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[Vehicle Profile] Bf 109 E-1

Bf 109E-1 Red 1 flown by Hptm. Hannes Trautloft of 2./Jg 77. Based at Juliusburg,  September 1939. 
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The BF 109 E-1 in War Thunder:

In War Thunder, the Bf 109 E-1 is the first Daimler-Benz powered variant pilots can research and fly for the German branch of aviation. Similar in many respects to its logical evolution in game, the Bf 109 E-3, differing mainly in armament.

The main features of this aircraft are its good acceleration and climb rate over many of its counterparts in game. The E-1 boasts a great power-to-weight ratio and is a very maneuverable fighter. Whilst many of its opponents can out-turn the “Emil” in combat situations, it still has a very respectable range of maneuvers it can achieve. For Armament, the Bf 109 E-1 has 4 x 7.92mm MG 17 machine guns with a total ammunition capacity of 3000 rounds. 2 mounted within the wings and a further 2 mounted within the engine cowling. Alternatively, the E-1 can be equipped for the Fighter-Bomber role and mount 4 x 50kg bombs with the ETC 50/VIIId modification or a single 250 kg bomb with the ETC 500/IXb modification. Whilst it may not be one of the hardest hitting aircraft for its tier, its ammunition supply makes the Bf 109 E-1 a very forgiving aircraft for Rookie pilots. Its excellent performance makes it an effective energy fighting “Boom and Zoom” aircraft that is still capable of pulling efficient aerial maneuvers in combat.

The Bf 109 E-1 is a solid example of how the Bf 109 family perform and demonstrates many of the key features they boast in terms of flight performance. Whilst its armament is somewhat lacking, the Bf 109 E-1 is a great fighter in its own right and leads on to the improved Bf 109 E-3 featuring more powerful 20mm MG FF cannons.

The BF 109 E-1 in History:

The E-1 was the first of a new breed of Bf 109 fighters. Debuting into production in late 1938, the “Emil” quickly replaced its earlier brethren in service with the Luftwaffe. The distinctive chin radiator of the Jumo powered variants was replaced with two much subtler underwing mounted versions integrated with flaps and the cowling was redesigned to carry the Daimler-Benz 601 series of engines. The result was a much more aerodynamically efficient aircraft that was more than a match for the new Supermarine Spitfire that was entering service with the RAF around the same time the first Emil’s were rolling off the production lines. The Bf 109 E-1 was also sent into action with the Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil war during its twilight stages.

Entering service in 1939, the E-1 would see combat in the early phases of the WW2, quickly obtaining aerial supremacy over the skies of Europe. The Bf 109 E was able to outclass many of the standard fighters of the day and was a key component to the German Blitzkrieg tactics that dominated the early years of WW2. A small run of E-1B Jagdbomber versions were also created, capable of mounting up to 250 kg of bombs on a centerline pylon. The Bf 109 “Emil” would finally meet its match in the RAF’s Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire fighters that intercepted German formations during the Battle of Britain (where its limited fuel supply impacted combat effectiveness). By the beginning of the Battle, the Bf 109 E-1 was already being replaced or upgraded to the E-3 MG FF cannon armed variant and improved E-4, however some E-1’s would still see combat before the end of the year. After the Battle of Britain's conclusion the “Emil” series would ultimately lead into another major variant, the F or “Friedrich” that would form the basis of all Bf 109s to follow.

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Author: Scott “Smin1080p” Maynard

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