A Warbird survivor that was originally built as a Messerschmitt BF109 E-1, but upgraded to the E-4 standard is the Bf 109E owned by the Russell Aviation Group in Canada flew for the first time in 75 years.
It is the only flying example of this variant in the world today with a Daimler Benz DB601 engine. Flown by Jagdwaffe (Fighter Force) ace Hans-Joachim Marseille, it was recovered and repaired after a forced landing on the beach at Calais in September 1940 only to be later abandoned in Russia. It was recovered in the 1990’s and restored to air worthy standard.
Sadly it hasn’t been in the air for some years now. The Messerschmitt hit the left wing on a steel pole near the airfield and damaged it. Recently the plane was sold by Platinum Fighter sales, its new happy owner is residing in England. The Messerschmitt Bf 109 E4 is finally expected to fly again in the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Last updated: 13.02.2015