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Bf110s with at least three uppersurface colours

Hein Capelle

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Clint Mitchell

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21 Sep 1941 - Bf110E-3 - WNr.2393 - Erg.AufklGr.Ob.d.L. - Fl.Pl. Döberitz - Absturz 80% - Hptm. Klinklich, Arnold, (Bf) Gefr. Reisinger, Leopold [gef./ gefallen, KIA]
 

Nigel Moore

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The GL/C's widely issued guide to aircraft in service (Baureihenzusammenstellung der in Luftwaffe eingefhrten Flugzeugmuster) is interestingly schizoid on these two sub-types of the Bf110E-2 and Bf110E-3.

The 10-Mar-42 listing (BA-MA RL 3/952) has this:
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whilst that issued on 01-Nov-42 (BA-MA RL 3/948) has this:
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It appears then the E-3 was initially to be a Zerstörer, but was then repurposed by the GL/C ordering these airframes to be adapted on the production lines at Gotha (only) to become recce examples.
In other words, this is another of those Bf110 sub-type designations that came to mean something different from its original purpose.

What survives on CE+CL of its Zerstörer origin are the pairs of underwing ETC50 racks still fitted, and the larger tyres (with the undercarriage strengthened to allow carriage of up to 2000 kg beneath the fuselage), whilst speaking of its repurposing as a recce machine are the lack of under-fuselage bomb racks and its service with Erg.AufklGr.Ob.d.L..
 
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