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BF 109E-4 "Hans Von Hahn"
I./JG3, Grandvillers, France
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.
September 16, 1939 Hans von Hahn was appointed Staffelkapitän of 8./JG 53. He scored six
victories during the French Campaign and added five more during the Battle of Britain.
On August 27, 1940, with eleven victories to his credit Hans von Hahn was appointed the
Gruppenkommandeur for I./JG 3. From the Western Front he moved to the Eastern Front in time
to take part on day one of the attack on Soviet Union. When WWII had ended von Hahn had
accumulated a total of 34 victories.
Single-seat day fighter
Crew – 1
Wingspan – 32 ft 4.5 in
Length – 28 ft 8 in
Height – 11 ft 2 in
Powerplant – 1 X Daimler-Benz DB 601Aa 12 cylinder inverted-vee liquid cooled, 1,150 h.p. @
2,400 rpm on take-off
Propeller – VDM electrically-operated controllable-pitch fully-feathering 3-blade metal screw
Fuel – 88 Imp. Gallons in fuselage behind pilot and under his seat.
Maximum – 375 mph @ 12,300 ft
Cruising – 298 mph @ 62.5% power
Stall – 75 mph landing with flaps extended
Range – 412 miles @ 62.5% power @ 16,000 ft
Initial Climb Rate – 3,100 ft/min
Service ceiling – 36,000 ft
Empty – 4,440 lbs
Gross Loaded – 5,520 lbs
2 X 7.9 mm MG 17 MG, 1,000 rpg mounted on engine crankcase firing through propeller
2 X 20 mm MG FF cannons, 60 rpg mounted in wings
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