Welcome to the next in the Eagles series, a new one, never seen before..
Using Bazzes (erm....I think lol) excellent Me109E, (looks like it, damn should have kept notes...note to self! MAKE NOTES IN FUTURE!!!!
Neil? If this is your 190, sorry, let me know and I'll change it...
Anyway, some history and stuff for you all..
The first Bf 109As saw service in the Spanish Civil War. By September 1939, the Bf 109 had become the main fighter of the Luftwaffe, replacing the biplane fighters, and was instrumental in gaining air superiority for the Wehrmacht during the Blitzkrieg. During the Battle of Britain, it was pressed into the role of escort fighter, a role for which it was not originally designed, and it was widely employed as a fighter-bomber as well as a photo-reconnaissance platform. Despite mixed results over Britain, with the introduction of the improved Bf 109F in the spring of 1941, the type again proved to be an effective fighter during the Invasion of Yugoslavia, the Battle of Crete, Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the USSR and the Siege of Malta..
In 1942, it began to be partially replaced in Western Europe by a new German fighter, the Focke Wulf Fw 190, but it continued to serve in a multitude of roles on the Eastern Front and in the Defense of the Reich, as well as in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations and with Erwin Rommel's Afrikakorps. It was also supplied to several of Germany's allies, including Finland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovakia..
More aerial kills were made with the Bf 109 than any other aircraft of World War II. One hundred and five Bf 109 pilots were each credited with the destruction of 100 or more enemy aircraft. Thirteen of these men scored more than 200 kills, while two scored more than 300. Altogether, this group of pilots were credited with a total of nearly 15,000 kills. Though there was no official 'ace' status in the Luftwaffe (unofficially, the term Experte (expert) was used for an experienced pilot irrespective of his number of kills), using the Allied definition of pilots who scored five or more kills, there were more than 2,500 Luftwaffe fighter aces in World War II. Against the Soviets, Finnish-flown Bf 109Gs claimed a victory ratio of 25:1..
Bf 109s remained in foreign service for many years after World War II. The Swiss used their Bf 109Gs well into the 1950s. The Finnish Air Force did not retire their Bf 109Gs until March 1954. Romania used its Bf 109s until 1955..
Hope you like, the background is mine...
Jan 17, 2013 1:24:10 pmby BardCoennius Homepage »
Great angle and composite with the background. Assuming they're going on the offense (based on what little I know of Luftwaffe tactics)?
BTW, I'm not certain that Finland was actually a German "ally" - they just had their issues with the USSR (and of course, as the old saying goes, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"...)
Jan 17, 2013 5:48:21 pmby goodoleboy Homepage »
Terrific detail depicted in this stunning image of the Me109s contrasted against that beautiful partly clouded sky, mate. I didn't know the aeroplane had such a high kill rate. Probably scored several of them against obsolete fighters of weaker nations, such as Poland.