View Full Version : The 110 services over berlin.

02-27-2006, 01:24 PM
At what point did the 110 serve over the skies of berlin in anti heavy raids over germany? Now at this time germany was pressed for materail and good pilots, did the 110 make a difference and was it capible of reaching the 30k limit?

02-27-2006, 01:28 PM
The following is a small excerpt from a letter written in July 1981 to an author of popular aviation publications, by a former member of the German 'Nachtjagd' (night fighter force), Oblt. (Dr.Ing.) Rudolf E.Thun, who ended the war as Staffelkapit¤n (squadron commander) of 9./NJG 6, with 7 confirmed victories.

€œDuring the American daylight air raids, the German tactical command - the fighter divisions and Luftflotte Reich - was seriously hampered in directing the air battle by a general confusion about the air situation. As a remedy, Bf 110s of a 'destroyer' wing were used for tactical reconnaissance. Unfortunately, every plane was lost to American fighters.

When I came back in early '44 to II/NJG5, from a stint as test pilot I volunteered to fly a few of these reconnaissance sorties. I changed tactics and flew very low, thereby avoiding detection. On one of these flights, I caught an American pathfinder, a B-24 Liberator, flying by itself. Since I had to climb up, I had to attack from behind, and with not all that much speed advantage. My 20mm cannons had only an effective range of about 800m against a 1500m range of the very accurate American .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns. It took an eternity to fly through their fire, but I finally got into shooting position and brought this Liberator down in flames, the crew barely having time to parachute. After landing, I counted over 50 machine gun hits in my plane. And none of the other 9 or 10 Bf 110s of our Group, which had sortied that day, returned. Of course, most crews came back after awhile, parachute under arm. That was the end of the participation of night fighter forces in daylight air battles over Germany. €œ

02-27-2006, 01:31 PM
Thats a very cool excerpt, thanks for posting it.