WNr. 3866, Oblt. Hans-Joachim Jabs/Oblt. Erich Weissflog, CO of 6./JG 76, Argos, Greece, April-June 1941
In the end of 1941, the II. Gruppe ZG 76 including Oblt.
Hans-Joachim Jabs, commander of 6./ZG 76, transferred from Germany to Balkans in order to support the
invasion of Crete. The Battle of Crete started on May 20,
1941 and lasted until June 1, 1941. During this period the
crew of Oblt. Hans-Joachim Jabs and Oblt. Erich Weissflog flew Bf 110E WNr. 3866 coded M8+IP. The lower part
of the aircraft nose sported the shark mouth while the
weapons upper cover was painted white. The propeller
spinner tips and letter “I” were painted yellow, which
was the color of 6. Staffel. Yellow paint on the front
of the engine nacelles, rudders and the fuselage tail
were the Balkans campaign markings. Jabs‘ 6. Staffel
was typically tasked with ground targets and Allied
shipping attacks on Crete. The dogfights were rare.
WNr. 4114, Lt. Felix-Maria Brandis/Fw. Albert Harnack, 1.(Z)/JG 77, Rovaniemi, Finland, September 1941
In the beginning of 1941, Felix-Marian Brandis served
with JG 77 and was assigned to Bf 110 Zerstörerkette
which flew the coastal reconnaissance missions out
of the Kirkenes base in Norway. After the invasion
of the Soviet Union the unit was enforced and redesigned to 1.(Z)/JG 77. It was deployed in the northern
sector of the front based on Rovaniemi in Finland and
Leutnant Felix-Maria Brandis assumed its command.
The target of the crews was the port of Murmansk. On
September 1, 1941, returning from the combat mission over the Soviet Union, two Bf 110E got lost in bad
weather and landed in Tärendö, Sweden. These crews
were Lt. Felix-Maria Brandis and radio operator Fw.
Albert Harnack with Bf 110E WNr. 4114, LN+FR and Uffz.
Rudolf Reitz and radio operator Gefr. Guntram Weigl
in the Bf 110E WNr. 4113, LN+KR. On September 7, 1941,
all airmen were returned from Sweden and could
continue their service in Luftwaffe. In the end of September both aircraft were returned to Germans as
well. Lt. Brandis was killed on February 2, 1942, after
an emergency landing in Bf 110E, WNr. 2546, LN+AR on
the frozen lake Pjaosero. His radio operator Fw. Herbert Baus was thrown out of the cockpit and suffered
the head wounds to which he later succumbed.
WNr. 4397, Oblt. Eduard Tratt/Uffz. Friedrich Gillert, CO of 4./ZG 26, Dugino, Soviet Union, February 1942
After the attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941, Oblt.
Tratt flew with SKG 210 on the central sector of the
front. His unit focused on attacking the ground targets
while the dogfights took place quite often. Until the
end of 1941, Oblt. Eduard Tratt scored in total nine kills
of the Soviet aircraft and in January 1942 assumed
command of the 4./JG 26. On February 18, 1942, the
crew of Oblt. Eduard Tratt and radio operator Uffz.
Friedrich Gillert flying Bf 110E WNr. 4397, 3U+EM over
Rzhev was hit by the AA fire and wounded. The aircraft
carried ZG 26 insignia on the both sides of the nose and
the II./ZG 26 insignia, the yellow clog on the outer sides
of the engine nacelles. It also sports the Eastern Front
markings, the yellow band on the fuselage and yellow
wingtips on the lower surfaces. There are 18 kill marks
(Abschussmarken) painted on the vertical stabilizer
with white number 4397 above them. Oblt. Eduard Tratt
was killed on February 22, 1944, on the Western Front.