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Championed by Hermann Goering, the Messerschmitt Bf 110 Destroyer, (or Heavy
Fighter) concept was certainly sound in theory, giving these slightly larger
aircraft much greater range and devastating firepower. Unfortunately, the
increase in size and weight left the Destroyers vulnerable to the more
maneuverable single-engined fighters of the RAF.

During the late 1930s, it would be difficult to argue against the idea of
basically putting two Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters together to produce one
heavy fighter, or 'Destroyer'. With greater range and much-increased
firepower, these fearsome aircraft would surely blast any opponents from the sky
and quickly allow German ground forces to conquer even greater amounts of
territory. This was the perfectly rational thinking behind the Destroyer concept
and one which Luftwaffe Commander-in-Chief Hermann Goering was passionately in
favor of.

As the Luftwaffe swept through Europe and into France and the Low Countries,
the Bf 110 Destroyers proved to be incredibly successful, with their additional
firepower proving to be devastatingly effective in the air and during strafing
attacks. As the conflict moved on to the massed air attacks against Britain, the
confident Destroyer crews were in for a rude awakening. When pitted against the
fast, agile fighters of the RAF, the Bf 110 was quickly found to be inferior
and began to suffer significant losses over England. Indeed, the performance of
the aircraft in combat became so worrying that the Destroyers could not operate
effectively without the security of their own fighter cover. Despite this,

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