Air War Archive, Messerschmitt Bf 109, The Latter Years – War In The East To The Fall Of Germany, Rare Luftwaffe Photographs From Wartime Archives

Another addition to the deservedly popular Images of War series with brief introductory text and excellent caption and extended captions. This is another AWA book with a fantastic selection of rare images, covering the latter years of the iconic Bf 109 – Highly Recommended

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NAME: Air War Archive, Messerschmitt Bf 109, The Latter Years – War In The 
East To The Fall Of Germany, Rare Luftwaffe Photographs From Wartime Archives
FILE: R2933
AUTHOR: Chris Goss
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, frontline
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 178
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War,  Luftwaffe, 
East From, Home Front, Final Days, Bf 109, fighter aircraft, close support, fighter 
bombers, air superiority

ISBN: 1-47389-948-6

IMAGE: B2933.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Another addition to the deservedly popular Images of War series 
with brief introductory text and excellent caption and extended captions. This is 
another AWA book with a fantastic selection of rare images, covering the latter 
years of the iconic Bf 109 –  Highly Recommended

The Bf 109 was already a proven mature fighter when it took part in the Battle of 
Britain, where even the Hurricane could outperform it in parts of the flying envelop. 
The main protagonist was however the Spitfire which was capable of considerable 
development as the war progressed. The Bf 109 was also capable of further 
development, but it was obsolescent by 1942, with the FW190 taking over in many 
Western Front squadrons and initially being significantly superior to the Spitfire 
until the Mk IX began replacing Mk V Spitfires.

The Bf 109 had a longer life on the East front because the combination of battle 
hardened pilots, and a machine superior to most current Soviet fighters, gave it an 
edge. That edge was steadily eroded from 1942 and the Bf 109 should have been 
replaced in frontline day fighter service but  had to soldier on as German industry 
struggled to produce sufficient quantities of more modern aircraft.

The author has provided a first rate presentation of the Bf 109's closing days, with 
an outstanding photo selection.