Hurricane I vs Bf 110: 1940 (Duel) by Tony Holmes

By Tony Holmes

The storm was once the RAF's first monoplane fighter and observed major wrestle in the course of the struggle over France and the conflict of england. one in all its vital competitors in 1940 used to be the Bf one hundred ten twin-engined, two-seat heavy fighter. Following the invasion of France, those opponents clashed frequently because the RAF's Hurricanes attacked German bomber formations defended by way of Bf a hundred and ten. even though the typhoon had the higher hand whilst it got here to maneuverability, the Bf one hundred ten outclassed it by way of fireplace energy, with its mixture of desktop weapons and cannon. this can be the tale of the dramatic battles within the skies over France and the Channel as Britain desperately attempted to carry again the German onslaught from her shorelines.

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Pit OfT). S. o~jI74,75 Nicolson, Fh L( J. B. 66 accefted 6. 0~8162,2IOS;~~~rr~d3~t;il~4212~: 169:t~~~n~, Opitz, Rudolf 16 organisation, unit 34-37 78 80 ACE 011 • 978 1855324879 ACE 012 • 9781855326279 AC 0 . 3 Sqn 6,32,60; No. ~i:8~~~t~3~2~~'B~II OC 23-26; Bf IIOD 27 specifications, technical, Hurricane I 10, 24; early-build 18-19; Iatc-build 19-23 Stones, Pit OfT Don 69 Supcrmarinc Spitfire 13, 22, 72 tact;~lrighter Command 55,56, 57 su also formations, tactics. P3~. 28 Price, Dr Alfred 37 propellers: Dc Ilavilland 12, 19-21: Hamilton Standard variable-pilCh 20; Rotol constalll-spccd 12,19-21; Sf( alw foonations, ~:~~I~~:tFI~frll.

It had two potential aims. First, it was a defensive manoeuvre, with the forward guns of each aircraft protecting the tail of the aircraft ahead. Second, it allowed a formation to effectively take possession of an extensive area of sky which could then be occupied and defended for as long as necessary - when covering the approach or withdrawal of another formation, for example. When used in the latter fashion the tactic lured enemy fighters to attack a potentially lethal formation at some disadvantage.

Around below, getting in each others' way due to the rigidity of their battle formation. Taking advantage of this, the Zerstdrer made two more passes and claimed three Spitfires destroyed before discrerion got the better of them and they made good their escape. The Battle of France quickly revealed that the Bf 110 could not hope to 'mix it' Missions such as this one went a long way to restOring the morale of the with the Hurricane I in a dogflghr. /ZG 1, who commented 'The Bf 110 was not manoeuvrable.

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