Messerschmitt Bf 110

Messerschmitt Bf 110

Country Germany
Manufacturer Messerschmitt AG
Primary Role Heavy Fighter
Maiden Flight 12 May 1936
Messerschmitt Bf 110 C 2 CF+NI WNr.3068 Winter 1939 40 Magdeburg Ost

Messerschmitt Bf 110 C 2 CF+NI WNr.3068 Winter 1939 40 Magdeburg Ost

The Bf 110 (sometimes Me 110) fighters were twin-engined heavy fighters developed with multiple-roles in mind: the request for such a design called for a monoplane that housed a crew of three with a small bomb bay. Messerschmitt was one of the three companies that responded to the request, and eventually won the contract. The first test fighter was delivered to the German military in Jan 1937 and production began in the summer of that year. The fighters participated in the Battle of Britain after the European War broke out, but the large size and weak maneuverability soon led to a high loss rate. As a result, many Bf 110s were transferred to the Eastern Front and the Mediterranean coast where hostile fighters were not as advanced as the numerous Hurricane fighters guarding Britain. In their new theaters, they were most often seen in light bombing and strafing missions. Later in the war, with the installation of more powerful engines, they eventually developed into heavily armored aircraft with room for radar equipment that were well suited for night fighter duties.

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Messerschmitt Bf 110 C 2 CF+NI WNr.3068 Winter 1939 40 Magdeburg Ost 2

Messerschmitt Bf 110 C 2 CF+NI WNr.3068 Winter 1939 40 Magdeburg Ost 2

German Bf 110 fighters, Western Europe, May 1940;

German Bf 110 fighters, Western Europe, May 1940;

German Ju 52 aircraft flying over the crash site of a German Bf 110 fighter, near Oslo and Fornebu, Norway, 1940 ww2db

German Ju 52 aircraft flying over the crash site of a German Bf 110 fighter, near Oslo and Fornebu, Norway, 1940 ww2db

 

Pilot of a German Bf 110 aircraft in flight, May 1940 ww2db

Pilot of a German Bf 110 aircraft in flight, May 1940 ww2db

German pilot Oberleutnant Theodor Rossiwall preparing to enter his Bf 110 fighter, western France, summer 1940 ww2db

German pilot Oberleutnant Theodor Rossiwall preparing to enter his Bf 110 fighter, western France, summer 1940

German pilots Major Johann Schalk and Oberleutnant Theodor Rossiwal speaking in front of a Bf 110 fighter, western France, summer 1940 ww2db

German pilots Major Johann Schalk and Oberleutnant Theodor Rossiwal speaking in front of a Bf 110 fighter, western France, summer 1940

Messerschmitt Bf110 fighter of Zerstörergeschwader 76 heavy fighter squadron over the English Channel, Aug 1940. These were the first fighters with the shark’s mouth that inspired the RAF in Africa and the AVG in China.

Messerschmitt Bf110 fighter of Zerstörergeschwader 76 heavy fighter squadron over the English Channel, Aug 1940. These were the first fighters with the shark’s mouth that inspired the RAF in Africa and the AVG in China.

 German Me 110 aircraft of ZG 26 'Horst Wessel' refueling in France, Oct 1940

German Me 110 aircraft of ZG 26 ‘Horst Wessel’ refueling in France, Oct 1940

View from the gunner seat of a Bf 110 aircraft while the aircraft was in flight over France, Nov 1940 ww2db

View from the gunner seat of a Bf 110 aircraft while the aircraft was in flight over France, Nov 1940

Bf 110 aircraft of German Night Fighter Wing 3 in flight over North Africa, Apr 1941

Bf 110 aircraft of German Night Fighter Wing 3 in flight over North Africa, Apr 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 110 winter camo code

Messerschmitt Bf 110 winter camo code

View from the gunner seat of a Bf 110 aircraft while the aircraft was in flight over Germany

View from the gunner seat of a Bf 110 aircraft while the aircraft was in flight over Germany

German Night Fighter Squadron 4 commanding officer Oberleutnant Hans-Karl Kamp's Bf 110 aircarft in flight, France, summer 1942

German Night Fighter Squadron 4 commanding officer Oberleutnant Hans-Karl Kamp’s Bf 110 aircarft in flight, France, summer 1942

Messerschmitt Bf 110 E (7)F/LG 2 Poesti 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 110 E (7)F/LG 2 Poesti 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 110 G-4 with radar

Messerschmitt Bf 110 G-4 with radar

Messerschmitt Bf 110 nose art pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 110 nose art pilot

ZG76 Haifischgeschwader Bf110

ZG76 Haifischgeschwader Bf110

Messerschmitt Bf 110 ZG1 nose art

Messerschmitt Bf 110 ZG1 nose art

Messerschmitt Bf 110 and Erich von Manstein

Messerschmitt Bf 110 and Erich von Manstein

Messerschmitt Bf 110 cockpit pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 110 cockpit pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 110 of 13(Z)/JG 5 Eismeer

Messerschmitt Bf 110 of 13(Z)/JG 5 Eismeer

Messerschmitt Bf 110 nose art pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 110 nose art pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 110 ZG1 pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 110 ZG1 pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 110 of ZG76 “Haifischgeschwader”

Messerschmitt Bf 110 of ZG76 “Haifischgeschwader”

Messerschmitt Bf 110 B

Messerschmitt Bf 110 B

Nachtjager Me110 of the NJG 4 in FLORENNES Belgium

Nachtjager Me110 of the NJG 4 in FLORENNES Belgium

Messerschmitt Bf 110 and pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 110 and pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 110 ZG1 in flight

Messerschmitt Bf 110 ZG1 in flight

Messerschmitt Bf 110 nachtjager

Messerschmitt Bf 110 nachtjager

Messerschmitt Bf 110 wreckage

Messerschmitt Bf 110 wreckage

Luftwaffe mechanics servicing Messerschmitt Bf 110 of the 7(F)/LG 2 Kalamaki 1941

Luftwaffe mechanics servicing Messerschmitt Bf 110 of the 7(F)/LG 2 Kalamaki 1941

Messerschmitt Bf 110 cockpit

Messerschmitt Bf 110 cockpit

Messerschmitt Bf 110 pilot

Messerschmitt Bf 110 pilot

Captured Messerschmitt Bf 110G Night Fighter near Munich May 1945

Captured Messerschmitt Bf 110G Night Fighter near Munich May 1945

Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer

Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer

Messerschmitt Bf 110 nose art 7/LG2

Messerschmitt Bf 110 nose art 7/LG2

 


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