The Messerschmitt Bf 109E was less manoeuvrable than the British Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire both of which could out-turn it in a dog fight. Both the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire fighters used carburettors and in a negative "G" power dive their engines would loose power due to petrol starvation, the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitt Bf 109E was fuel injected and was particularly fast in a power dive and could rely on a power dive to get out of trouble in a dog fight, the British fighters would execute a sharp turn in the same situation.
It is of note that a total of 33,984 Messerschmitt Bf 109E fighters had been produced by they end of WW2. Post-war 109 variants served in the Spanish Air Force until 1965 and provided the Luftwaffe 109 fighters in the film "Battle of Britain", ironically these 109 fighters were powered by Rolls Royce Merlin engines.
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The German Luftwaffe "Battle of Britain" Messerschmitt 110 "Zerstörer" fighter history
The Messerschmitt Bf 110 "Zerstörer" was designed in the early 1930's by Willy Messerschmitt as a twin engined long range heavy escort fighter. Intoduced into Luftwaffe service in 1937 the Messerschmitt 110 proved successful in the Spanish Civil War and WW2, this changed in the Battle of Britain.
Hermann Göring was particularly fond of the Messerschmitt Bf 110 and referred to the fighter as his "Eisenseiten" (Ironsides), and his nephew, Hans-Joachim Göring was a Luftwaffe Zerstörer pilot (he was killed on the 11th July 1940 when his 110 was shot down by Hurricanes over Portland Harbour). The Messerschmitt Bf 110 proved to be no match for the British Super Marine Spitfire or the Hawker Hurricane fighters, it presented a large target easily spotted and it's lack of manoeuvrability resulted in the Bf 110 "Zerstörer" being an easy target for the RAF's more agile fighters.
The rate of attrition of the Messerschmitt Bf 110 in the Battle of Britain proved so high that many units were withdrawn from daytime operations and used as night fighters, the Luftwaffe entered the Battle of Britain with 237 Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstörer fighters, at the end of the Battle they had lost 223,. Later in WW2 the Bf 110 night fighters were fitted with radar to increase their effectiveness..
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The German Luftwaffe "Battle of Britain" Junkers 88 fighter bomber history
The Junkers Ju 88 was a successful twin engined multi-role aircraft designed by a team led by Ernst Zindel, the design utilised an all metal stressed skin construction, as Junkers had no experience in stressed skin construction they employed American engineers W. H. Evers and Alfred Gassner. The Junkers Ju 88 was introduced into Luftwaffe service in 1939. The Junkers Ju 88 one of the most versatile and effective German aircraft of WW2, it served as a bomber, dive bomber, torpedo bomber, heavy fighter and night fighter (with or without radar).
During the Battle of Britain theJunkers Ju 88 was primarily used as a bomber and heavy fighter. It was twenty Junkers Ju 88 bombers that successfully bombed the Chain Home radar station, RAF Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight on the 12th of August 1940 with the loss of only two aircraft.
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