Discussions on WW2 in Western Europe & the Atlantic.
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The Spitfires and Messerschmitts were evenly matched. The pilots could have traded equipment without changing the outcome.
On either side of the Channel, the defender had the important advantage of early warning radar and observation posts. German fighter pilots used better tactics in the 1940-1942 time period. This too, was a more significant source of misery for the RAF next to minor upgrades in machinery. Google Fighting Area Tactics, Big Wing and Finger-Four.
At least in a lanchesterian sense yes, this is indeed the case. The RAF saw a similar fate during raids in 1942. Germany already started to divert most of its resources to the campaign in the East at that time anyway, while a large share of the British war effort was devoted to the air campaign.