German Bf 110 fighters, Western Europe, May 1940; note shark mouth markings

Caption   German Bf 110 fighters, Western Europe, May 1940; note shark mouth markings ww2dbase
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 30 Mar 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
15 Jun 2010 10:07:17 AM

Messerschmitt Bf-110 could be from any Gruppe of ZG/76, Luftflotte 3, France 1940 This unit was known as the "Haifisch Gruppe" (Sharkmouth) However, many other Luftwaffe units during World War II also used the Sharkmouth marking. Thats my guess, as I have no codes to go on, from the aircraft in the photo. ZG/76 "Sonderkommando(Special Force)Junck", based at Mosul, Iraq, May 1941. The aircraft carried Iraqi marking, but flown were by German crews. The Italians and Germans supported the Iraqis against the British from April 18th, to May 30th 1941. The British defeated the Iraqi Military, German and Italian forces withdrew.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 Aug 2010 07:42:48 AM

Messerschmitt Bf 110C of II./ZG 76 early models were armed with 4x7.92mm machine guns in the upper nose, and 2x20mm cannons in the lower part. This concentration of forward firing weapons was foridable, but the 110 had only one 7.92 machine gun to defend the rear. During the Battle of Britain, it was found that the 110 was an easy target for RAF fighters. The Bf 110's were to protect the bombers it got to the point, where the Bf 109's had to protect both the 110's and the bombers! The Luftwaffe lost a total of 223 Bf 110's starting out with 237. In one day alone 30 Bf 110's were lost, and during the month of August 114.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
2 Sep 2010 04:48:09 PM

Luftwaffe vs. the Swiss June 1940 Combat between Germany and Switzerland started, the Swiss maintained neutrally, the Germans wanted to take a short cut to bomb France. A Swiss observation plane, an antiquated biplane was attacked over the Jura Mountains by Bf 110's and shot down both swiss crewmen were killed. Later the same day, 15 Swiss Bf 109's went up to intercept a formation of He 111 bombers escorted by 6 Bf 110's. After the dogfight, 6 He 111's and 5 Bf 110's were shot down the Swiss lost 1 Bf 109. The Germans should have started to think, if the Swiss could shoot down the twin-engined Bf 110's, with Bf 109 fighters, what chance would they have against the RAF? time would tell. The Bf 110 had good forward firepower if an enemy fighter got in front of it, but against high performance single engine fighters, it would be an easy kill. During the Battle of Britain the Luftwaffe would suffer losses in aircraft and trained aircrew.

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