The Messerschmitt Bf 110 Story

Jan Forsgren



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A highly detailed technical description of the Bf 110

Richly illustrated with 75 rarely seen photographs

Includes personal accounts of Bf 110 pilots and aircrew, as well as details on non-Luftwaffe operators and preserved Bf 110s

Written by an authority on the aircraft of the Luftwaffe in the Second World War, the author of nineteen books and over 500 articles published in over twenty aviation magazines

A highly capable twin-engined destroyer, fighter-bomber, and night fighter, the Messerschmitt Bf 110 (unofficially the Me 110) was, in Hermann Göring’s estimation, the pick of the Luftwaffe’s offensive fighters.

Drawing on the personal recollections of pilots and aircrew, as well as the individual histories of principal units and non-Luftwaffe operators, The Messerschmitt Bf 110 Story charts the aircraft’s operational service in Poland, the Battle of Britain, North Africa, and the Eastern Front. It offers deep technical analysis on the aircraft’s design and performance alongside both competitors, such as the Focke-Wulf Fw 57 and Henschel Hs 124, and opponents, such as the French Potez 630/631 series and Polish PZL.38. The few Bf 110s that have survived in preservation are also explored in this definitive guide to one of the Luftwaffe’s most iconic fighters.