- Length: 30 cm
- Width: 42 cm
- Height: 11 cm
- Number of Blocks: 370
- Number of Figures: 2
The Messerschmitt Bf 110 was a Nazi fighter-bomber of the Second World War.
Willy Messerschmitt designed this aircraft – only the second military airplane he had created after the Bf 109. He followed his own path in engineering the Bf 110 – ignoring the Reich Ministry of Aviation’s requests. He aimed for lightness and simplicity. It remained a concern throughout the production life of the airplane, though, that two 109s could be built for the cost of a single 110.
It was armed with two MG FF 20 mm cannon, four 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns, and one 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun for defence.
Its first flight took place in May 1936.
Development work on an improved type, the Messerschmitt Me 210 began before the war started. However, its teething troubles resulted in the Bf 110 soldiering on until the end of the war.
The Bf 110 served with considerable success in the early campaigns in Poland, Norway and France.
However, its main weakness was its lack of maneuverability, especially apparent during the Batllt of Britain. In fact, the Luftwaffe began the Battle of Britain with 237 Bf 110s. However, by the end of that fight, it had lost 223.
When British bombers began targeting German territory with nightly raids, some Bf 110-equipped units were converted to night fighters, a role to which the aircraft was well suited.