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

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.


Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Anzac Hall REL/16285