Germany's light and nimble Me-109 (or Bf-109, according to some modern sources) was the archetypal Nazi fighter plane. Interestingly, the Me-109 never had a nickname or model name, with the exception of the practice of referring to the various revision levels Emil for E revision, Frank for F, Gustav for G and Kurfürst for K.
Since it was an Axis plane, the Me-109 did not get the same level of exposure as Allied planes, but it was not ignored.
- "An Analysis of Captured Nazi Warplanes" [ HTML ] gives descriptions of Me-109, Me-110, Ju-88 and He-111 planes captured in England.
- The RAF vs the Axis" [ HTML ] is a six-page pictorial article featuring action and detail photos of British, German and Italian planes, including:
- In "The Messerschmitt Me 109 Radio"[ HTML ] Bill Lear, who was later to be famous for other things, gives a fairly detailed description of the radio set in the Me-109.
- "Messerschmitt Menace" [ HTML ] describes the Me-109F and some of the changes from the Me-109E revision level.
- "German Aircraft Radio" [ HTML ], also by Bill Lear, describes the radio equipment of the Me-109 later in the war, after design, and apparently design philosophy, changes.
- "Messerschmitt Fighter Design" [ HTML ] outlines the history of the Me-109. It mentions that the original Bf-109 designation was changed between introduction of the type and the beginning of military usage.
- A news clip [ HTML ] is an early description of a Mistel weapon consisting of an Me-109 and a Ju-88.
- Air Tech's short-form design analysis [ HTML ] does not go into the depth of detail that other design analysis articles do, but it covers the high points, focusing on the G-series planes that were the primary opponent in 1944, when the article was done.
- "Aviation's Sketchbook of Design Detail"
- The cutaway drawing from "Messerschmitt Menace"
- A photo of the nose and spinner of an Me-109E, featuring the cannon.
- "An Analysis of Captured Nazi Warplanes" [ HTML ] includes two photos:
- shot-down Me-109E seen from close-up 1 o'clock position. Tailplane struts indicate this was an Emil (Me-109E.)
- hulk fuselage showing fuel octane rating marker on left side, below cockpit.
- A photo of a Me-109F crash-landed in England.
- The "Have You Seen?" section for March, 1942, shows an Me-109 in desert camouflage flying over Libyan desert, seen from 3 o'clock high.
- "War in the Air" [ HTML ] includes a photo of a snowbound Me-109F on the Russian front.
- Air Tech's design analysis [ HTML ] includes 4 photos:
- [Photo of Me-109G with gear down, seen from 12 o'clock low.] [ photo ]
- This Me-109G6, shown here in takeoffm gas underslung wing cannon and auxiliary belly tank. [ photo ]
- Me-109F2 was shot down by a Spitfire in Tunisia. Not absence of radio mast. [ photo ]
- This Me-109G was captured in England. RAF technicians are examining the valuable prize for any new Nazi ideas for improving performance of the ship. Wing cannons are absent on this aircraft and may have already been dismantled by RAF. Note hollow propeller hub for installation of the rapid-fire Mauser Type I 20-mm nose cannon. This type hits 395 mph. [ photo ]
- "Enemy Warplanes" [ HTML ] includes a photo of a captured Me-109G with RAF markings, on the ground, seen from 3 o'clock. This must be a late-version Me-109G; the photo does not show the bulges on the cowling.