WNr. 4035, Sonderkommando Junck, Mosul Air Base, Iraq, May 1941
After the outbreak of the Anglo-Iraqi War, which
lasted from April 18 to May 30, 1941, the Italians and
Germans gave their military support to the Iraqis.
The Luftwaffe opposed the RAF with the unit named
Sonderkommando Junck, which had Messerschmitt
Bf 110 fighters, Heinkel He 111 bombers, and Junkers
Ju 52 transport planes in its inventory. The unit was
commanded by Oberst Werner Junck, who, during the
course of the First World War with Jasta 8, gained
five aerial victories. Between the wars, he was a
well-known sport pilot. The Messerschmitts Bf 110
carried Iraqi national insignia but were manned by
German crews. In fact, the aircraft in question came
from ZG 76 and ZG 26. The only unit’s victory during
this episode was achieved on May 20, 1941 by Lt. Martin Drewes (a future night fighter ace) of II./ZG 76,
when he shot down a Gloster Gladiator flown by Sgt.
Smith of A Squadron of Habbaniya Strike Force over
Fallujah. Messerschmitt Bf 110E WNr. 4035 was found
by the British after a forced landing. It was repaired
in September 1941 and christened “Belle of Berlin”.
Later it was flown to Egypt to No. 267 Squadron. The
aircraft was written off after a forced landing enroute to South Africa.
utilized by the same Gruppe of heavy fighters that
went through several designation changes (including
II./SKG 210) and, finally, in early 1942, ended up as
II./ZG 1. Soon, other Gruppe of Zerstörergeschwader
1 came to use the wasp emblem and their Geschwader carried the operational name of “Wespen”. This
aircraft sported the RLM 74/75/76 camouflage
6./ZG 1, Russia, Summer 1942
The wasp emblem (Wespe) was designed in the autumn of 1939 by Lt. Richard Malchfelder, a technical
officer of one of the Zerstörergruppe (II./ZG 1). It was
originally composed of three small wasps, and was