Messerschmitt Me-410

Research by; Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette

The Messerschmitt Me-410 version was powered by two 1,900hp DB 603G engines. Top speed with no external ordnance or fuel tanks was an impressive 385mph.

Believe it or not but the Messerschmitt Me-210 and 410 series was to replace the Me-110 models. Everyone can clearly see the 410 never took over the weight that the Me-110 carried during the war. Just in one area alone like night-fighting you can see where the Me-410 never fought at any real strength what-so-ever. There were hundreds of Me-110 night-fighters that flew and shot down several hundred British bombers. The Me-410 would have proved to be a great night-fighter if it had been more available and pushed in that direction.

The aircraft was designed to be a fast medium bomber. The aircraft actually has a bomb bay that opens beneath the cockpit area. As a bomber goes it could carry two 1,100lb bombs or four five-hundred pound bombs. This would have been a stinging blown if the delivery of the bombs could be accurate on enemy targets. The 385mph fighter-bomber lost some speed when it was carrying bombs. It would have been too venerable. And the speed of the Me210 and 410 was diminished. They would get shot down.

Once you started adding bombs on the outside of the fuselage the airflow of the aircraft was drug down to about 300mph. Adding rocket tubes under the wings also hurt the performance of the Messerschmitt. Yet what we need to do is analyze what was the best use of the Messerschmitt 210 and 410 series and why did it not take over the tasks of the Me-110.

This is my only painting of a Messerschmitt Me-410. Wilhelm Krissemann flew this aircraft from the factory out to an airfield where it was eventually ferried out to the squadron it would be assigned to. In some cases Wilhelm flew the aircraft all the way out to the squadron. This painting has been autographed by the pilot and is for sale. Size 2x4 feet.

These diagrams are from a plastic model kit. The kit I used the was a 1/48 scale model. It is an excellent kit. I personally like the 1/48 scale models. They are big enough to work with. The 1/72 is rather small even though I have built several dozen different models in my life.

This is the best diagram of the DB 603A I have ever seen so I copied this for every one.

I look at the diagram above and try to imagine this aircraft with a twin boom with no fuselage. That would have changed everything.

I do not believe that the engines above were painted in the format presented. Unless this is something special for this aircraft. The other top painting schemes I have seen are nothing like the above. I have some examples below.

ZG-26

Thirty Eight Victories! In the right hands and with proper conditions this was a war machine. The problems that the 210 and the 410 were overcome however too late. Under better working conditions the Me-410 would have been a bomber killer considering the success it did prove and achieved in combat.

This is a sleek aircraft. What I am most interested in is, "what was it like in the pilots seat?" The props of the engines are set out in front of the nose of the cockpit. That must have been exhilarating for the pilot.

No one in their right mind can think that this was not a good fighter. It had no chance with a Mustang or Spitfire. The Me-410 was a heavy fighter. This heavy fighter was to be used against ground targets and enemy bombers. As a tank buster this would have been as effective as the Henschel Hs-129 in Russia. After all the Stuka was not designed to be a tank buster but is proved to be the best. Actually all three aircraft would have been the best if they had been deployed properly. This is a heavy fighter. Not a nimble fighter compared to the top of the fighters the 410 flew against. The plane needed some protection. It didn't get it.

These bomber-killers would have shot down allied bombers to the target and back to their base if the Mustangs and Thunderbolts could have been kept off their backs.

However logistics is the only reason the Allies won the war at all. Nothing more. When you can put up one thousand bombers and five hundred fighters where as the Germans could barely muster two hundred and fifty fighters off the ground in a pattern of mish-mesh approach to defense, well you can bet on the winner two years in advance.

Goering never took his job seriously. People like Galland were biting their fingers nails until they bleed while being forced to watch their fat perverted king eat, drink and romance his way along day by day as Germany lost the war.

ZG-76

As politely as possible, "who was the poop-head" that came up with the idea for the rear firing guns? Were you born stupid, no, you were an engineer at the Messerschmitt design facility. This should have been tested, seen that it did not work so you remove the guns to lighten the weight of the fighter to give it greater speed like the Mosquito to get away from your enemy by out-running them. Those two guns and all the equipment for them must have weighed 400 pounds! Would that loss of weight give the Messerschmitt a great speed? Yes, about three to four miles per hour could be what a pilot needs in desperate situations.

The bomber version was defended by two 13mm MG131 machine guns which were operated by remote control. One machine gun was on each side behind the canopy and cockpit area. German papers show that there were a total of 140 different types of armament arrangements on the Me-210 and the 410 through the end of the war.

Very few of the aircraft were used as night fighters. There was radar equipment that would have fit in the fighter-bomber. One model was equipped with another type of radar that was used for anti-shipping in the Me-410B-6 model. This would have been a great weapon if used properly.

The B-6 was designed as a torpedo bomber. The torpedo was more of a cruse missile. The weapon was the L 10 Friedensengel gliding torpedo. It was described as a torpedo that could be released from a distance and altitude that would keep the delivery aircraft, the Messerschmitt Me-410B-6 from gunfire on the ship they were attacking. A squadron of these aircraft equipped with such weapons would severely wound a fleet of British warships.

These weapons were only available in the last year of the war. I was common for the Messerschmitt facility to take a year to test many of the aircraft changes that were taking place at the same time with the different incorporation of the many, many weapons this heavy-fighter carried.

If these guided gliding torpedoes had been available the Messerschmitt would have ruled the waves in stead of the HMS Fleet. However as a torpedo bomber in general, I have found no evidence that the fighter-bomber had been used in combat with torpedoes and if they were successful.

Below are a few more Me-210's and 410's from other artist who did a great job.

If you have a few profiles or artwork of the Messerschmitts Me-210 or 410's please E-Mail them to me with the info of the artist or source. If you have painted any of these fighter-bombers send them to me as well and I will post them here with your name.

Messerschmitt Me-210 and 410 profiles

Profile artwork above is by Sydney Chivers.

 

The above selection of Hornets show a great verity of the aircraft in different theatres of operation and a different selection of weapons.

 

 

 

Squadron Artworks

The yellow hornet above was used by both Me-110's and me-410's. I even think I saw this on a Bf-109 as well.

Reconnaissance and Bombing unit.

Sir Ernie Hamilton Boyette

Aviation Artist/Historian

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