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By Mark Bando

The mythical “band of brothers” in WWII in stirring phrases and images, from their ancient touchdown in Normandy to the Allied victory in Europe.

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In 1938, the RLM decided that the Luftwaffe needed a companion for the Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf was perfectly placed to offer up F a design which directly addressed the Messerschmitt’s flaws. /JG 26 on November 25, 1941, when he scrambled from Wevelghem in Belgium to intercept a dozen Spitfires over Dunkirk. Five of the British fighters were shot down for no German losses. (Jabo)/JG 2, Beaumont-le-Roger, France, May 1942. /JG 26, flown by Hauptmann Josef ‘Pips’ Priller, based at Wevelghem, Belgium, June 22, 1942.

However, the Me 210 was dogged by developmental problems that kept it from entering front line service in any great numbers. Messerschmitt therefore continued to work on the Bf 110 – which had by now also begun a new career as a night fighter. /NJG 1, on May 9, 1941. His aircraft was crippled and he was forced to make a belly landing near Schleswig airfield. He survived without injury and returned to his unit’s base at Deelen in Holland. (Z)/JG 77 based at Rovaniemi, Finland, on September 1, 1941.

The G-14 was an attempt to standardise the Bf 109 again after the enormous variety of modifications that had 036 LUFTWAFFE FIGHTERS MEESSERSCHMITT BF 109 MESSERSCHMITT been added to the G-6 piecemeal in different factories so as not to interrupt production. It offered MW 50 water injection, which boosted power output to 1775hp, and the Erla Haube canopy was fitted as standard. A high altitude version, the G-14/AS, was also brought into production. This was equipped with the DB 605 ASM engine which had a larger capacity supercharger and was able to offer significantly improved performance above 24,000ft.

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