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Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10 - D-FDME
 

Messerschmitt D-FDME of the Messerschmitt Stiftung is as close to get to an airworthy Bf-109G-10 in Europe. It's constructed with parts from original Bf-109G-10 with c/n 151591 and wings from a Spanish built "Gustav" HA-1112-M1L.

The need for a successor of the Messerschmitt Bf-109F or "Friedrich" was needed in the summer of 1941, the Me-209 which had been envisaged was finally not produced, so the Messerschmitt engineers were given the order to modernize the "Friedrich".

This resulted in the Bf-109G or "Gustav", built around the new Daimler-Benz DB605 engine. This was more powerful than its predecessors but it was also heavier which meant that reinforcement of the airframe was needed. This resulted also in the increase of the total mass, but with only speed considered, the loss of maneuverability and the gain of weight was taken for as it was.

The Gustav was not particularly better than its predecessors but it was the version which was produced most. More than 10.000 models in a whole host of different versions and variants came off the assembly lines practically until the end of the conflict. All German fighter units had used the Gustav by the end of the War.

To get more structure in all the modifications, the G-10 version should incorporate all previous updates to make a standard in the chaos of various versions and subversions. When it came into service, the G-10 was the fastest of the all the 109's but it was not able to change the course of the war. Its role was made all the more difficult by the arrival of the P-51 Mustang and the later versions of the Spitfire used to escort the large bomber formations, the Bf-109's favorite targets, deep into the heart of the Reich which made the pilot's job all the more dangerous.

The Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10 is flying in the authentic colours of the 1st Staffel, Nachtjagergeschwader 11 with code "Schwarze Zwei'' ("Black Two"). This was originally the Bf-109 with c/n 151591, of the Ace pilot Friedrich-Karl "Nasen" Müller.

Müller was credited with 30 night victories in 52 missions. All his victories were recorded flying "Wilde Sau" missions. "Wilde Sau" or "Wild Boar" as opposed to the "Zahme Sau" or "Tame Boar" method where the interceptors were guided by ground control. Müller survived the war, he died in 1987 at the age of 74.

 

Messerschmitt Bf-109G-10
D-FDME - 151591/2-~

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