German Luftwaffe Warplanes, 1939-1945: Messerschmitt survivors

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Axis Warplane Survivors, deutsche Flugzeuge: Messerschmitt

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War that have been preserved.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are as credited.  Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at

Ziel dieser Website ist es, erhaltene Kampfflugzeuge aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg zu lokalisieren, zu identifizieren und zu dokumentieren. Viele Mitwirkende haben bei der Suche nach diesen Flugzeugen mitgewirkt, um die Daten auf dieser Website.bereitzustellen und zu aktualisieren. Fotos gelten als gutgeschrieben. Alle hier gefundenen Fehler sind vom Autor und Ergänzungen, Korrekturen oder Ergänzungen zu dieser Liste der Überlebenden des Zweiten Weltkriegs sind sehr willkommen und können per E-Mail an den Autor unter gesendet werden.

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun, (RAF Aldon), trainer and light transport, (Wk. Nr. 2039), RAF Serial No. DK280.  This aircraft was pressed into service with the RAF on 17 April 1941 and allocated to the Maintenance Command Communications Squadron (MCCS) at Andover, England.  An additional 15 Bf 108s were captured at the end of the war and put into service with the RAF.  (RAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun, (RAF Aldon), trainer and light transport in RAF markings.  (RAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1, (Wk. Nr. 370114), D-IJHW, (RAF Aldon), RAF AW167, has survived and is flown as Reg No. D-ESBH.

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1, (Wk. Nr. 2039), G-AFRN, (RAF Aldon), RAF DK280, crashed on 20 July 1944.  

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1, (Wk. Nr. 1680), G-AFZO, (RAF Aldon), RAF ES955, was sold post war, surviving until it crashed in Sep 1980.

Messerschmitt Bf 108B, (Wk. Nr. 1547), (RAF Aldon), RAF AM84.  This aircraft was scrapped at Fairoaks, England in 1951.

Messerschmitt Bf 108D-1, (Wk. Nr. 3059), (RAF Aldon), RAF AM87.  This aircraft, G-AKZY has survived, Reg No. NX2231 in the USA.

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1, (Wk. Nr. unknown), (RAF Aldon), RAF AM89.  This aircraft was scrapped at Farnborough.

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun, (Wk. Nr. 8378), trainer and light transport, USA FE-4610, later T2-4610 in the USA post war.  This aircraft is now with the Planes of Fame Museum, Chino, California.  (USAAF Photos)

Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1, (Wk. Nr. unknown), ex-Swiss Air Force, Reg. No. D-EOIO, flying out of Ober-Mörlen, north of Frankfort, Germany.

Messerschmitt Bf 109 survivors are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Messerschmitt Bf 110, heavy fighter/night-fighter.  (Luftwaffe Photos)

Messerschmitt Bf 110D, (Wk. Nr. 4035, RAF HK846, “The Belle of Berlin” in British markings on a landing ground in North Africa. This aircraft served with II/ZG76 in Iraq and was captured after crash-landing near Mosul in May 1941.  It was flown as a communications aircraft and later as a unit ‘hack’ by RAF No. 267 Squadron until it was damaged beyond repair in a gear up landing.  (RAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 110 C-5, (Wk. Nr. 2177), coded 5F+CM, flew with Luftwaffe reconnaissance unit 4(F)/14.  It force-landed at Goodwood Racecourse, Sussex, after being hit by gunfire, on 21 July 1940.  RAF AX772.  (RAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 110 C-5, (Wk. Nr. 2177), coded 5F+CM, repaired at Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough with parts of another Bf 110 that was shot down near Wareham on 11 July 1941.   It was flown for the first time on 15 February 1941.  Later it was tested at RAE Duxford wearing a new colour scheme and designated RAF AX772.  After the trials, the aircraft was assigned to No. 1426 Squadron.  It was stored in November 1945 and subsequently scrapped in November 1947.  (RAF Photos)

Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4/R8, (Wk. Nr. 180560) captured at Eggebek.  Designated RAF AM15, this aircraft was struck off charge on 30 May 1946.

Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4/R3, (Wk. Nr. 730037), captured at Grove, Denmark.  Designated RAF AM30, this aircraft was scrapped at Farnborough in 1946.

Messerschmitt Bf 110G, (Wk. Nr. 180850), captured by the RAF.  It was not allocated an Air Ministry number, and was scrapped.

Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4/R6, (Wk. Nr. 730301) with FuG220 radar, captured at Grove, Denmark.  Designated RAF AM34, this aircraft is preserved in the RAF Museum, Hendon.  (RAF Photos)

(John Parr Photo)

 (Calgaco Photo)

(Kogo Photos)

Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4/R6, (Wk. Nr. 730301) with FuG220 radar, captured at Grove, Denmark in May 1945.  Designated RAF AM34, this aircraft is displayed in the RAF Museum, Hendon.

Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4/R8, (Wk. Nr. 180551), captured at Kastrup, Denmark.  Designated AM38, this aircraft was likely scrapped at Kastrup.

Messerschmitt Bf 110G-5/R1, (Wk. Nr. 420031), captured at Eggebek.  Designated RAF AM85.  This aircraft was scrapped at Brize Norton in 1947.

Messerschmitt Bf 110G, (Wk. Nr. unknown).  Designated RAF AM86.  This aircraft was possibly scrapped at West Raynham.

Messerschmitt Bf 110G, (Wk. Nr. unknown).  Designated RAF AM88.  This aircraft was scrapped at Schleswig-Jagel, Germany.

(RAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 110, (Wk. Nr. 3869), remains from the wreck of the Flight of Rudolf Hess To Britain 1941, H955.  A British officer inspects the wreckage of Hess' Messerchmitt Bf 110 after it had been removed to an RAF depot, Scotland, 13 May 1941.

(Alan Wilson Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 110, (Wk. Nr. 3869), remains of the fusleage of the aircraft flown by Rudolf Hess in the IWM, London, UK.

(Ra Boe Photo)

(Klaus Nahr Photo)

(Ricardo Reis Photo)

(MisterBee1966 Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4, (Wk. Nr. 5052), on display in the Deutsches Tecknik Museum, Berlin, Germany.

Messerschmitt Bf 110 wreckage examined by American forces, Bad-Abling, Germany, May 1945.  (USAAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Bf 110, (Wk. Nr. 730085) being used as the background for a USAAF pilot discussion.  (USAAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet rocket interceptors are listed on a separate page on this web site.

Messerschmitt Me 209, speed-record aircraft developed into fighter (prototype).

Messerschmitt Me 20-II, fighter (completely different from Me 209) (prototype).

Messerschmitt Me 210 in Luftwaffe service.  (Luftwaffe Photo)

Messerschmitt Me 210, (Wk. Nr. unknown), captured heavy fighter/reconnaissance fighter, in French Air Force colours, coded HT, possibly ex-RAF RN231.  This aircraft may not have left Europe.  It was not flown in the UK, and was probably scrapped after the war.  (RAF Photo)

(USAAF Photos)

Messerschmitt Me 261, long-range reconnaissance (prototype) twin engine aircraft being examined by Americans.

Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighters are listed on a separate page on this website.

Messerschmitt Me 410A-3 Hornisse in Luftwaffe service.  (Luftwaffe photos)

Messerschmitt Me 410A-3 Hornisse, (Wk. Nr. 10259), F6+OK from 2(F)./122, RAF TF209, being checked by mechanics at No. 1426 (Enemy Aircraft) Flight at Collyweston, Northamptonshire (UK).  The crew, Fw. Hans Beyer and Uffz. Helmut Hein, got lost on the return leg to Perugia and landed by mistake at Monte Corvino, Italy, on 27 November 1943.  It arrived for testing at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, England, on 14 April 1944, and was also evaluated by the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, Boscombe Down.  TF209 flew with the Fighter Interception Unit at Wittering from August 1944 until March 1946 when it was transferred to No. 6 Maintenance Unit at Brize Norton.  It was scrapped post war.  (RAF Photos)

Messerschmitt Me 410A-3 Hornisse, (Wk. Nr. 10259), F6+OK from 2(F)./122, RAF TF209, in flight escorted by an RAF de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito.  TF209 had landed intact and was captured at Monte Corvino, Italy when the crew had become lost during a photo–reconnaissance mission in the Naples area.  This aircraft wears the P for Prototype roundels showing she was at RAF Boscombe Down for testing.  (RAF Photo)

(RAFM Photo)

Messerschmitt Me 410A-1/U2 Hornisse, (Wk. Nr. 420430), captured at Vaerlose.  Designated RAF AM72, this aircraft is on display at RAF Cosford, England.  (Dapi99 Photo)

Messerschmitt Me 410A-1/U2 Hornisse, (Wk. Nr. 420439) captured at Kastrup.  Designated RAF AM39, this aircraft was likely scrapped at Kastrup.

Messerschmitt Me 410A-1/U2 Hornisse, (Wk. Nr 420430), captured at Vaerlose.  Designated RAF AM72, this aircraft is in the RAF Museum at Cosford, England.  (RAF Photos)

Messerschmitt Me 410A-1 Hornisse, (Wk. Nr. 130360), captured at Vaerlose.  Designated RAF AM73, this aircraft was scrapped at Brize Norton in 1947.

Messerschmitt Me 410B-6 Hornisse, (Wk. Nr. 410208), captured at Vaerlose.  Designated RAF AM74, this aircraft was scrapped at Farnborough in 1946.

Messerschmitt Me 410A Hornisse, (Wk. Nr. 263), 2N+HTfrom ZG76 was taken over by No. 601 Squadron.  This aircraft crashed in Oct 1943.

Four Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse were surrendered at Sylt and were initially designated by RAF as USA 16, USA 17, USA 18 and USA 19.  They were likely scrapped at Sylt.

Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse cannon-armed fighter diving away after an attack on a USAAF Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.   (USAAF Photo)

Messerschmitt Me 410A-2/U1 Hornisse, (Wk. Nr. 10018), F6+WK from 2(F)./122, USAAF EB-103, later FE-102, then FE-499, and then T2-499, on display at Freeman Field, Indiana post war.  (USAAF Photos)

Messerschmitt Me 410A-2/U1 Hornisse , (Wk. Nr. 10018), USA EB-103, later FE-102, then FE-499 and then T2-499, Freeman Field, Indiana, post war.  This aircraft is in storage with the NASM.  (USAAF Photos)

Messerschmitt Me 410B2/U4 Hornisse, (Wk. Nr. 130379), heavy fighter/reconnaissance aircraft from II/ZG26 Group was captured after the war by the Soviets and extensively tested.  Although the Soviets concluded their fighters were superior to the twin-engine ciarcraft, they confirmed it was a threat to all types of Soviet series-produced bombers, the Tu-2 included, due to its high capabilities. It had a maximum speed of 600 km/h at 6750 meters, could climb to 5000 meters in 8.6 minutes, and carried powerful offensive armament comprising two standard 20mm MG-151 cannon and the semiautomatic VK-5 cannon that could deliver a 1-second salvo weighing 4.65 kg.  The Soviets found the German designers had worked out the best methods of employing the Me 410B-2's fire power. The Me 410B-2 was fitted with a combined gun sight comprising a four-power telescope with collimator.  This made it possible to deliver precision fire from a range of 1000 meters and more, where the 50-mm high-explosive fragmentation ammunition could destroy Petlyakov, Il'yushin, Boston, and other aircraft.  In theory, a German pilot could shoot down enemy aircraft while out of defensive fire range.  (Soviet Air Force Photos)

Messerschmitt Me 609, heavy fighter/bomber (project).

Messerschmitt Me P.1101-V1 experimental swing-wing jet fighter.  This project did not fly.   (USAAF Photos)

Messerschmitt P.1101

The Messerschmitt P.1101 was a single-seat, single-jet fighter project developed in response to the 15 July 1944 Emergency Fighter Program, which sought the second generation of jet fighters for the Third Reich.  A characteristic feature of the P.1101 prototype was that the sweep of the wings could be changed before flight.

The Me P.1101 V1 was about 80% complete when the Oberammergau complex was discovered by American troops on 29 April 1945, a few days before the war's end.  The fuselage was constructed out of duralumin, with space providedbeneath the cockpit for the air duct. Located behind the cockpit and above the engine was the fuel supply of 1000 liters (220 gallons).   The rear fuselage tapered down to a cone, where the radio equipment, oxygen equipment, directional control and master compass were mounted.  The underside of the rear fuselage was covered over with sheet steel, for protection from the heat of the jet exhaust.  Although a Jumo 004B jet engine was planned for the first prototype, the more powerful  He S 011 could be added on later versions with a minimum of fuss.  The wing was basically the same as the Messerschmitt Me 262 wing from the engine (rib 7) to the end cap (rib 21), including the Me 262's aileron and leading edge slats. A second wing assembly was delivered in February 1945, in which the leading edge slots had been enlarged from 13% to 20% of the wing chord. The wing covered in plywood, and could be adjusted on the ground at 35, 40 or 45 degrees of sweepback. Both the vertical and horizontal tails were constructed of wood, and the rudder could be deflected 20 degrees. Also under design was a T-tail unit and a V-tail also. The undercarriage was of a tricycle arrangement. The nose wheel retracted to the rear and was steerable. The main gear retracted to the front, and included brakes. The cockpit was located in the nose, with a bubble canopy giving good vision all around. The canopy was kept clear by warm air which could be drawn from the engine. Cockpit pressurization was to be incorporated in the production model, as was either two or four MK 108 30mm cannon. The production model was also to fitted with cockpit armour, and up to four underwing X-4 air-to-air missiles could be carried.

The V1 prototype was approximately 80% complete.  A few days before the Allied Army was expected to appear, Messerschmitt had all the engineering drawings, calculations and design work placed on microfilm and packed in watertight containers. These containers were then hidden in four locations in surrounding villages. On Sunday, 29 April 1945, an American infantry unit entered the Oberammergau complex, seized a few documents, and destroyed much of what remained with axes.  The Me P.1101 V1 incomplete prototype was also found, and pulled out of a nearby tunnel where it was hidden.  The wings had not yet been attached and it would appear they had never had skinning applied to their undersides.  Within a few days of the German capitulation, American specialists had arrived to assess the significance of the seized Messerschmitt complex. After questioning some of the Messerschmitt employees, it was learned of the missing documents.  When the American team tried to recover these hidden microfilmed documents, they found that the French Army had already recovered some of the documents.

 After the aircraft had been shipped to the USA, there was some lobbying by Messerschmitt Chief Designer Woldemar Voigt and Robert J. Woods of Bell aircraft to have the P.1101 V1 completed by June 1945.  This was precluded by the destruction of some critical documents and the refusal of the French to release the remaining majority of the design documents (microfilmed and buried by the Germans), which they had obtained prior to the arrival of American units to the area.  The airframe meanwhile became a favorite prop for GI souvenir photos.

Messerschmitt Me P.1101 V1, post war USO Troupe, Oberammergau, Germany.   (Green4life80 Photo)

Shipped to USA, the aircraft was stored at Wright Field until it was repaired and fitted with an American Allison J-35 engine.  Unfortunately it was damaged in the only attempt to take off.   Further tests were abandoned in August 1948, and the prototype went to the Bell Company.  The P.1101 was used as ground test-bed for the Bell X-5, but damage ruled out any possibility for repair although some of the Me P.1101's design features were subsequently used by Bell.  Bell used the Me P.1101 as the basis for the X-5, during which individual parts of the P.1101 were used for static testing.  The Bell X-5 was the first aircraft capable of varying its wing geometry while in flight.  Sometime in the early 1950s, the remainder of the Messerschmitt Me P.1101 V1 was scrapped.  Internet: