indeed lost five Hurricanes in that combat, for only one Bf 110 lost in return, which is a remarkable victory. Messerschmitt Bf 110 of future night fighter ace Lt. Helmut Lent overshoot the runway in Oslo-Fornebu and came to rest in the garden of a house. The heavy guns and high speeds of these aircraft allowed many German pilots to claim ace status while at the helm of the Bf 110. ZG 26 claimed 13 RAF fighters shot down, which "was not far off the mark", for three losses and five damaged. It was the mount of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, the most successful night fighter pilot in history and he scored all off his 121 of his kills in it, including nine Lancasters on one night.  Several attacks from the beam were made, and eventually a break in the formation opened a gap which Hans-Joachim Jabs and his wingman took advantage of. But the Bf-110 suffered greatly in "close escort," where they were forced to lumber alongside the slow bombers, taking away their tactical edge and forcing them to always respond to the attacking fighters, which were never taken by surprise and could easily avoid the attacks of the Zerstörer, and even turn the tables. The extreme power of the Bf 110's weaponry (when fitted with 20mm and 30mm cannon) could cripple or destroy any Allied bomber in seconds. I(Z)./LG 1 also contributed. A design requirement was issued by the German Air Ministry in 1934, and the entry selected for production was that presented by the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (Bavarian Aircraft Works). Oberleutnant Johannes Kiel was credited with 62 aircraft destroyed on the ground, plus nine tanks and 20 artillery pieces. , During the Phoney War, a number of French aircraft were shot down by Bf 110s. Schoolboys in Nazi Germany fantasized about becoming not single-engine fighter pilots but members of a Zerstörer crew. Eventually withdrawn from daylight fighting, the Bf 110 enjoyed later success as a night fighter, where its range and firepower stood it in good stead for the remainder of the war. His aircraft crashed into Portland Harbour. On 17 September 1942 the Bf 110Es of the 5./ZG 1 ran into four. The story repeated on 13 July 1942, when five Bf 110s of 5./ZG 1 were shot down in a single combat against the LaGG-3s of the same Soviet unit (131 IAP), which recorded the encounter on the 14th. Shown above is a Bf 110G-4. Opposition was light until 1942, when British heavy bombers started to appear. The initial raid was against Wilhelmshaven. The Messerschmitt Bf 110 F in 1/48 scale. , The campaign in the west that followed in 1940 demonstrated that the Bf 110 was vulnerable in hostile skies. The Bf 110 would be the backbone of the Nachtjagdgeschwader throughout the war. Two MG FF 20-millimeter cannon were mounted in the rear part of the cockpit pointing upward and forward at an angle of around 80°.  (H)/11 and 7. Between 16 and 17 August, 23 more were lost..  , The Phoney War and the "Battle of German Bight", North Africa, the Mediterranean and Middle East. One of the most notable actions of the Bf 110 occurred on the night of the 17/18 August 1943. Many G-4 models were also fitted with the Schraege Musik system.  Over Greece, on 20 April, II./ZG 26 claimed five Hurricanes of No. , The Rashid Ali Rebellion and resulting Anglo-Iraqi War saw the Luftwaffe commit 12 of 4./ZG 76's Bf 110s to the Iraqi Nationalist cause as part of "Flyer Command Iraq" (Fliegerführer Irak). This aircraft is incredibly versatile due to the variety of offensive weapons wh… Polish pilots were unfamiliar with the type  often identifying them as bombers. Lack losses suffered during the Battle of Britain caused the Bf 110 to spend the rest of WWII as night fighter. However, in 1940, the RAF switched from daylight bombing raids against Nazi targets to night bombing. Then, Nachtjaeger units were equipped with Bf 110 D models fitted with a forward-facing, Spanner-Anlage infrared sensor. For example, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, one of the Luftwaffe’s leading night fighter aces, was flying a Bf 110 G-4 equipped with Schraege Musik canon and Liechtenstein radar when he attacked a stream of British Lancaster bombers on the night of 21st February 1945. When encumbered with a total of four 21 cm (8 in) Werfer-Granate 21 (Wfr.Gr. The Luftwaffe had embarked on the battle with 237 serviceable Bf 110s. On 2 April 1944, the Bf 110 achieved one of its final successful engagements. German night fighter model lockdown anti boredom project.61 inch wing span,fitted with two OS glow engines,Interesting thing was a successful flying model however it has been in my storage building hanging from the ceiling for a long time so will require some work to fly again,both engines turn with compression.good potential.collection or delivery by me possible While RAF Bomber Command destroyed Hannover's city centre and 86% of crews dropped their bombs within 5 km (3 mi) of the aiming point, losses were severe.  This limitation of tactical flexibility greatly hampered the ability of the Bf 110 to counter enemy single-engine fighters on a level of parity. , The Bf 110 force also encountered the Swiss Air Force during this period, as several German raids violated Swiss airspace. The Bf 110 force lost 23 of the 77 machines. The box art was very nice, but otherwise the kit was a typical product of its era - simplified and inaccurate in key areas. Many RAF crews witnessed a sudden explosion of a friendly aircraft, but assumed, in some cases, it was very accurate flak. When these units returned to the Reich, they were depleted and required reforming, retraining and re-equipping. Revell offers a 1/32 Messerschmitt BF 110-C4/B Model Kit. Landing their cargoes, many transports were destroyed. The Bf 110s participation in Fall Rot's Operation Paula, an offensive to destroy the remaining French air forces in central France, was to lead to 101 losses for the Luftwaffe, of which just four were Bf 110s. Losses were eight Bf 110s. On 9 July 1940, seven out of a force of 12 Bristol Blenheims bombing Stavanger were shot down by a mixed force of Bf 110s and Bf 109s from ZG 76 and JG 77 respectively.. It is not clear if they managed to shoot down any of their attackers.. It had a long loiter time, lots of firepower, and an extra set of eyes. 21) rocket tubes, with two of these under each outer wing panel, and additional armament, the 110 was vulnerable to Allied escort fighters, partly from the development of a major change in American fighter tactics at the end of 1943, rendering them increasingly vulnerable to developing American air supremacy over the Reich. Oberleutnant Baagoe was killed on 14 May 1941 while on a strafing mission during the Battle of Crete. The … In response, the Bf 110 F-4/U-1 variant was fitted with a completely new weapon system. 87 Squadron RAF. Along with the Me 410, it formed the newly rebuilt ZG 26, equipped with three gruppen (two Bf 110 and one Me 410), based near Hannover. The Bf 110 G-2 is a textbook example of what classifies a twin-engined fighter. From June–August, it had increased from around 2% to 9.8%. Later in the war, it was developed into a formidable night fighter, becoming the major night-fighting aircraft of the Luftwaffe. Their "Lichtenstein" radar was primitive but plenty good enough to hunt down British heavy bombers. However, Bf 110s were still being spotted by the tail gunners of British bombers before they could attack. In 1941, nearly 20% of the Zerstörergeschwader's missions were ground-attack orientated. Its weight (almost four tons) meant that it lacked maneuverability and acceleration compared to British Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.  The Bf 110 became part of the German rearmament program and military buildup of the 1930s, utilizing a two-engine heavy fighter design form that many national air forces of the period pursued in one form or another. (Z)/JG 5, achieved an important victory on 10 May 1942 when six of its Bf 110s, which were escorting Ju 88s of the KG 30, ran into a formation of six Soviet SB-2 bombers escorted by nine Hurricanes of the 2 GSAP. In Norway, the Bf 110s helped secure the Oslo-Fornebu airport, escorting Junkers Ju 52 transports loaded with paratroops (Fallschirmjäger). During these battles, a future 110-kill Luftwaffe ace, Helmut Lent, scored his fifth and sixth victories against Norwegian opposition. (Z)/JG 5 lost three Bf 110 at the hands of Soviet. in the Messerschmitt Bf 110 G-4, C9 + EN night fighter. The system worked, but the Luftwaffe responded with the Rosendaal-Halbe system, a passive receiver which homed-in on the emissions from Monica. During this time, a number of United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberators were destroyed. One, a Bf 110 G-4 night fighter that had been surrendered to the Allies in May 1945 at Grove airfield in Denmark, is displayed at RAF Museum London at Hendon in North London, United Kingdom. In the mid-1930s, there was a great deal of interest in the concept of the heavy fighter, namely a fighter aircraft with at least two engines which would give improved survivability in combat as well as possess the ability to carry heavier weapons and have a longer range. Overall 5 B-17s were lost on the mission, one due to a mid-air collision with a Fw 190, but of the 8 Bf 110 aircraft put up, all 8 suffered significant damage. Two Zerstörergeschwader, (1 and 76), were committed, with 64 aircraft. In August 1942, a stalemate between the Allied and Axis forces in North Africa permitted the withdrawal of III./ZG 26 to Crete for convoy protection. (H)/31, 3.  Schenk was to achieve 18 aerial victory credits on the Zerstorer, and was awarded with Eichenlaub (Oak Leaves) for the Knight's Cross on 30 October 1942.  In the ensuing dogfight the Zerstorer pilots not only wildly overclaimed 13 victories (when their opponents were only nine) but also misidentified them as "MiG-3", including five claims by experte Theodor Weissenberger. The B-17s brushed the defenses aside and delivered their loads on Wilhelmshaven, while suffering the loss of 3 aircraft. A replica of a crashed Bf 110 fuselage built as a prop for th… Most of the German night fighter aces flew the Bf 110 at some point during their combat careers, and the top night fighter ace of all time, Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, flew it exclusively and claimed 121 victories in 164 combat missions.  Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring insisted that all aircraft, including the night fighter force, would be put into the air to resist these attacks against Germany. By carrying out strike missions in the face of very heavy anti-aircraft artillery.. Rome: IBN editore, 1996. de Zeng, H.L., D.G bombing of Germany in favour of night.! 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