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The Messerschmitt Bf-110 was a heavy fighter which entered service with the Luftwaffe in 1937. It was initially successful, but heavy losses against more agile fighters led to it being switched to night fighter duty.

The Bf-110 was also adapted for ground attack, both as a fighter-bomber, and tank-buster, but it was the night-fighter version that was most used. It was also used by the air forces of Hungary, Italy, and Romania.

The Bf-110C was armed with 4 x 7.92mm machine guns and 2 x 20mm cannon, with a further 7.92mm machine gun for defence.

This example is a Bf-110C of 2/NJG4 Luftwaffe, circa 1942.
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blb0952 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
ALL THE 3-VIEWS ARE GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
When I get time.
diversdream Featured By Owner May 30, 2011

Dieter Erichsen was born on 8 October 1918 at Rybnik in Schlesien.
He joined the Luftwaffe at the outbreak of World War 2.
He began his flying training with the Flugzeugführerschule A/B 111 at Breslau before undergoing elementary training with the Flugzeugführerschule C 7 at Finsterwalde.
Erichsen completed his flying training at the Nachtjagdschule 1 at Schleißheim.

In mid 1942, Erichsen was posted to I./NJG 4 based at Oldenburg-Vechta.
He was next assigned to 2./NJG 4.
On the night of 3/4 December 1942, now operating from Laon-Juvincourt in France, Erichsen claimed his first victory when he shot down a RAF bomber over southern Belgium.
He recorded his second victory, a RAF Halifax four-engine bomber, operating from the newly built airfield at Florennes in Belgium, on the night of 10/11 March 1943.

In April 1943, Erichsen was transferred to 11./NJG 6 based at Zilistea in Romania to provide aerial protection for the Romanian oil fields and refining installations at Ploesti.
From May to mid-August 1944, IV./NJG 6 would be continously engaged on two fronts: RAF bombers coming from Italy and Russian bombers from the East.

On the night of 8/9 August 1944, Erichsen took of from Mamaia, a satellite airfield on the shores of the Black Sea.
His Bordfunker quickly obtained a radar contact and guided Erichsen towards the enemy aircraft.
At this point Erichsen’s ME 110 (WNr. 480 180) suffered an engine failure.
Erichsen was forced to make a forced landing in the Danube river delta area.

Erichsen and his crew were rescued by a German Do-24 three-engined flying boat the next morning.
Following the Romanian surrender to the Russians, IV./NJG 6 relocated to Schleißheim in late August 1944.
On the night of 6/7 December 1944, Erichsen claimed his fourth victory, a RAF Lancaster four-engine bomber shot down over Giessen.

At the end of 1944, IV./NJG 6 was operating over Belgium and Luxembourg.
On the night of 18/19 March 1945, Erichsen claimed a RAF Halifax bomber shot down.
However, as he approached his airfield at Gerolzhofen, his ME 110, “2Z + NV”, was attacked by a RAF night fighter.
Erichsen successfully force-landed his stricken aircraft but all the crew suffered injuries.
Erichsen’s injuries were serious enough that he did not see any further combat but he remained with IV./NJG 6 fulfilling a staff role.

Post-war, Erichsen became a teacher in the German Democratic Republic.
He later escaped to the west where he found employment. He is now retired and lives between Köln and Bonn.

Dieter Erichsen was credited with five victories.
All his victories were recorded at night.


Heinz Rökker was born on 20 October 1920 at Oldenburgh.

He joined the Luftwaffe in October 1939 and began flying training with Flieger-Ausbildungs-Regiment 22 at Güstrow in July 1940.
In August 1941 he attended Blindflugschule 5 at Belgrade -Semlin before completing his training in September 1941 at Nachjagdschule 1 at Neubiberg near München.

Rökker was posted to I./NJG 2 operating in the Mediterranean theatre on 6 May 1942.
Leutnant Rökker was assigned next to 1./NJG 2.
On 20 June 1942, Rökker shot down a RAF Beaufort twin-engined bomber, by day, over the Mediterranean Sea whilst transiting from his base at Catania to Kalamaki in Greece.
His aircraft received 25 hits from return fire during the action but he landed safely at Kalamaki.

From bases in Libya, he undertook intruder missions over Egypt claiming four RAF Wellington twin-engined bombers shot down.
On 4 August 1942, 1./NJG 2 was relocated to Belgium.
Rökker was appointed Staffelkapitän of 1./NJG 2 on 15 December 1942.

1./NJG 2 was relocated back to the Mediterranean theatre and based in Sicily on 16 February 1943.
Rökker undertook night fighter missions over Sicily and Tunisia, recording a RAF Wellington twin-engined bomber shot down near Marsalla on the night of 19/20 April to record his sixth victory.
On 2 July 1943, Rökker led the unit back to northern Europe to undertake Reichsverteidigung duties.

Rökker enjoyed much success at this time, claiming three victories on each of the nights of 15/16 March 1944 (12-14), 22/23 March (15-17) and 24/25 March (18-20).

Rökker was appointed Staffelkapitän of 2./NJG 2 on 1 April 1944.
On the night of 6/7 June, he claimed five British bombers shot down in the area of the Allied landings in Normandy (29-33). Oberleutnant Rökker was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 27 July 1944.

He recorded his 40th victory on the night of 7/8 August.

On the night of 4/5 November, he shot down four enemy aircraft (42-45).
He recorded three victories on the night of 3/4 February (50-52).
He claimed six enemy aircraft on the night of 21/22 February (56-61).

Hauptmann Rökker was awarded the Eichenlaub (Nr 781) on 12 March for 60 victories.

On the night of 15/16 March 1945, Rökker recorded four enemy aircraft shot down (61-64) as his last victories of the war, including a RAF Mosquito twin-engined bomber shot down over his airfield at St Trond.

Heinz Rökker was credited with 64 victories in 161 missions.

He recorded 63 of his victories at night, including 55 four-engined bombers.
diversdream Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
always think that the 110 gets a hard deal history wise - what they did at night or over crete/greece/north africa etc shows how the type deserves more respect then they seem to have gotten..
WS-Clave Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Agreed - They missed a trick too - as soon as they realised it's limitations as a fighter, they should have concentrated solely on making it a ground-attack aircraft, or night-fighter to a lesser extent... It seemed to take a long time to notice that it was no good for the Heavy Fighter role... very few aircraft were save the Lightning and Mosquito...
diversdream Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
true but the RAF and the USAAF were just as slow in that lesson being learned.
EAMR262 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Now your doing 3-views? Awesome!
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zJoriz Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Other views as well! Well done :)
WS-Clave Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Thanks! :)
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