Original German WWII Luftwaffe Fuselage Pieces from R.A.F. Downed Bf 109 - Battle of Britain
Original Item: One of a Kind. This is a fantastic piece of WWII History! The "Battle of Britain" was the period from July 1940 to June 1941 when Germany launched repeated air attacks against Britain. It was basically the Luftwaffe versus the Royal Air Force, with the goal of both destroying Britain's manufacturing capability, as well as their morale during the later attacks of "The Blitz".
This is a very nice framed collection of fuselage pieces from a downed Messerschmitt Bf 109, with a full description of the history:
Battle of Britain
Fragments from crash of Bf 109E-4/B Werk # 2024 flown by Staffelkapitan Oblt Otto Hintze of 3./Epr210 near Sheerland Farm, Pluckley, Kent. Bf 109 was intercepted and shot down by Spitfire flown by Sgt J.H.B. Burgess of 222 Sq on 10/29/40. Hintze bailed out and was captured.
Under this statement are captioned printouts of the two planes involved in the aerial fight. The central items however are definitely the three fuselage pieces from the downed Bf 109, which vary in size from 3 to 5 inches across. They show some rivets, as well as original paint on the pieces of aircraft aluminum.
This is all contained in a glass glazed wooden frame measuring 12 3/8"W x 15 1/4"H x 2 3/8", which is in great shape. Included is a printout regarding the attack, as well as printouts from the original ebay auction where the fuselage piece was puchased. There is also a CD-R with this same information and more on it.
A great piece of history from the Battle of Britain. Ready to display!
More on the Messerschmitt Bf 109 (Me 109):
The Messerschmitt Bf 109, was a German World War II fighter aircraft that was the backbone of the Luftwaffe's fighter force. The Bf 109 first saw operational service during the Spanish Civil War (1939) and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II (1945). It was one of the most advanced fighters of the era, including such features as all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. It was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine. From the end of 1941, the Bf 109 was steadily being supplemented by the superior Focke-Wulf Fw 190.
It was commonly called the Me 109 most often by Allied aircrew and even among the German aces themselves even though this was not the official German designation. The "Bf 109" designation was issued by the German ministry of aviation and represents the developing company Bayerische Flugzeugwerke and is a rather arbitrary figure.
It was designed by Willy Messerschmitt (hence Me 109) and Robert Lusser, who worked at Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, during the early to mid-1930s.
Originally conceived as an interceptor, later models were developed to fulfill multiple tasks, serving as bomber escort, fighter-bomber, day-, night-, all-weather fighter, ground-attack aircraft, and as reconnaissance aircraft. It was supplied to and operated by several states during World War II, and served with several countries for many years after the war. The Bf 109 was the most produced fighter aircraft in history, with a total of 33,984 airframes produced from 1936 up to April 1945.
The Bf 109 was flown by the three top-scoring German fighter aces of World War II, who claimed 928 victories among them while flying with Jagdgeschwader 52, mainly on the Eastern Front. The highest scoring fighter ace of all time, Erich Hartmann, flew the Bf 109 and was credited with 352 aerial victories. The aircraft was also flown by Hans-Joachim Marseille, the highest scoring German ace in the North African Campaign who achieved 158 aerial victories. It was also flown by several other aces from Germany's allies, notably Finn Ilmari Juutilainen, the highest scoring non-German ace on the type, and pilots from Italy, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria and Hungary. Through constant development, the Bf 109 remained competitive with the latest Allied fighter aircraft until the end of the war.
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