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Bf 109 IRL

The Bf 109 in real life.

The Messerschmitt Bf 109, often called the Me 109, was a German World War II Luftwaffe fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid 1930s.

The Bf 109 appears in Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield V. A stylized Bf 109 appears in Battlefield Heroes as the National Plane.

Battlefield 1942Edit

The Bf 109 is a fighter featured in Battlefield 1942 issued to the Wehrmacht, Afrika Korps ,German Elite Forces and Royal Italian Army. It has space for one player, who pilots the aircraft. It has two weapons available, its machine guns with 900 rounds of ammunition, and single bombs, with 15 units available.

As with other fighter aircraft, the Bf 109 main role is mostly to support ground troops and to hunt enemy fighters and bombers. Its machine guns are very effective against lighter targets, such as aircraft and cars, and its single bomb can aid greatly in destroying enemy armor.

A bomb is also efficient against emplacements, as a single well-placed bomb can destroy any anti-aircraft gun, defgun or heavy machine gun position. The Bf 109 is especially fast and maneuverable, which makes it the optimal choice for dogfighting compared to other allied craft.

The Bf 109 prime weakness is its weak armor. Anti-aircraft guns rip through it in just a few shots. The Bf 109 requires a certain degree of skill to use effectively.

It is a direct equivalent to the Red Army's Yak-9, British Army's Spitfire and the US Army's P-51.

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Battlefield HeroesEdit

The National Plane is a vehicle featured in Battlefield Heroes for the Royal Army and is the counterpart to the Royal Plane. The plane can hold three players, one pilot and two passengers. The pilot flies the plane and fires the two machine guns of the plane while the passengers sit on the wings and use their personal weapons to attack enemy infantry and vehicles.

Against tanks, the plane's machine guns are very effective from all sides, as the machine guns do not overheat, resulting in the pilot being able to continually fire.

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Battlefield VEdit

The Bf 109 is a vehicle featured in Battlefield V, and can be seen in the Battlefield 5 Official Reveal Trailer. It is the primary single seat fighter of Germany.

SingleplayerEdit

During the prologue My Country Calling, a Bf 109 strafes the Free French Forces in Tunisia in 1942, while the player controls one as Yellow-Seven over Germany in 1943. Enemy Bf 109s are encountered during Under No Flag and Tirailleur, and in the former must be shot down as part of the mission.

MultiplayerEdit

Two variants of the aircraft appear in the multiplayer, the Bf 109 G-2 and Bf 109 G-6. The fighter is Germany's counterpart to the United Kingdom's Spitfire and the USA's P51.

Bf 109 G-2Edit

"This fighter was the backbone of the Luftwaffe. The Germans first deployed it in Spain, and it would go on to see combat throughout World War II. The G-2 entered production in May, 1942."

— In-game description


The G-2 variant of the Bf 109 is unlocked by default, and is initially armed with two 7.92mm machine guns and a 20mm cannon, as well as Spotting Flares and 2x 50kg Bombs. This multirole version of the Bf 109 can be diversified into either the ground attack or interception role through specializations. For the former, positioning information systems like the Radar Package, alongside performance upgrades for the engine and control surfaces can help in dogfights, while additional LMGs and Finned Barrels can improve damage output against airfraft. In the latter role, the 50kg bombs can be increased in number to cover a larger area, or swapped out for a single, more powerful 250kg bomb for better effect against vehicles, while high explosive Minengeschoss shells for the cannon can allow for strafing attacks.


Bf 109 G-6Edit

"In 1943 the Germans introduced the Bf109 G-6. It had upgraded, heavier machine guns, which made it popular with the pilots. Almost 12,000 were built, well into 1944."

— In-game description


The G-6 variant is unlocked at rank 16. By default, it comes equipped with two MG 131 13mm HMGs and 2x WFR-GR 21 high-explosive rockets - instead of a secondary armament the G-6 has toggleable Nitrous for escaping danger. Initially focused towards air superiority, the aircraft can be similarly diversified using specialisations. For armament, a 30mm MK 108 autocannon with armor-piercing rounds can be added as the plane's secondary weapon. Although dealing low damage to vehicles compared to other AT cannon-armed aircraft, the weapon can be useful for finishing off armor after a successful rocket attack - the Spotting Scope, Armored Fuselage and Reinforced Wings can help during strafing. Alternatively, players can choose to retain the manoeuvrability-enhancing Nitrous by instead increasing the number of primary armament HMGs, with the High Altitude Package, Automatic Leading Edge and Finned Barrels also helping to stay ahead in dogfights. More niche utility can be found by equipping the Butterfly Bombs and Spawn Beacon upgrades, turning the fighter into an area denial or infiltrator, respectively.


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TriviaEdit

  • In Battlefield V, both versions of the Bf 109 had their default loadouts and specialization trees changed as part of the Summer Update. The aircraft now have more upgrade options than the United Kingdom's Spitfire in order to stay balanced with the US P51.[1]

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