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    Gents,

    Sorry, not been around for a while but now putting a web site together and would appreciate your assistance.

    In 1936 the Blenheim was considered to be the best performing aircraft but by the time the war broke out it was totally outclassed by the German equivalent and fighter aircraft, in terms of speed, armament and bomb load.

    The Blenheim's speed was cruising 198 MPH, maximum 266 MPH. What was the equivalent for the Messerschmidt Bf 109 and 110 on the outbreak of war or in 1941?

    Similarly, the bomb load of the Blenheim internally was 1,000 lbs LB plus up to 320 lbs externally, which was hardly ever used. What was the German equivalent?

    Look forward to hearing from you.

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    Nick Fenton

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    Hello Nick,

    Early war Bf109E-1 (Bf109E-3) performance 289 mph ( 293 mph ) at sea level, 342 mph (348 mph) at 13,120 feet (14,560 feet), 334 mph (336 mph) at 19,685 feet.

    Bf109F-2 of 1941 performance 321 mph at sea level, 358 mph at 9,840 feet, 373 at 19,685 feet.

    Early war Bf110C-1 performance 295 mph at sea level, 326 mph at 13,120 feet, 336 mph at 19,685 feet.

    Do17Z-2 2205 lbs bomb load.
    He111P-4 2204 lbs internally + 2204 lbs externally.
    Ju88A-4 1110 lbs internally + 2210 lbs externally or 4420 lbs externally.

    Data from William Green's Warplanes of the Third Reich.

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    Ian

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    Ian,

    Thank you very much for this information. I did not think it was that bad.

    Which ever way you look at it, a lot slower than the fighters and woefully short on effective bombing capability.

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    Nick
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    Can l ask one more favour? Does anyone have a picture showing a 0.303 bullet compared to the 20mm equivalent?

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    Nick

    About the best I can summon tonight is a google search, I do have a photo of a .303 & Hispano 20mm (but that was a different size to the German rounds in terms of length) but the image on the link is much better, http://www.quarry.nildram.co.uk/BoB.htm
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    Alan,

    Thanks for that, l missed that one in my searches.

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    Nick
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    Alan,

    Thanks for that, l missed that one in my searches.

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    Nick
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