1939 MESSERSCHMITT ME109 E1 - Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
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1939 Messerschmitt 109 E1 (Currently a guest at the Heritage Hangar)

W.Nr 3579

• Built by Messerschmitt contractor Arado GmbH
at Warnemünde, June 1939

 

• Early 1940, upgraded to an E-4

 

• April 1940, listed with LG2 at Westerland,
coded ‘White 14’ Pilot Lt. Friedrich Geishardt

 

• July 1940, moved to a new base at
Calais-Marck, France

 

• On 10 August, Fähnrich (Kadette Officer)
Hans-Joachim Marseille joined I(J)/LG2. On
one of his first combat missions on 24 August
he claimed his first victory, a Spitfire. A week
later on 2 September, 3579 was being flown
by Marseille in combat over Southern England
where he claimed his second victory. We do
know that Marseille undertook two operations
on this day. During the second, LG2 were over
Sheerness in combat with Spitfires of 74 Sqn.
It was during one of these engagements that
3579 was damaged and so Marseille headed
back towards the French coast. At Calais-Marck,
Marseille’s belly landing was severe enough
that 3579 was classed as 50% damaged.

• Aircraft recovered by the Bergebattalion and
transported to the Erla factory at Antwerp for
repair, after which it was issued to JG77

 

• 7th December 1941, 3579 20% damaged
near its base of Alakurtti, Russia with JG77

 

• 14th January 1942, 3579 arrives at Brinker
Eisenwerke, Oslo-Kjeller for repair work
and upgrades

 

• 29th April 1942, work completed and 3579
shipped to Norway

 

• Returned to its unit, now re-named JG5,
aircraft now marked ‘White 7’

 

• 2nd August 1942, while being flown by Lt Kurt
Hammel, 3579 damaged in combat and forcelanded
on the front line. Classified a 100% loss,
but reclassified 30% but was not recovered.

 

• Summer 1992, 3579 was discovered by
the Russian Aircraft Recovery Group and
transported to Moscow

• September 1992, 3579 purchased by Charleston Aviation for a full rebuild to flying condition

 

• 29th September 1999, first flight after a sixyear
rebuild. Aircraft operated by D.G. Price,
Museum of Flying, California

 

• 2003, sold to the Ed Russell Aviation Group,
Ontario, Canada

 

• November 2014, 3579 sold to current owner
for display and exhibition in the UK, and currently guesting at the Heritage Hangar.

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3579 while in Finland en route to JG5 and the Arctic Circle.