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Me 410B-2 Hornisse aircraft, captured by Russian troops in East Prussia, spring 1945

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Feb 2009 04:10:48 PM

Info on above photo: This Me 410B-2 looks like its armed with a 50mm BK-5 Cannon. Various other weapons were tested by the Me 410 in attempts to improve its efficancy as a anti-bomber aircraft including the 37mm BK 3.7 cannon, 21-cm rockets. 20 and 30mm cannon's. Aircraft also was armed with two 13mm MG 151 machine-guns in remotely-controlled aft-firing lateral barbettes.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
22 Aug 2010 12:17:43 PM

The Messerschmitt Me 410 carried one 50mm
BK 5 cannon, this weapon was based on the
PAK 38 anti-tank gun,used by the German army
The weapon weighted 1,190lbs/540kgs, and was
fed by a twenty one round magazine.
1,600 Me 410's were built,its unknown how
many were armed with this cannon.

Two Me 410A-1 were modified to carry the
flak 43/37mm cannon, tested and evaluated by(E.kdo25)Erprobungskommando 25

Near the end of the war, the Red army captured some Me 410's and used them against
the Germans.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Mar 2012 07:57:20 PM


One Messerschmitt Me410 is part of the RAF Museum Collection at Cosford, UK. The Me410 was built in 1943, and was assigned to ZG26 In 1945 it was surrendered to Allied forces in Denmark.
Aircraft was one of six used for tests and evaluation, one was selected for the Museum, the others were later scrapped.

The other Me410 is stored by the National Air & Space Museum, Wash. DC and is waitng restoration.
Armament was 2x7.9mm machine guns w/1000rpg
2x20mm cannons w/350rpg, 2x13mm machine guns w/500rpg weapons were remote-controlled by the gunner. The Me410 carried 30mm as well as other caliber cannons and rocket tubes.
Did you know, the Me210 and 410 had over 140 different types of armament arrangements.
4. Jim says:
12 Jun 2014 10:41:00 PM

This is an Me 410B-2/U4, most likely of ZG76. It is armed with a 5cm BK5 in its weapons bay, along with two fixed 3cm MK103 in the nose and two MG131 in tail barbettes.
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
14 Jan 2015 09:50:36 AM


The Soviet forces captured a number of Luftwaffe aircraft before wars end, for testing and evaluation. One Messerschmitt Me410B-2/U4 of II./ZG26 Wk.N 130379 was evaluated and much was learned from the German design, did you know the remote control system for the 13mm MG131 machine guns, located in barbettes on each side of the fuselage were copied and later used in other Soviet aircraft designs, anything of interest was examined, copied and later used. What happened to this a/c after testing remains a mystery, most likely it was scrapped. The version in above file photo is armed with a 50mm BK-5 cannon with 22 rounds.

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