"Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer in Action" by Jerry L. Campbell discusses the developmental history of Bf 110 fighter, from prototypes and Bf 110A pre-production version through the early mass-produced Bf 110C and D models to the later E, F, and G models. The author discusses the sub-variants of each of these models, and consistent with the Squadron/Signal Publications "In Action" series provides a wealth of photographs, two complete line drawings, and two pages of color prints.
The book's strong points are Campbell's coverage of this aircraft's combat operations, particularly during the early war period in its day-fighter role. Campbell quotes extensively from pilots who flew the Zerstorer during the Polish, Scandinavian, and French campaigns, and paints a vivid picture of their operational use until the fighter was downgrading as a front-line type following the disastrous Battle of Britain. The book also discusses the Bf 110's later career as a day fighter in other theatre's such as North African and on the Eastern Front, and in defense of the German homeland against the Allied bomber offensive.
The book's biggest drawback is its failure to cover in any way the night fighter versions of the Bf 110, either in their technical development or their operational history. Given that the Zerstorer was the most important early night fighter in the Luftwaffe inventory, this is a glaring omission. Finally the technical data provided by the book are limited--for example the performance data section lists maximum speed and range but not service ceiling or rate of climb, and information about weights are completely omitted.
Overall "Messerschmitt Bf 110 Zerstorer in Action" is a good book on the early technical development and operational career of this German fighter, but serious aviation enthusiasts will need to look elsewhere to find the information on its later service and development.
Book in very goodcondition with clean pages throughout and securely bound.Printed in 1977.