Cammo schemes are identical for the kit variants in 1/48 and 1/72 scale
Bf 110C, flown by Oblt. Sophus Baagoe, 8./ZG 26, Barley-Arques, France, July 1940
Also this Zerstörergruppe was equipped with Bf 109D type at beginning of the war. III./ZG 26 converted to Bf 110 in early 1940 under command
of Hptm. Johannes Schalk who led Austrian Jagdgruppe 1 before the war. He was also one of first Bf 110 pilots to obtain Knight Cross. Commander of
8./ZG 26 during attack against France and Battle of Britain was Hptm. Karl-Heinz „Conny“ Meyer who later led also II./JG 26. One of his most successful
pilots was Sophus Baagoe. He scored four victories over France, three during Kanalkampf and six during Battle of Britain. Camouflage of his airplane
consist of RLM 70, 71 and 65. Crosses on upper surfaces are sized down and camouflage seems to be slightly oversprayed, probably with RLM 02. Early
version of 8. Staffel emblem the „sad fox“ was probably painted on fuselage. In spring 1941 Baagoe was transferred to 5./ZG 26. He is one of pilots
who may have shot down on April 20th over Greece the top RAF ace Squadron Leader „Pat“ Pattle of No. 80 Squadron. Baagoe was killed by ground
fire on May 14th, 1941 during strafing attack against Heraklion airfield, Crete.
Bf 110C, flown by Obstlt. Joachim-Friedrich Huth, CO of Stab ZG 26, Lille, France, September 1940
Camouflage of this airplane consist of RLM 71, 02 and 65. Nose is overpainted with washable white color brushed over the white chevron. „3U+AA“
was personal mount of Obstlt. Huth who led ZG 26 from December 1939 till end of October 1940. He was Great War veteran, born in 1896. After three
injuries as infantryman he decided to join German Air Service and joined Jasta 14. He shot down French balloon at the beginning of 1918 which he
marked on tail of his Bf 110 two decades later. Huth suffered serious injury in March 1918 in air combat and his right lower leg had to be amputated.
He was back in military service in 1919 and in April 1936 became commander of 5./JG 132 „Richthofen“. From August 1938 he led II./JG 132 (later
I./ZG 1). Huth was awarded with Knight Cross in September 1940 based on successes of ZG 26. Later in the war he commanded Jafü 2, 1. Jagddivision,
7. Jagddivision and I. Jagdkorps. After the war he was held by British as POW at Island Farm Special Camp. Huth joined Bundesluftwaffe in 1956 and
retired in 1961 as Generalleutnant and commander of Luftwaffe Group South. He passed away in 1962.
Bf 110C, WNr. 3285, flown by Oblt. Hans-Joachim Jabs, CO of 6./ZG 76, Le Mans, France, September 1940
Hans-Joachim Jabs was highest scoring Bf 110 ace in Battle of Britain achieving 12 victories in addition to 7 scored earlier during Battle of France.
His preferred combat method was hit and run attack from above. Camouflage of his Bf 110 consist of RLM 70, 71 and 65. Sharkmouth (Haifischmaul)
was marking of II./ZG 76 since pre-war period when this unit was using Bf 109D. Commander of 6./ZG 76 for period of more than one year was Legion
Condor veteran Hptm. Heinz Nacke (12 victories, awarded with Knight Cross). He was injured in combat with RAF fighters on August 30th and Jabs was
placed as temporary commander of 6. Staffel followed by permanent appointment in October 1940. During same month Jabs was also decorated with
Knight Cross. In late 1941 his Staffel was trained for night fighter operations and was renamed as 9./NJG 3. He later led also 11./NJG 1 and IV./NJG 1.
In March 1944 he became Kommodore of whole Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 and received Oak Leaves in addition to Knight Cross. Jabs scored 50 victories
in 510 missions.
INFO Eduard - November 2020