Messerschmitt Bf-110G-2/R4 Zerstorer

Perhaps the best known Bf-110G pilot was Martin Drewes was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross for his exploits with the ZG 76 night fighter (Nachtgeschwader) unit. Drewes shot down Allied aircraft on a regular basis in his night victories until the end of WWII. In his 252 operations he shot down 52 aircraft including a Spitfire, a Gladiator, 7 US 4-engine bombers and 43 British night bombers. He received the Ritterkreuz or Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and Eichenlaub or Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, the highest war bravery awards given by Nazi Germany.”

https://https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Drewes

 

Strengths:

Firepower  – The heavy 30mm and 20mm cannon armament and large ammo load gives the Bf-110G-2/R4 one of the better firepower combinations in the game.

 

Weaknesses:

 

Speed – With a top speed of 342 mph and it being even slower when fully loaded, the Bf-110G-2 can’t run from anything except the slowest of early war fighters.

As it became more and more apparent that the Zerstörer was not capable of fighting against single-engine planes on an equal basis, the type began to be used more and more for the ground-attack role. The D, E, and F versions made incremental improvements to the engine power and carrying capacity until the bomb load exceeded 4,400 lbs.

With the failure of the Messerschmitt Me-210 as a replacement, work began on a more powerful version of the Bf-110 powered by the new Daimler-Benz DB-605 engines. The armament of the initial Bf-110G-0, as it was known, was the same as in the final D and F versions, four MG-17 7.9mm machine guns and two MG-FF 20mm cannon in the nose, but the MG-FF were replaced with the more powerful MG-151/20s in the production G-1 version. However, the G-1 was soon supplanted by the G-2, which was designed to use a variety of Rüstsätze field conversion kits.

The /R4 variant was designed as a heavy ground-attack and bomber-interceptor. The four nose-mounted MG-17 machine guns were replaced with a pair of 30mm MK-108 cannon with 135 rpg. The large 30mm “mine” shells were devastating to bombers and soft ground targets, while the MG-151/20s provided decent penetration against lightly armored targets.

 

 

Sources:
Campbell, Jerry L.; Messerschmitt Bf-110 Zerstörer In Action; Squadron/Signal Publications, Carrollton, TX; 1977. 
Chant, Chris; German Warplanes Of World War II; Amber Books, Ltd., London; 1999.
Donald, David; Warplanes Of The Luftwaffe; Aerospace Publishing, London; 1994.
Green, William; Warplanes of the Third Reich; Doubleday and Company, Garden City, NY; 1970.

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