Question about the Me 109

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Question about the Me 109

Post by StG-44 » 05 Apr 2003 22:21

Hello folks!

I want to know what the "Bf" means by the Me(?) Bf 109 fighters
is this a name or something else?

thank you

Christian

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Post by kobold » 05 Apr 2003 22:50

It means "Bayerische Flugzeugwerke " - the messerschmitt company.


a quote from http://www.bf109.com


[The Bf 109 did not have an easy birth. Due to the long-standing fued between Secretary of State for Air General Erhard Milch and Willy Messerschmitt, the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke was in a precarious business position when in 1933 Messerschmitt and his joint manager Herr Kikothaki obtained a contract from a Romanian cartel to develop a new transport aircraft, a contract which saved B.F.W. from liquidation]



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Re: Question about the Me 109

Post by varjag » 06 Apr 2003 11:08

StG-44 wrote:Hello folks!

I want to know what the "Bf" means by the Me(?) Bf 109 fighters
is this a name or something else?

thank you

Christian
Well you might ask Christian, because I have asked myself the same question many times and years. In ALL German media during WW2 the a/c was ALWAYS reffered to as a 'Me' even though the Bf-bit might have been a feature on contract-documents and the like. The very first reference to 'Bf 109' I believe was around 1955 and by noted British aircraft-historian William Green - who had ferretted out the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke name from his research and coined the name Bf 109 (110 etc.etc,.) in his early books. These were very influental and because aviation writers tend to copy oneanother the term sort-of got stuck. But I still maintain that in German WW2 parlance the Bf-aircraft were always termed 'Me's. In all the 'short-of-breath' verbatim narratives that littered the German press at the time, it was always '...meine Me...meine He...meine Focke, mein Do - never ever have I read about 'meine Beefff....'

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Post by StG-44 » 06 Apr 2003 12:22

thank you very much for your help

i thought that the Bf stands for a enhanced me 109.

thanks
Christian

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Post by Zeydlitz » 08 Apr 2003 09:34

I may be mistaken, but i believe I read somewhere many years ago that the 108, 109 and 110's official names were Messerschmitt Bf 108, Bf 109, etc. But in ca 1940 BFW changed its name to Messerschmitt Flugzeugwerke, so the following designs were Me's. (Me 210, Me 410, Me 262 etc.) However, they were all Messerschmitts, so I guess it just became customary to call any Messerschmitt for Me xxx

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