Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA1813 BF 110E-2 "Operation Donnerkuil" G9+JM, 4./N.JG1, St Trond, France, February, 1942

Bf-110 Zerstorers “Destroyers” were very good against Poland and the Scandinavian countries early in WWII. But once they were put into this role during the Battle of Britain and came up against the much faster and more agile Hurricanes and Spitfires the Bf-110 suffered tremendous losses. They were withdrawn from this and found their calling as night fighters that inflicted large losses on the British bombers that were un-escorted.

In early 1942 Germany had two battleships and a cruiser docked at Brest France that posed a threat to British shipping. The British Navy set up a blockade in an effort to contain them. Adolf Gallant sent aircraft to St. Trond, Belgium in preparation for Unternehmen Donnerkeil (Operation Thunderbolt), this would provide air cover for Unternehmen Zerberus (Operation Cerberus), the surprise dash the German ships made for home on February 11, 1942. The German ships caught the British off guard and two days later they were home.

Specifications Messerschmitt Bf-110E
Role - Designed as a fighter bomber
Number Built – 865
Crew – 2
Wingspan – 53 ft 3 in (16.25 m)
Length – 39 ft 7 in (12.07 m)
Height – 13 ft 6 in (4.13 m)
Powerplants – 2 x DB 601P 1,175 hp
Speed Maximum – 350 mph (562 km/h
Cruise – 217 mph (350 km/h)
Landing – 93 mph (150 km/h)
Maximum Rate Of Climb – 2,150 ft/min (11 m/s)
Service Ceiling – 32,000 ft (9,753 m)
Range – 680 miles (1,095 km)
Empty – 10,771 lb (4,885 kg)
Maximum – 15,269 lb (6,925 kg)
4 x MG17 2 x MG FF 1 x MG15
Maximum 2,204.6 lb (1,000 kg) of bombs under the fuselage
4 x SC 50 or SC 70 bombs under the wings