Hobbymaster 1/48th scale HA8704 BF 109E-7/Trop “Black Chevron”, Gruppen-Adjutant I/JG 27, December 1941. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
The first German mass produced 109 fighter was the Bf-109E that has been mistakenly referred to as the Me-109. The Bf is the designator for the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (BFW) (Bavarian Aircraft Works) that produced the original aircraft. In 1938 Messerschmitt took over BFW but throughout WWII German handbooks and documents referred to the aircraft as the Bf-109. By the end of 1939 the Bf-109E (Emil) had replaced all other 109 variants and equipped 13 Gruppens with 40 aircraft each. The Bf-109 was the main single-engine aircraft until the Fw-190 came along.
Messerschmitt Bf-109E “Black 8”, contrary to some information, was only flown twice by Leutnant Werner Schröer and was the main aircraft for Franz Elles of 2./JG 27. In May 1941 Elles scored his first victory, a Hurricane over Tobruk. He would score his fifth and final victory by downing an A-20 Boston III on December 10, 1941 before his aircraft was badly damaged by an RAF P-40 on December 11, 1941. He crash landed his aircraft and became a POW for the remainder of the war.