night fighter ace

His mother, Princess Walburga, commented that: “… he was boundlessly disillusioned and boundlessly disappointed. In 1943 he contemplated the thought of shooting Hitler. It was only out of sense of honor and duty that Heinrich went on fighting, carried along by the ambition to overtake Major Lent in his score of enemy aircraft shot down”.

In her memoirs, Tatiana von Metternich reported that Wittgenstein planned to kill Hitler after the ceremony at which he received his Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross in 1943. He said, “I am not married, I have no children—I am expendable. He will receive me personally. Who else among us can ever get as near to him?”

Messerschmitt BF-110

The Bf 110 served with success in the early campaigns: the Polish, Norwegian and Battle of France. The lack of agility in the air Bf 110 was their main weakness. This defect was during the Battle of Britain, when some units equipped with Bf 110 aircraft were withdrawn from the battle after suffering heavy losses and redeployed as night fighters, a function that the plane adapted very well. The Bf 110 enjoyed a successful period after the Battle of Britain as an air superiority fighter and attack aircraft on other fronts. During the Balkans Campaign, the Campaign of North Africa and the Eastern Front, he provided valuable air support to the ground troops of the German Army as a potent fighter-bomber (Jabo-Jagdbomber). Later it was developed into a formidable night fighter, becoming the largest aircraft of the Luftwaffe night operations. Most German night fighter aces piloted the Bf 110 at some point in their careers combat, and the greatest night fighter ace of all time, the largest Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, piloted this model only and has allocated 121 victories 164 combat missions

Crew: 2 (pilot and gunner dorsal), 3 (+ radio operator) on the night fighter versions.
Length 12.3 m
Wingspan: 16.3 m
Height: 3.3 m
Wing area: 38.8 m²
Curb weight: 4,500 kg
Loaded weight: 6,700 kg
Powerplant: 2 × Daimler-Benz DB 601B-1 V12 liquid-cooled inverted.
Power: 809 kW (1,085 HP, 1,100 HP) each.
Propellers: 1 × bladed motor.
Maximum operating speed (VNO): 560 km / h (348 MPH, 302 kt)
Range: 2,410 km (1,301 nmi; 1,498 mi)
Ferry Reach 2,800 km (1,512 nmi; 1,740 mi)
Service ceiling: 10,500 m (34,449 ft)
Wing loading: 173 kg / m
Power / weight: 0.3644 kW / kg
Machine guns: 5 x
4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 on the nose, with 1,000 missiles each.
1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 mobile gun carriage rear cabin for the dorsal gunner.
Guns: 2 × MG FF / M of 20 mm in the nose, with 180 rounds (3 reels 60, burdened by the dorsal gunner and radio operator during the flight).