The Battle of Britain 1940
|Gloster Gladiator||British||Biplane Fighter|
|Boulton Paul Defiant||British||Turreted Fighter|
|Hawker Hurricane||British||Front Line Fighter|
|Supermarine Spitfire||British||Front Line Fighter|
|Bristol Blenheim||British||Fighter Bomber|
|Messerschmitt Bf109||German||Front line fighter/escort|
|Messerschmitt Bf110||German||Front line fighter/light bomber|
|Junkers Ju87 Stuka||German||Dive bomber|
|Junkers Ju88||German||Medium range bomber/Dive bomber|
|Heinkel HeIII||German||Medium range bomber|
|Dornier Do17||German||Medium range bomber|
Throughout this section and the website you will find that all Messerschmitt built aircraft are designated with the "Bf" prefix and not the "Me" prefix as many historians and reference works often use.
All aircraft developed by Messerschmitt
before the founding of Messerschmitt A.G. in 1938 had, and retained, the
Bf designation throughout the war. The 108, 109 and 110 were never designated
anything other than Bf.
The change from Bf to Me came between the
Bf163 (which did exist & fly) and the Me210. All Luftwaffe Manuals
for both the 109 and the 110 cite Bf in the aircraft type but those for
the 163, 210 etc., cite Me.
Although many of our great historians use the prefix 'Me', this is probably because many of the official records of the Royal Air Force use the 'Me' prefix and not 'Bf', this is possibly because of political overtones at the time.
It is for this reason that the prefix 'Bf' is used throughout this website.
These details kindly supplied by Dave Wadman