Battle of Britain at 80: Destroying the Destroyers

The only Messerschmitt Bf 110 unit flying with Luftflotte 5 in Norway during the Battle of Britain was I Gruppe/Zerstörergeschwader 76, yet despite being successful in the first nine months of the war, its part in the attack on the UK was brief

There was a great deal to learn from the Battle of Britain — on both sides. The prowess of certain aircraft exceeded expectations. Others failed to live up to them. For the RAF, the Boulton Paul Defiant was a perfect example of the latter. From the Luftwaffe’s perspective, the Junkers Ju 87 ‘Stuka’ is an obvious candidate, but the Messerschmitt Bf 110 is another. One hitherto successful unit’s experience with the ‘Zerstörer’ illustrates that.

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