Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U4
Production & Operational
by Ales Janda
and Tomas Poruba
S u m m a r y
|Media and Contents:
||Soft cover; 80 pages plus
||Not known at this time
||Excellent, in depth examination
of the characteristics, production and operations of Bf 109G-10/U4
aircraft built near Tisnov in Czechosovakia; interesting text; very high quality colour
profiles (each presenting both side views); helpful and informative
four-view captioned illustrations of the camouflage case studies;
full text in English
||Highly Recommended for Luftwaffe fans
Reviewed by Brett Green
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Baing a Czech Publisher, JaPo has, not surprisingly, recently focused
their titles on Luftwaffe aircraft that were operated or produced in
Czech territory. This has not limited the appeal of the subjects nor
content in the least. Indeed, JaPo's publications have all been quite
fascinating to date.
JaPo's newest title, Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U4 - Production &
Operational Service, is equally interesting.
This newest JaPo book concentrates on late war operations of the only
full-scale aircraft production facility in Czech lands - Wiener
Neustadter Flugzeugwerke GmbH, otherwise known as DIANA.
The book commenced with a history of the facility, including photos
of architectural models of both Werk campuses, followed by a description
of the Bf 109G-10. One of the more amusing points made in this section
is that the G-10 was referred to in official documents as
Bastardflugzeug der Fortigung Erla!
December 1944 saw the DIANA facility move to construction of the
final Bf 109G model. The sole variant produced here was the Bf
109G-10/U4. The Bf 109G-10/U4 aircraft produced at WNF could be
distinguished by the following external features:
tall wooden fin (with either B or C
style rudder, some with Flettner tab installation)
wide 660x190mm tyres and the large
improved cockpit heating featuring
hot air ducting on the back of the canopy armour
uniquely shaped rivetted fairings
below the windscreen (otherwise similar to non-Erla build cowl)
short tail wheel strut
engine mounted 30mm MK 108 cannon
(unique to WNF Bf 109Gs)
All these attributes are quite clearly described in the text and
further illustrated with drawings and wartime photos, including
comparisons with G-10s produced at Erla and Regensberg. Additional
characteristics are also discussed.
Organisation of production and the actual assembly of specific
components, including engines, is described in some detail. test
flights, camouflage and combat operations in JG 51, JG 52 and JG 53 are
covered in the remainder of the book.
Although the stated subject matter is production and operational
service, there are some terrific case studies of specific camouflage
schemes. The colours and markings of each of 12 aircraft is described in
detail, with all of them featuring high quality half tone illustrations,
and around half also being depicted in full glorious colour. The very
attractive style of artwork, combined with useful labels and
thought-provoking interpretations, will be familiar to readers who
already own other JaPo books in this series. Very nice indeed.
The book is also peppered with captioned wartime photos, some of
which are new to me, plus various tables and diagrams. It is interesting
to see a few of the same aircraft in different photos which have
obviously been taken on different types of film. In some photos, the RLM
75 Grey Violet is so pale as to be almost the same shade as the RLM 76
Light Blue; while in others the contrast is much closer to what we would
expect to see.
The final six pages list all known information on DIANA produced Bf
109G-10/U4s, including aircraft code number and colour, delivery
date, unit data, pilot data and its eventual fate. This is quite an
JaPo's "Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U4 - Production & Operational
Service" is a fascinating analysis of this late war variant for any Bf
109 enthusiast. It is also an excellent companion piece to the previous
"Deutsch Brod" volume. I do hope that JaPo release similar titles
covering Erla and Regensberg machines to add to this interesting
analysis of Bf 109G-10 production variants.
I was intrigued to read about the unique features of these machines.
Also, in my opinion, their camouflage and markings are some of the most
interesting of any Luftwaffe aircraft in the Second World War.
The first-rate artwork and detailed discussion of camouflage is
another high point in this book.
"Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10/U4 - Production & Operational Service" will be appreciated by modellers, Luftwaffe fans and
camouflage buffs alike.
the review sample.
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