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Messerschmitt Bf 110
Role Fighter aircraft
Manufacturer Messerschmitt
First flight 12 May 1936
Introduction 1937.
Retired 1945 (Luftwaffe)
Primary user Luftwaffe
Number built Estimated 6,170

The Messerschmitt Bf 110 is a twin-engine fighter aircraft. It used two Daimler-Benz DB 600 engines. It was designed as a long-range 3-seat escort fighter in 1935. The first prototype flew on May 12, 1936.

The plane was used by the German Luftwaffe in the World War II. In Germany it was called Zerstörer (the destroyer). Early in the war Germany had great success with the plane until they attacked Great Britain.

In the Battle of Britain the Bf 110C had the best claims-to-loss ratio of the four main fighters, the other three being the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and the Bf 109 fighters.

They were slow in turns which was a major flaw in the design. The Hurricane's could out-turn them and the Spitfires could out-run them.

The withdrawal of Messerschmitt Bf 110's from the channel coast started in October 1940, when a similar withdrawal took place with Bf 109 units also. The Luftwaffe had turned to its night bombing phase, so the fighter units were of a less priority for the Luftwaffe. Only two Bf 109 units remained in France: elements of JG 2 and JG 26.

Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Germany's top night fighter ace, claimed 121 victories flying a Bf 110.

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