Striking by Night
Messerschmitt Bf 109
The single-engine Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the most common German fighter aircraft of the Second World War. Introduced before the war, its performance and armament made it a dangerous adversary. Many were used as night-fighters against Allied bombers, particularly over target areas in free-ranging Wilde Sau (wild boar) operations. Their heavy cannon fire was lethal.
Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 Manufacturer Messerschmitt at Regensburg-Obertraubling Type Fighter Wingspan 9.92 metres Length 8.84 metres Engine Daimler-Benz DB 605A engines of 1,475 horsepower Armament One 20-millimetre or 30-millimetre cannon and two 13-millimetre machine-guns Crew One Colour scheme This is the last example in the world still displaying its original camouflage and markings: a 1944 day-fighter scheme, with variations resulting from service repairs and replacements.