De Havilland Hornet F.3 vs. Dornier Do.335A-1 Pfeil

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Defence of the Realm

Battle of the Super Twins

Do355 De Havilland Hornet

Twin engine fighter designs met with mixed success during the Second World War. Some, like the P-38 Lightning or Bristol Beaufighter met with considerable success. Others however such as the Messerschmitt Bf110 or Westland Whirlwind didn’t enjoy as much at least in the daylight role. The concept was not lost entirely on aircraft manufacturers however who realized that in order to be successful against single engine types a twin engine fighter needed to be as light as possible or fitted with two powerful enough engines to compensate for the extra weight. The advantages to twin engine fighters was enough to spur this development. Twin engine fighters could carry more fuel making them excellent escort aircraft for bombers. They could also carry heavier armament and have radar installed for a night fighter capability.

Towards the end of the war the single engine types such as the…

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