Hornets Over Britain

For a few days in September 1942 the Me 210 flew operationally against England. Chris Goss describes its tragic debut

Me 210A-1 0182 ‘VN+AT’ flew operational trials with Erprobungsstaffel Me 210. ALL CHRIS GOSS ARCHIVE UNLESS NOTED

Flying at sea level, a pair of twin-engined Luftwaffe fighters skimmed the North Sea, maintaining strict radio silence. They were heading west from Soesterberg in the Netherlands on August 3, 1942, bound for a convoy sailing off the Yorkshire coast. Leading the raiders was 25-year-old Oberleutnant (Oblt) Walter Maurer, who had cut his teeth on Messerschmitt Bf 110s.

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