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Messerschmitt Me410 Hornisse
One of just two surviving Me410s, this one is at the RAF Museum in Cosford. The other is currently in deep storage at the American National Air and Space Museum.
Note the bomb bay beneath the nose.
The Me410 was known as a Zerstörer (destroyer). Their role was as a light bomber or a bomber destroyer (see contemporary photo below).
The Me410 was the final version of the Me210 which had been dogged by design flaws.
Me210s were so notoriously dangerous, killing numerous test pilots and crews, that the final version had its name changed from 210 to 410 to avoid the bad association.
The delays in getting the design right played a significant part in Germany’s defeat in the air; so much time and money was spent on trying to fix the problems that by the time the Me410 became operational in 1943 it was already outdated and could not compete with the long range P51 Mustangs defending American bomber streams.
Below; image from wikipedia, caption reads
A Messerschmitt Me 410 with a BK 5 heavy autocannon peels off from attacking a 388th Bomb Group B-17 over Europe during the USAAF campaign against Germany, 1943
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Engine run after restoration in the 80s