Monday, October 5, 2015

Wreckage of Bf 110 in France

The sad remains of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 G-4, aircraft code 3C+DR (all in black), of 7.Staffel / III.Gruppe / Nachtjagdgeschwader 4 (NJG 4). The photographs were taken in the summer of 1945 at Reims airfield in France. III./NJG 4 had began converting from the Bf 110 G-4 to the Junkers Ju 88 G-1 in the summer of 1944 and completed the process in October, therefore this must have been an aircraft that was taken out of service or used for some other purpose by the Gruppe. The Bf 110 was probably parked in some corner of the airfield and left to rot, as its seriously faded camouflage finish would suggest. Pieces of a Ju 88 are visible in the background. The remnants of a yellow fuselage band may just be seen in front of the unit code "3C", while a letter of the manufacturer's code is visible under the "3C". Also note the simplified white Balkenkreuz. In the other photograph we can see the remnants of the SN-2 radar on the fuselage nose. Camouflage: RLM 75 + 76.

Source :
 "Luftwaffe im Focus", Spezial No.1 - 2003

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