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BF 109G-6 "Erich Hartmann" 4./JG 52 Hungary, 1944
General Background
The first German mass produced 109 fighter was the Bf-109E that has been mistakenly referred to as the Me-109. The Bf is the designator for the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (BFW) (Bavarian Aircraft Works) that produced the original aircraft. In 1938 Messerschmitt took over BFW but throughout WWII German handbooks and documents referred to the aircraft as the Bf-109. By the end of 1939 the Bf-109E (Emil) had replaced all other 109 variants and equipped 13 Gruppens with 40 aircraft each. The Bf-109 was the main single-engine aircraft until the Fw-190 came along.
The Aircraft
On January 30, 1944 Erich Hartmann claimed six enemy aircraft; his 178th – 183rd victories and on February 1, 1944 Erich Hartmann claimed another five victories; his 186th – 190th. On February 26, 1944 10 Airacobras fell victim to Hartmann. On October 1, 1944 he was appointed Staffelkapitän of 4./JG 52 (or 7./JG 52) based in Hungary and by year’s end Hartmann had a total of 331 victories. At the end of WWII Hartmann’s total victory tally stood at 352 after having flown 825 missions.
Specifications :
Production timeline: February 1943 – October 1943
Number produced : 5,000+
Dimensions: Wingspan – 9.92m (32ft 6.5in)
  Length – 9.04m (29ft (8in)
  Height – 2.5m (8ft 2.25in)
Weight: Empty - 2,700kg (5,900lb)
  Gross Loaded – 3,400kg (7,500lb)
Performance: Powerplant – Daimler-Benz DB605A-1, 12 cylinder inverted vee, liquid cooled, 1,475hp
Maximum Speed – 640km/h (398mph)
  Range – 850km (528miles)
  Service ceiling – 12,000m (39,370ft)
Armament: 2 X 13mm (.51in) synchronized MG 131 machine guns with 300 rounds each
  1 X 20mm (.78in) MG 151/20 cannon as centerline Motorkanone firing through propeller hub with 200 rounds
  1 X 30mm (1.18in) MK 108 cannon as centerline Motorkanone with 65 round per gun (G-6/U4 variant)
  2 X 20mm MG 151/20 under-wing cannon pods with 135 round per gun (Rustsatz V option)
  Rockets - 2 X 21 cm (8 in) Wfr. Gr. 21 rockets (G-6 with BR21)
  1 X 250 kg (551 lb) bomb
  4 X 50 kg (110 lb) bombs
  1 X 300 litre (79 US gal) drop tank