Messerschmitt Me 410 A-1/U4 Hornisse


Black Dubble Chevron, W.Nr. 420267, flown by Hauptmann Günther Weyl, Stab II/ZG 26, Hildesheim/Germany, April 1944

In October 1943 II./Zerstorergeschwader 26 "Horst Wessel" was re-equipped with Messerschmitt Me 410 A machines. At this time Hptm. Eduard Tratt held the position of Gruppenkommandeur, which he held until his death on 22 February 1944, when he was shot down by return fire from a Boeing B-17 'Flying Fortress' of the 401 Bomb Squadron, 91 Bombardment Group (on this day Hptm. Tratt was flying in Me 410 A-1 '3U-blau 1').

Hptm. Tratt was replaced by Hptm. Gunther Weyl the following day. Hptm. Weyl led the Gruppe until 06 July 1944, when he assumed the position of Gruppenkommandeur I./Zerstorergeschwader 101.

Hptm. Willy Elstermann replaced Hptm. Weyl, and remained with the Gruppe as its Kommandeur when it was re-designated as II./Jagdgeschwader 6 on 05 August--1944.

Note: This Messerschmitt Me 410 A-1 bearing the marking of Gruppenkommandeur II./Zerstorergeschwader 26 "Horst Wessel". Note also the distinctive 'Wappen' of II./Zerstorergeschwader 26 "Horst Wessel" in the form of a 'Holzschuhe' (wooden clog) on the outer engine cowling and the yellow Rechsverteidung band on the real fusulage.

Note that this caption is written by Richard Mills, an fellow enthusiast reseaching on the subject,

thanks a lot Richard for your effort!

At the same time I have updated the profile to my latest Mw 410 standard

This is one of 12 Me 410 profiles made by me during this year

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