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Messerschmitt Bf 109: books - history and technology

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Die 109 - Die Entwicklung eines legendären Flugzeugs

Die Messerschmitt Bf 109 in ihren verschiedenen Baureihen gehört zu den meistgebauten Flugzeugen der Welt. Dies ist ihre Geschichte: Keine trockene Aufzählung der verschiedenen Versionen der "109"; vielmehr soll hier die Wechselwirkung zwischen der Entwicklung eines Flugzeuges und seines Einsatzes im Luftkrieg, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Jagdwaffe, aufgezeigt werden.
Das Buch behandelt diesen legendären Flugzeugtyp von der ersten Versuchsmaschine bis zu den letzten, 1958 noch fliegenden, spanischen Nachbauten. Mit diesem Buch liegt eine authentische Dokumentation über die Bf 109 vor.

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Author:Heinz J. Nowarra
Specs:312 pages, 24 x 21 cm / 9 x 8.25 in, hardback
Illustrations:443 photographs and 39 drawings
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2008)
Book: Die 109 - Die Entwicklung eines legendären Flugzeugs

Die 109 - Die Entwicklung eines legendären Flugzeugs

Language: German

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Me 109 - Produktion und Einsatz

Bis heute legendär gilt sie als DAS Jagdflugzeug der Deutschen Luftwaffe im Zweiten Weltkrieg. Das Buch vermittelt einen Überblick zu Produktion und Einsatz der Me 109. Bei Beginn des Zweiten Weltkrieges war die Me 109 der Standardjäger der Luftwaffe und sorgte mit ihren überlegenen Flugleistungen für die Luftherrschaft an allen Fronten.
Mit Fortdauer des Krieges stieg der Verschleiß an Flugzeugen ständig an. Damit die Verluste ausgeglichen werden konnten, entschloss sich das Reichsluftfahrtministerium für eine Großserienproduktion der Me 109 bei den Erla-Maschinenwerken in Leipzig, den Wiener Neustädter Flugzeugwerken und der Messerschmitt GmbH Regensburg.

Die größten Einschnitte in der Produktion ergaben sich aus den vernichtenden Luftangriffen der USAAF auf diese drei Flugzeugwerke 1943/44. Im weiteren Verlauf des Krieges wurden Fremd- und Zwangsarbeiter sowie Kriegsgefangene in der Produktion eingesetzt. Ingenieure berichten unter "Streng geheim" über Sabotage und den damit verbundenen Problemen.
Ein dunkles Kapitel ist die Produktion durch KZ-Häftlinge. Exemplarisch wird die Produktion der Me 109 im KZ-Flossenbürg betrachtet. Über 3000 KZ-Häftlinge arbeiteten dort in der Rüstungsproduktion.

Im zweiten Kapitel "Einsatz der Me 109" kommen ehemalige Flugzeugführer aus dem Zweiten Weltkrieg zu Wort, die das große Sterben der Luftwaffe überlebt haben. Sie gehörten damals zu einer jungen Elite und hatten enorme blutige Verluste. Angesichts der materiellen Überlegenheit der Alliierten an allen Fronten war jeder Einsatz für sie ein Rendezvous mit dem Tode.
Ca. 300 Seiten mit 250 seltenen und zum Teil bisher unveröffentlichten Berichten, Fotos und Dokumenten vermitteln dem Leser einen intensiven Eindruck über das damalige Zeitgeschehen.

Author:Peter Schmoll
Specs:312 pages, 28.5 x 22 x 2.7 cm / 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.06 in, hardback
Illustrations:250+ photographs
Publisher:MZ-Buchverlag (D, 2017)
Book: Me 109 - Produktion und Einsatz

Me 109 - Produktion und Einsatz

Language: German

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 - Vom Prototyp bis zur Bf 109 K

Tiefdecker, Jagdbomber, Nachtjäger und Aufklärer - die vielseitig einsetzbare Messerschmitt Bf 109 schrieb Geschichte. Ein spannendes Porträt!

Author:Dietmar Hermann, Herbert Ringlstetter
Specs:224 pages, 27.5 x 22.5 cm / 10.8 x 8.9 in, hardback
Illustrations:250 photographs
Publisher:GeraMond Verlag (D, 2017)
Book: Messerschmitt Bf 109 - Vom Prototyp bis zur Bf 109 K

Messerschmitt Bf 109 - Vom Prototyp bis zur Bf 109 K

Language: German

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Messerschmitt BF 109 - The Design and Operational History

More than 33,000 Messerchmitt Bf 109s were built between 1935 and 1945, making it the second-most produced warplane of all time. Its baptism of fire was in Spain during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. The Bf 109 was the mainstay of Luftwaffe fighter squadrons, and the favoured choice of most of the Luftwaffe's fighter aces.

Luftwaffe Bf 109 pilots accounted for thousands of Allied aircraft, with individual scores for some pilots reached hundreds of downed aircraft. It saw service in Poland, the invasion of France and, of course, during the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Although gradually becoming obsolete, the Bf 109 remained in large-scale production until the end of the war, and was supplied to more than ten countries, including Finland, Hungary, and Romania.

After the war, development and production continued in Czechoslovakia and Spain as the Avia S-199 and Hispano Ha-1112 respectively, the latter powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.
Incredibly, the state of Israel operated Czech-built Avia S-199s during its War of Independence in 1948-49. Today, the Bf 109 is considered one of the greatest fighters ever produced.

  • This book covers development, production and service of the Bf 109 with the Luftwaffe
  • Includes details of the Bf 109 in service with every arm that operated the fighter, including post-war operations
  • With technical descriptions, every production variant is described
  • Includes details on prototypes, unbuilt projects and survivors, static and airworthy
  • Rare and unrecorded opinions of Allied pilots on the pros and cons of the Bf 109
  • Handsomely illustrated with high-quality photographs spanning over 80 years
Author:Jan Forsgren
Specs:272 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.2 cm / 9.25 x 6.1 x 0.87 in, hardback
Illustrations:121 b&w photographs
Publisher:Fonthill Media (GB, 2017)
Book: Messerschmitt BF 109 - The Design and Operational History

Messerschmitt BF 109 - The Design and Operational History

Language: English

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Messerschmitt 109 - An Illustrated Guide

A fascinating history of the Messerschmitt 109, from its maiden flight in 1935 through to the redesigned versions that flew during the final months of World War II. It includes complete technical specifications detailing the Messerschmitt 109's armament, power plant, dimensions, weight and performance.

It features over 75 photographs of the Messerschmitt 109 in action, as well as a cutaway diagram showing the interior construction of this classic fighter aircraft.

Author:Dr. Alfred Price
Specs:64 pages, 22 x 17 cm / 8.7 x 6.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:over 75 photographs
Publisher:Anness Publishing (GB, 2014)
Book: Messerschmitt 109 - An Illustrated Guide

Messerschmitt 109 - An Illustrated Guide

Language: English

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Messerschmitt BF 109E Betriebs- und Rüstanleitung

Designed by famed engineer Willy Messerschmitt, the BF 109 scored more kills than any other aircraft in WWII. It flew as a fighter, bomber escort, interceptor, ground attack platform, and recon aircraft. An astonishing 31,000 Bf-109s were built during the war and after, when Spain and Czechoslovakia built variants.

This maintenance and erection manual dates from the pre-war period, 1939. Intended as an aide to ground crews, it presents a rare glimpse into the construction of one of history's great aircraft.
This affordable reproduction was made from an original German manual. It has been slightly reformatted, but care has been taken however to preserve the integrity of the text.

Please note: all of the text in this book is in German.

Author:Messerschmitt AG
Specs:126 pages, 23 x 15 cm / 9.1 x 5.9 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2016)
Book: Messerschmitt BF 109E Betriebs- und Rüstanleitung

Messerschmitt BF 109E Betriebs- und Rüstanleitung

Language: German

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 A-E - Development / Testing / Production

Created by aviation pioneer Willy Messerschmitt, the Bf 109 was an innovative, ground-breaking design. In the face of stiff competition from other German aircraft manufacturers, this powerful, maneuverable and light aircraft was selected as the Luftwaffe's standard fighter, and it went on to see action in every theater of operations in the Second World War.
With more than 33,000 examples built, the Bf 109 is the most-produced fighter aircraft of all time. In 1937 the Bf 109 demonstrated its great performance potential by achieving several impressive victories at the Zurich Air Meet and setting the world speed record of 611 kph.

This book describes factually and accurately the development, testing and technology of the Bf 109 as well as the production variants Bf 109A to Bf 109E.

Author:Willy Radinger, Walter Schick
Specs:136 pages, 28.5 x 22.5 x 1.8 cm / 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.71 in, hardback
Illustrations:150+ b&w and colour photographs, drawings
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 1999)
Book: Messerschmitt Bf 109 A-E - Development / Testing / Production

Messerschmitt Bf 109 A-E - Development / Testing / Production

Language: English

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Messerschmitt BF 109 - A-D Series (Osprey)

From the nascent days of the Spanish Civil War to the desperate, final defence of the stricken Reich, the Messerchmitt Bf 109 was the Luftwaffe's signature fighter. From the very beginning of its combat career it came to symbolize what could be achieved with a modern monoplane fighter aircraft, instilling fear and respect into Allied pilots wherever it was encountered. 35,000 of the ubiquitous Messerschmitts were eventually built, making it the most-produced fighter in history.
This is the first Air Vanguard volume to cover the Bf 109, detailing models A-D. Featuring stunning aerial photos the title explores in depth the technical characteristics and combat performance of the early Bf 109s, including their combat debut in the Spanish Civil War, their employment in the invasion of Poland and showing how the type became one of the most famous names in aviation history.

Contents: Introduction - Design and Development - Technical Specifications and Variants - Operational History - Conclusion - Bibliography and Further Reading.

Author:Robert Jackson
Specs:64 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.7 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2015)
Series:Air Vanguard (18)
Book: Messerschmitt BF 109 - A-D Series (Osprey)

Messerschmitt BF 109 - A-D Series

Language: English

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-F Series (Osprey)

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was one of the truly world class piston-engined fighters of World War II. This reputation rests largely with the E and F variants, which bore the brunt of the Luftwaffe's most important operations in World War II and shot down tens of thousands of Allied aircraft in the Battle of Britain, the Blitzkriegs across Europe and on the Eastern Front.

This volume looks at the design and development history of these formidable warplanes, with a meticulous technical focus to reveal why the types were so effective. It explores the long process of tweaks to the E variant, and solutions to the many initial technical problems with the F, and how this development helped Willy Messerschmitt's promising Bf 109 design mature and fulfil its potential.

Contents: Introduction - Design and Development - Technical Specifications and Variants - Operational History - Conclusion - Bibliography and Further Reading.

Author:Robert Jackson
Specs:64 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.7 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2015)
Series:Air Vanguard (23)
Book: Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-F Series (Osprey)

Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-F Series

Language: English

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 F, G, & K Series - An Illustrated Study

Noted Luftwaffe historians Jochen Prien and Peter Rodeike present in this book the Messerschmitt Bf 109 F, G and K models. Over 500 photos - most never published and some in rare color - superb line schemes, and detailed text show the late model "109s" development into the superb fighter of legend.
Among the details presented are units which used the F, G and K, production numbers, prototypes, unusual markings and camouflage.

Author:Jochen Prien, Peter Rodeike
Specs:208 pages, 28.5 x 22.5 x 2.2 cm / 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.87 in, hardback
Illustrations:490 b&w and colour photographs, 50 drawings
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
Book: Messerschmitt Bf 109 F, G, & K Series - An Illustrated Study

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F, G, & K Series - An Illustrated Study

Language: English

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-K - Development, Testing, Production

As the Luftwaffe's standard fighter, beginning in 1937 the Bf 109 was produced in large numbers and after the outbreak of the Second World War saw action over every front.
With this light, high-performance aircraft Professor Willy Messerschmitt had created a ground-breaking design. The Bf 109 had to remain in continuous development in order to keep pace with advances in Allied fighter design.

1941 saw the advent of the Bf 109 F, a clearly improved version, which was soon replaced by the more powerful and better armed Bf 109 G. The Bf 109 H high-altitude fighter reached a ceiling of 14,000 meters, and the Bf 109 K, the most potent of all the variants of this fighter aircraft, entered production in the last year of the war.

This is a complete summary of all versions from the Bf 109 F to K with many photographs, some never before published, and details.

Author:Willy Radinger, Wolfgang Otto
Specs:160 pages, 28.5 x 22.5 x 1.9 cm / 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.75 in, hardback
Illustrations:over 150 b&w and colour photographs, drawings
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
Book: Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-K - Development, Testing, Production

Messerschmitt Bf 109 F-K - Development, Testing, Production

Language: English

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Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 A Engine

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the German World War II fighter aircraft that was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. The G series, was introduced in mid-1942 and benefited from the powerful 1,455 horsepower DB 605 engine.

This book describes and illustrates all the famous Bf 109 G variants with the DB 605 A engine. It explains in detail the technical aspects of all the different variants and is lavishly illustrated by specially commissioned colour artwork profiles, 1/72 scale plans for modellers and walk-around photographs of the plane and its systems in restored and stripped down examples.

Author:Robert Peczkowski
Specs:96 pages, 29.5 x 21 cm / 11.6 x 8.25 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs and drawings
Publisher:MMP Books (PL, 2017)
Book: Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 A Engine

Messerschmitt Bf 109 G with DB 605 A Engine

Language: English

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