Managed to more or less break even in my trusty 110 this month (ie same number of kills as number of times shot down) by sticking to my game plan as discussed above. Satisfying even though the total number of kills wasnt all that high as almost all sorties involved contact with enemy/shooting my guns at something and about a third of my landings were on one engine after taking damage from enemy fighters.
Interesting observation re my AI gunner - he got 3 kills that i saw first hand and possibly got good hits on another 2 - 5. But i couldnt figure out any pattern to his performance - some sorties he was quite accurate from his first burst but on others he couldnt hit Spits sitting 50m behind me on my six. Not sure why this is and would be nice to figure out the conditions in which he does well and then be able to replicate them. Anyone got any ideas?
Anyway, just waving the flag for the 110 in case there are people considering flying it but are put off by its undeserved death trap reputation. Usual caveat though - its not for everyone but if you are patient, like stalking/shooting down better performing prey and dont mind running away when things dont quite work out then maybe give it a go and see how you find it?
I'm more than happy to answer questions if anyone has any re flying the 110 and am always on the look out for new ideas re flying the 110 successfully if anyone has any to share.