Hobby Master 1-72 Air Power
HA1814 BF 110E-2 G9+BC, Oblt. Uellenbeck, II?N.JG.1, spring 1942

When performing the task of escort and air superiority that they were originally designed for the 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 They were withdrawn from this and found their calling as night fighters that inflicted large losses on the British bombers that were un-escorted.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 January 1942 II./NJG1 transferred to Sint-Truiden/Sint-Trond Belgium at a time when the RAF was re-evaluating the success of their operations against Germany as well as bad weather for the first few months of the year meant the need for night fighters was at a low. In February 1942 scoreless II./NJG1 moved to Koksijde so they could take part in what would be “Operation Cerberus”, the successful breakout from Brest to Germany of the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and heavy cruiser Prince Eugen.

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
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