Bf 110C-2, WNr. 3578, 9./ZG 26, Barly, France, August 1940
In the beginning of the war this Zerstörergruppe
was equipped with Messerschmitts Bf 110D.
III./ZG 26 converted to 110s in the beginning of 1940
under the command of Hptm. Johannes Schalk.
Before the war, this aviator commander the
Austrian Jagdgruppe 1 and he was also one of the
first Bf 110 pilots decorated with Knight’s Cross.
On September 3, 1940, Ofw. Hott behind the
controls of this One-Ten, participated with the
whole III./ZG 26 in escorting Do 17 from II./KG 2
on their raid to the North Weald airfield. While
defending the bombers, his aircraft was damaged
and Ofw. Hott crash-landed it at Wissant,
France. The damage was assessed as being at
eighty percent. This aircraft was camouflaged
in RLM 70, 71 and 65 colors. There is a 9./ZG 26
insignia painted on the both sides of the nose
– a white cock at the fighting stance. The aircraft’s
individual letter, repeated on the wingtip, is
painted in the Staffel color i.e. yellow. There
are three white bars painted on the vertical tail
surfaces marking the enemy aircraft shot down.
Bf 110C-4, WNr. 2095, 4./ZG 1, Trier-Euren, Germany, June 1940
II./ZG 1 was established on May 15, 1939, based
on I. Gruppe JG 54 and equipped with the singleseat Bf 109D and Bf 109E. The conversion to the Bf
110C two-seat heavy fighters took place in March
1940 in the Northern Germany. After the transfer
to the western border, in the preparation for the
attack on the Netherlands, Belgium and France,
the unit was incorporated into the Luftflotte 2
under which command it flew combat missions
until the surrender of France. Then the II./ZG 76
was renamed as III. Gruppe Zerstörergeschwader
76. The unit’s insignia in the form of three wasps
painted on the aircraft nose, was retained even
after the unit’s transfer.
Bf 110C-2, WNr. 3257, Hptm. Heinz Wagner/Stfw. Adolf Schmidt, CO of 4./ZG 76, Abbeville, France, August 1940
II. Gruppe Zerstörergeschwader 76 was
established on May 1, 1939, by renaming I./ZG 144.
It was equipped with single-seat Messerschmitt
Bf 109D which in February and March they
traded for Bf 110. Flying One-Tens the unit took
part in the attack on the Netherlands, Belgium
and France and after France surrendered the
unit was transferred to Abbeville airfield on the
French coast from where it started to fly bomber
escorts to the targets in the Great Britain. The
last flight of the Messerschmitt Bf 110C-2 marked
M8+BM and crewed by Hptm. Heinz Wagner and
radio operator Stfw. Adolf Schmidt, was a bomber
escort to the Luton airfield with the adjacent
industrial area which took place on August 30,
1940. The plane was most probably shot down
by P/O William McKnight (flying as a wingman to
S/Ldr Bader) at the altitude of 1,000 feet.
It crashed on Enfield Sewage Farm, Wharf
Road, Ponders End near the large reservoir and
the crew was killed.