The Messerschmitt Bf 110 Story

Author(s): Jan Forsgren 

ISBN: 9781781559161
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A comprehensive operational and technical account of the Luftwaffe’s famous Zerstörer, from its inception as a new type of combat aircraft to its service on all fronts in defence of the Reich.
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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.

BOOK ISBN 9781781559161
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 192 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 75 illustrations



Jan Forsgren has an M.A. in History, specialising in Sweden’s relationship with Cambodia from 1975-1989. Other academic merits include International Law and Archival Science. He enjoys travelling and occasionally tries to combine his interest in history in finding possible articles and book projects. He is attempting to establish himself as a freelance writer, mainly within aviation history and southeast Asia.