Me 410 A-1
|This page is about the German strike aircraft Me 410 A-1. For other versions, see Me 410 (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The Me 410 was an evolution of the pre-war design of the Me 210. The planes looked quite similar but the Me 410 housed the much more powerful DB 603 engines which greatly improved the aircraft's performance. The Me 410 A-1 had its beginnings relatively late into the war. Production started in 1944 and the A-1 was intended to be a high-speed bomber. This was the result of the pre-war ideas that twin-engine aircraft could be both a fighter and a bomber. Needless to say, the Me 410 A-1 did not excel in its role as a bomber. It could only carry two 500 kg bombs and that was on the limit. The two 500 kg bombs barely fit and one of the bomb bay doors had to be left slightly open which increased drag.
The Me 410 A-1 has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27. It's the first Me 410 in the tech tree to be able to carry bombs although not many. Bomb loadouts consist of two 500 kg bombs, two 250 kg bombs, or eight 50 kg bombs; a fairly weak bomb load when it comes to bombing bases. However, the Me 410 A-1 does come armed with two MG 151 cannons as well as two 7.92 mm machine guns which can be handy for attacking soft ground targets. Much like many of the Me 410s in-game, the A-1 also comes equipped with two 13 mm machine gun turrets mounted on the sides of the fuselage. Overall, the Me 410 A-1 is a decent ground attacker but is vulnerable to enemy aircraft.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,700 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 390||< 410||< 460||> 311|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|5,300 m||1,510 hp||1,665 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 8 mm steel - front of cockpit (either side of the glass)
- 5 mm steel - wings leading edge (in front of fuel tanks)
- 8 mm steel - prop hub and gear bay
- 9 mm steel - top and bottoms of wings (around the liquid cooling system)
- 8 mm steel - plates in the tail
- 8 mm steel - bulkhead aft of gunner
- 8 mm steel - between gunner and pilot
- 12 mm steel - pilot's headrest
- 60 mm bulletproof glass - in front of the pilot (inside aircraft)
Modifications and economy
The Me 410 A-1 is armed with:
- 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons, nose-mounted (350 rpg = 700 total)
- 2 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns, nose-mounted (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
The Me 410 A-1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 8 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (400 kg total)
- 2 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (500 kg total)
- 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs (1,000 kg total)
The Me 410 A-1 is defended by:
- 2 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, 2 x beam turrets (500 rpg)
Usage in battles
The Me 410 A-1 is the first variant unlocked of the Me 410 line-up of planes, succeeding the Do 217 fighter variants. Compared to Do 217, the Me 410 boasts significantly better flight performance in virtually all aspects and performs much more like an improved Bf 110 C-7. However, in the large spectrum of things, this doesn't really say a lot as the Me 410 gets pitted against even faster, more nimble and better armed single-engine fighters than its predecessors. Perhaps even more grievous of a pitfall, its armament of 2 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine guns and 2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannons hardly outgun conventional fighters. A small but nonetheless noticeable plus is that defensive armament has very good coverage of the entire rear of the aircraft besides the immediate area behind the tail boom.
The Me 410 A-1, like the Do 217 and the Bf 110 C-7, is completely committed to boom and zoom tactics, and just like the predecessors, is useless at absolutely everything else. Trying to retain energy and knowing where your friends and enemies are is key to surviving in the aircraft. This also means, just like with the previous heavy fighters, that you should never commit to following a certain enemy. If an enemy is starting to turn off to the point where you need to use elevators to assist you in a turn, you will be burning far too much energy and make yourself easy prey for more nimble fighters.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
Auto control available
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|Combined|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- Nose-mounted armament gives a very dense cone of fire
- Good traverse arcs for the 13 mm machine guns
- Reasonably fast for a twin-engine fighter
- Has air brake
- Larger ammo capacity than conventional fighters
- Significantly more manoeuvrable than the Do 217 fighters
- Capable of mounting a decent amount of bombs (for a fighter) by default in the internal bomb bay
- Large target for enemy aircraft
- Subpar manoeuvrability; even a few bombers can out-turn it
- Pilot can be vulnerable in a head-on attack
- Defensive armament cannot shoot directly behind the aircraft, leaving a very critical blindspot in the coverage
- Slow, a sitting duck if caught in a low energy state
- Compresses easily at high speeds
- Wings rip easily at high speeds in RB/SB
The Me 410 was developed from the Me 210. The Me 210 had many aerodynamic flaws which were exploited by the more nimble Hawker Typhoons. The Me 410 was a redesign of the Me 210 which included a lengthened fuselage, more powerful Daimler-Benz DB603A engines, and larger wing surface area. Most importantly, the installation of automatic slats greatly improved handling characteristics. Early versions of the Me 410 were designed as fast night and day bombers but quickly fell prey to better British night fighters. In the role of a heavy fighter, the Me 410 was used to attack US day-bomber combat box formations, equipped with 50 mm BK cannons or 210 mm Werfer-Granate rocket tubes. These modifications made the Me 410 rather clumsy and unmanoeuvrable. This made them easy targets to the bomber's escorts, fast and agile Spitfires or P-51 Mustangs. The Me 410 often worked in co-operation with Bf 110s. In the closing stages of World War II, many Me 410s were used as homeland defence or tactical reconnaissance.
The pressing need to replace the obsolete Bf 110 and the unsuccessful Me.210 in the Luftwaffe's squadrons became reason for Messerschmitt AG to create a new twin-engine heavy fighter. It was decided that this aircraft be based on the Me.210 so that its production could use available manufacturing equipment and components and accessories which were in stock. In addition, this approach made it easier for the flight crews to master the new aircraft. Although it would have been more logical to keep the previous designation and only add a variant letter, the Me.210 had such a bad reputation that it was decided to replace its designation with a new one, "Me.410".
The Me.410V-1 prototype was redesigned from the Me.210A-0. Testing began in the autumn of 1942, and full-scale production of the Me.410A was launched in January 1943.
The length of the Me.410's fuselage was changed, and significant changes were introduced to the wing structure; in particular, the leading-edge sweep was reduced by 5 degrees. Leading edge slats were mounted, the aerodynamics of the radiators were slightly improved, and the shape of the wing flaps was changed. The most unique characteristic of the Me.410 was new high-powered 1,750 hp Daimler-Benz DB 603A twelve-cylinder, liquid-cooled engines with VDM three-bladed, controllable-pitch propellers.
When compared to the Me.210, the Me.410's controllability was much improved, as the aircraft no longer tended to suddenly go into a spin. The flight characteristics were significantly higher than those of the Bf 110.
Two aircraft variants in the series were built simultaneously: a high-speed Me.410A-1 bomber and a Me.410A-2 "destroyer" (Zerstörer). Both variants had the same armament, similar to that of the Me.210A-1.
One 1,000 kg PC 1000, SD 1000, or SC 1000 bomb, two 500 kg bombs, or eight 50 kg bombs could be suspended in the bomb bay. The plane's standard bomb load was determined to be 500 kg. The Me.410A-1 was equipped with a special Stuvi 5B sight for dive bombing and tandem pairs of ETC bomb racks under the wing roots with four 50 kg bombs, two under each panel. Two 250 kg bombs could be suspended under the wings with the help of special Aussen ETC shackles.
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|Bf 109 F-1 · Bf 109 F-2 · Bf 109 F-4 · Bf 109 F-4/trop · Bf 109 G-2/trop · Bf 109 G-6 · Bf 109 K-4 · Bf 109 G-10 · Bf 109 G-14 · Bf 109 Z-1|
|Bf 110||Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2 · Bf 110 G-4|
|Me 410||Me 410 A-1 · Me 410 A-1/U2 · Me 410 A-1/U4 · Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-1/U2 · Me 410 B-2/U4 · Me 410 B-6/R3|
|Jet Fighters||Me 163 B · Me 163 B-0 · Me 262 A-1a · Me 262 A-1a/Jabo · Me 262 A-1a/U1 · Me 262 A-1/U4 · Me 262 A-2a · Me 262 C-1a · Me 262 C-2b|
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|* BFW was later renamed Messerschmitt Aktiengesellschaft (AG) on 11 July 1938. All aircraft currently in production at this time retained the designation Bf while those developed after this date had the designation Me.|
|Germany strike aircraft|
|Bf 110||Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2 · Bf 110 G-4|
|Me 410||Me 410 A-1 · Me 410 A-1/U4 · Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-2/U4 · Me 410 B-6/R3|
|Do 335||Do 335 A-0 · Do 335 A-1 · Do 335 B-2|
|Fw 190||Fw 190 F-8|
|He 219||He 219 A-7|
|Hs 129||Hs 129 B-2 · Hs 129 B-2 (Romania) · Hs 129 B-3|
|Ju 87||Ju 87 G-1 · Ju 87 G-2|