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Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4B 3./Erpr.Gr.210(Battle of Britain)
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Luftwaffe 3./ Erpr.Gr.210(Erprobungsgruppe 210)was the third staffel of the Gruppe and the only one equipped with Bf 109Es.
The others two squadrons operated with Bf 110C-4B, D-0, D-1 and other new and last versions of the Zerstörer.
3./Erpr.Gr.210 take on charge a batch of new Bf 109E-4B by July 1940 and began an intensive programme of training.
A red line was painted in the left canopy side to serve as reference at the dive(45 ° from 3000m).
On Jul 13, 1940 by 07.00 hours Erpr.Gr.210 move forward from its base at Denain to St Omer for start operations in convoy attacks. The group flew his first mission at 12.15 hours, targeting a convoy off Harwich .
Erpr.Gr.210 was a precision attack unit and after targeting convoy traffic, switch in the next phase of the Battle of Britain, to attack radar stations and airfields.
On Aug 15, 1940 Erpr.Gr.210 suffer heavy losses. After two succesfull sorties, the Gruppe depart by the 17.00 hrs to attack Kenley.
With the low setting sun, Erpr.Gr.210 dont find the escorting JG 52 and continued always a low altitude to London area.
The Gruppe made a long approach by the north and began the attack, but they mistook Croydon with Kenley. The long approach give to the RAF, enough time to intercept and
two Hurricanes squadrons(No.32 and No.111 Sqn)were converging to the Kenley area.
The attack cause moderate damage to Kenley and then Gruppenkommandeur, Hptm Rubensdorffer, ordered the retreat. But that was too late.
The Hurricanes went to chase the Bf 110s and the eight Bf 109E-4B led by Ltn.Horst Marx were no enough to content the attack.
The full Stab flight was destroyed(Rubendorsffer and his radio were KIA)and 2./Erpr.Gr.210 loss three others Bf 110s. Ltn.Marx try to save and protect Rubendorsffer but he was also hit and shot down.
Marx´s Bf 109 was one of the only two Bf 109s lost in combat by Erpr.Gr.210 by the Battle of Britain.
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