Messerschmitt Bf 110C Zerstörer LG1.14 (L1+EK) BF-110 L1+EK during a break in combat training in 1940 . A card game in progress featuring, from left to right, Fw. Schob, Fw. Kobert, Ofw. Stegemann and Fw. Hoffmann, all from 13.Staffel, Lehrgeschwader 1. L1+EK of 14.Staffel forms a backdrop to the game. Schob survived the war; Kobert was shot down into captivity on I September 1940; Stegemann was killed when his Bf 110 Crashed on take-off on 21 May 1940 and Hoffmann was killed in action on 15 September 1940 flying as Bordfunker to Staffelkapitän Hptm. Helmut Müller, The Messerschmitt Bf 110, often (erroneously) called Me 110, was a twin-engine heavy fighter (Zerstörer - German for 'Destroyer' in the service of the Luftwaffe during World War II. Hermann Göring was a proponent of the Bf 110, and nicknamed it his Eisenseiten 'Ironsides'. Development work on an improved type, the Me 210 that was to replace the Bf 110, begun before the war started, but due to teething troubles, resulted in Bf 110 soldiering on until the end of the war in various roles, alongside its replacements, the Me 210 and the Me 410.

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