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BF 109E-4 "Adolf Galland"
W.Nr. 5819, JG 26 "Schlageter"
France, December 1940
The first German mass produced 109 fighter was the Bf-109E that has been mistakenly referred
to as the Me-109. The Bf is the designator for the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (BFW) (Bavarian
Aircraft Works) that produced the original aircraft. In 1938 Messerschmitt took over BFW but
throughout WWII German handbooks and documents referred to the aircraft as the Bf-109. By the
end of 1939 the Bf-109E (Emil) had replaced all other 109 variants and equipped 13 Gruppens
with 40 aircraft each. The Bf-109 was the main single-engine aircraft until the Fw-190 came along.
JG26 was officially called Jagdgeschwader Schlageter, named after German pilot Albert Leo
Schlageter who in 1923 attacked a train leaving Germany for France with coal the Germans
couldn’t have because of the Versailles Treaty. Allied flyers referred to JG26 as The Abbeville
Kids or The Abbeville Boys since they were stationed at Abbeville from December 1940 until
February 1941. In August 1940 Major Adolf Galland was given command of JG26 and by the end
of 1940 Galland’s Bf-109E wore 58 victory markings and a total of 104 by war’s end.
Single-seat day fighter
Crew – 1
Wingspan – 32 ft 4.5 in
Length – 28 ft 8 in
Height – 11 ft 2 in
Powerplant – 1 X Daimler-Benz DB 601Aa 12 cylinder inverted-vee liquid cooled, 1,150 h.p. @
2,400 rpm on take-off
Propeller – VDM electrically-operated controllable-pitch fully-feathering 3-blade metal screw
Fuel – 88 Imp. Gallons in fuselage behind pilot and under his seat.
Maximum – 375 mph @ 12,300 ft
Cruising – 298 mph @ 62.5% power
Stall – 75 mph landing with flaps extended
Range – 412 miles @ 62.5% power @ 16,000 ft
Initial Climb Rate – 3,100 ft/min
Service ceiling – 36,000 ft
Empty – 4,440 lbs
Gross Loaded – 5,520 lbs
2 X 7.9 mm MG 17 MG, 1,000 rpg mounted on engine crankcase firing through propeller
2 X 20 mm MG FF cannons, 60 rpg mounted in wings
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