Bf 109e Wingman

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Angels 20 - 4/31


The Bf109 was one of the first truly modern fighters, designed initially in the 30s as a high speed short range interceptor. The 109 remained in production from 37 to 45 with several different versions being produced, including the E, F and G presently in Angels20. More aerial kills were made with the Bf109 than with any other aircraft, with over 100 Bf109 pilots credited with 100 or more kills, thirteen scored more than 200 kills, and 2 scored over 300 kills. Finnish flow Bf109s claimed a kill ratio against the Soviets of over 25:1. The E represented a significant redesign, introducing a powerful new engine, heavier armament and increased fuel capacity, and forms one of the most important planes in our starter’s Battle of Britain scenario.


The Bf109E packs a solid and balanced maneuvering line. Turn, Roll, and Climb are all a respectable 4, allowing the German player to perform a wide variety of maneuvers with some confidence without necessarily excelling at any particular maneuver. The dive score of 5 is not nearly as impressive in the context of the game, which prioritizes nearly all three of the other maneuvering stats. A defensive score of 3-5-3 is solid, but the weaker vital score means that you must watch your Bf109Es carefully. Even an average dice shot taken from a decent angle with a positive modifier or two can prove fatal for the Bf109E. The German gunnery scores are excellent and typical of German planes. Seven dice at range 1 will frequently hit, and will certainly down a plane from the 6 o’clock position. 4 dice at range-2 can also hit if situational modifiers or an excellent angle are present. A basic speed of 2-3 is average, but somewhat limited compared to the many other German planes that move 2-4, and especially if you’re fighting a plane that has an extra movement point. The Bf109E Wingman packs another useful ability, Cover the Leader, which allows it to cover another plane by reducing its attack dice. Although this ability seems powerful, it is somewhat more difficult to use successfully in practice. If an enemy only hits on a 6 anyway due to other modifiers, then this SA cannot make that attack any weaker.

Flight Builds and Tactics: The Bf109E Wingman is excellent for its points, but also difficult to fit into a competent 100 point build. One could bring two Wingmen and a Friedrich, but lack a strong Ace and the most useful SAs.

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