Messerschmitt Bf 110E-2 G9+LN, Oblt. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, 5./NJG.1, St Trond, Belgium June 1942
Although the Messerschmitt Bf 110 heavy �ghter proved to be something of a disappointment during the dog�ghts of the Battle of Britain, it did continue to serve successfully in a number of roles throughout WWII and developed into a particularly formidable Night�ghter. With many of the world's most successful Night�ghter aces �ying the Bf 110 during their operational careers, this night hunter took a heavy toll of Bomber Command aircraft, as they patrolled the skies of Northern Europe. As the most successful Night�ghter ace of WWII Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer �ew the Messerschmitt Bf 110 exclusively and claimed an incredible 121 aerial victories from just 164 combat missions �own. The 21st February 1945 proved to be Schnaufer's most formidable day, when he managed to bring down no fewer than nine RAF four-engined bombers in one day - two in the early hours of the morning and a further seven in just nineteen minutes that same evening. Messerschmitt Bf 110 G9+LN was the aircraft in which this supreme nocturnal predator claimed his �rst victory in June 1942.