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many units were withdrawn from daytime operations and used as night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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