A Japanese Me-109

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A Japanese Me-109

Postby pampa14 » Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:19 pm

The link below provides a rare photo of a Me-109 used by Japan, with the mark of the Rising Sun emblazoned on the fuselage. Does anyone know if Japan used German fighters in combat? The link also features a selection of photos unimaginable for the High Command of the Luftwaffe at the beginning of WW2, see their powerful Me-109 and Fw-190 fighters captured and tested with allied markings. To view all photos, visit the link below:

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Re: A Japanese Me-109

Postby The Toastinator » Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:27 pm

They did not, although IIRC they did receive a small number (It may have just been a single example) of Bf109Es for testing and evaluation purposes, I think they flew in testing against the Ki61 and the latter was considered superior although to be fair it should have since it was three or four years further down the line.

(As an aside, Messerschmitt's first aircraft had a Bf prefix until after the Bf110, Messerschmitt tried to get the RLM to retrospectively change the designation of the Bf109 to Me109 but they declined)

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Re: A Japanese Me-109

Postby Ifor » Sat Jul 18, 2015 10:24 pm

Hello, forgive me if you know already, they also evaluated a FW190 A5, JU87, HE 112 and a ME 210 upgraded to 410 standard, and a number of other types. I seem to recall they had a number of aircraft in service, Bucker and Junkers I believe. Again my apologies if I'm teaching you to suck eggs.

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