The Bf110 is perhaps best known as a disappointment from the early part of the war. But it proved to be capable in many roles, especially in the final “Gustav” variant.
After the jump, a look at the Bf110 as a light attack aircraft.
In spite of its failure as a fighter, the Bf110 had proven useful as a fighter-bomber and night fighter. In 1941 it was scheduled to be replaced by the new Me210. But the Me210 had many problems and needed further development. So the Bf110 received an upgrade; the DB601 engines were upgraded to the DB605, and the type was put back into production as the Bf110G. This would prove to be the most successful and long serving variant of the type. It remained the Luftwaffe’s best light attack aircraft and night fighter until late in the war and when American heavy bombers began to operate over Germany in daylight, without fighter escort, it proved to be successful in the new role of heavy bomber destroyer too.
This particular aircraft served with SKG210 in Russia, 1944. The “SKG” part of the designation means it was a fast bomber group. The “210” part could be called just a unit number, but it was chosen in this case specifically because the unit was intended to test the Me210 in combat. And it would be the Me210 that first carried the unit’s famous “Wespen” nose art. But ironically, SKG210 would replace their test aircraft with new Bf110Gs in 1941 and use them with great success against the Russians.
This example is from the Revell kit, with Aeromaster decals.
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