Messerschmitt Bf 109

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Bf 109 of the Luftwaffe

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was a German World War II fighter aircraft from Messerschmitt and one of the first truly modern fighters of the era.

Variant

Bf 109 of the Legion Condor
Messerschmitt Bf 109 E
Variant[1] Number Years produced
Bf 109A 22 1937 - 1938
Bf 109B 341 1937 - 1938
Bf 109C 58 1938 spring - 1938 late
Bf 109D 647 1938 - 1939
Bf 109E-1 1,183 1938 late - 1940
Bf 109E-3 1,276 1939 - 1940
Bf 109E-4 561 1939 - 1940
Bf 109E-5 19 1939 - 1940
Bf 109E-7 438 1940 August - 1941
Bf 109F-1 208 1940 July - 1941 January
Bf 109F-2 1,384 1940 October - 1941 August
Bf 109F-3 15 1940 October - 1941 January
Bf 109F-4 1,841 1941 May - 1942 May
Bf 109F-5 1 1940 October
Bf 109G-1 167 1942 February - June
Bf 109G-2 1,587 1942 May - 1943 February
Bf 109G-3 50 1943 January
Bf 109G-4 1,246 1942 September - 1943 May
Bf 109G-5 475 1943 February - 1944 June
Bf 109G-6 ~5000+ 1943 February-1943 August - October
Bf 109G-6 ~2000+ 1943 June - July - 1944 January (with Erla Hood)
Bf 109G-6 ~5,000+ 1944 January - 1944 July (with Erla Hood, larger tail, and MW-50)
Bf 109G-6/AS 226 produced/460 converted 1944 April - 1944 August (with MW-50)
Bf 109G-8 906 1943 August-1945 February
Bf 109G-10 2,600+ 1944 September - 1945 March (many of the G-10s are converted from older G-6/14s; First entered service in 1944 Mid-October)
Bf 109G-10/AS 100[2] 1944 September - 1944 November (first entered service in 1944 Mid-October)
Bf 109G-12 500 planned/converted[3] 1944 January - 1944 July
Bf 109G-14 5,500+ 1944 July - 1945 February
Bf 109G-14/AS ~1,373+ 1944 July - 1945 March
Bf 109K-4 1,700+ 1944 August - 1945 March (first entered service in 1944 Early-October)
Bf 109K-6 1 prototype 1944 Autumn
Totals 37,312 with conversions -

See also

Literature

  • John Weal: Bf 109D/E Aces 1939-41, Osprey Publishing 2012 (on Google-Books)

References

  1. Messerschmitt Bf 109 F,G, & K Series by Jochen Prien, Peter Rodeike
  2. It's not clear, these planes are were G-6/AS with DB-605 ASM engine or genuine G-10s with DB-605 DB. Officially there was no G-10/AS produced in the factories. Source: Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-1 to K-4 Guide to Engines and Fittings by J. Mermet 1999, pp. 43-47
  3. The exact number of Bf 109G-12s built is unknown as war-weary G-2, G-4, and G-6 airframes were converted or rebuilt to produce this variant.