Hobby Master 1-48 Air Power
HA8720 BF 109E-7B
III./SKG 210, Russia 1941
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.
Bf-109E-7 fighter-bombers were equipped with bomb racks and were capable of carry up to 500 kg. III./SKG 210 or Wespen-Geschwader (Wasp Squadron) was a ground attack unit and instead of the usual Bf-110 the unit was equipped with Bf-109E-7Bs. III./SKG 210 was soon re-designated III./ZG 1 and took part in the battles in the Balkans, North Africa and on the Eastern Front in 1941 – 1942. Bf-109E-7/B WNr 6027 “S9 CD” of Stab. III./ZG 1 was damaged when the landing gear collapsed in May 1942.
Bf 109E-7: Variant of the E-4/N with reinforced points under the fuselage revised to carry one 250 kg bomb or one 300 litre fuel tank. It had the same armament of the E-4.
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