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German crewmen Hoffmann and Berger cleaning the machine gun barrel of Bf 109 fighter W. Nr. 8673, which belonged to Hans-Joachim Marseille, Martuba, Libya, Mar 1942

Caption   German crewmen Hoffmann and Berger cleaning the machine gun barrel of Bf 109 fighter W. Nr. 8673, which belonged to Hans-Joachim Marseille, Martuba, Libya, Mar 1942 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 101I-440-1313-37
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Photos at Same Place Martuba, Libya
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 29 Jun 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
29 Aug 2010 03:59:20 PM


Ground crew cleaning what looks like a
MG 151 15/20mm cannon barrel. This was one
of the main aircraft weapons used after 1941 and fitted to most front-line aircraft.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
11 Mar 2011 10:55:44 PM

Aircraft has been identified to belong to
Hans-Joachim Marseille's Bf109F Yellow 14 of JG27, Libya 1942.
Marseille's mechanics Hoffman on the left, and Berger on the right, weapons cleaning.
Marseille was killed after bailing out of his fighter, after it developed engine failure, striking the vertical stabilizer
on Sept. 30, 1942 he was created with 158 kills.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 Apr 2011 05:42:48 PM

OOPS!...Did it again Hans-Joachim Marseille
was credited with 158 air-to-air kills, before he was killed bailing out of his


The first Bf-109F models were armed with the
Waffenfabrik Mauser MG 151/15mm cannon later
it was replaced with the MG 151/20mm cannon.
About 1,380 Bf-109Fs were built between
October 1940 to August 1941 the fighter was built by AGO, Arado, Erla and Messerschmitt.


This model was developed in 1941, and became the standard armament for fighters and bombers used by the Luftwaffe, later it was replaced again with the heavy hitting 30mm MK 108 cannon.
Standard armament for the Bf-109F was two synchronized 7.92mm machine guns w/500rpg
and 1x20mm MG 151/20cannon firing through the propeller hub w/60rounds.

Some pilots felt it was a step backward, as the MG 151/15mm cannon carried 200rounds
others felt the armament too light compared with the Bf-109E, that was armed with 2x7.92mm machine guns, and 2x20mm cannons.
But most pilots looked at the armament, that
was mounted in the centerline and fired a concentrated cone of fire at the target.

After World War II the MG 151/20mm cannons along with other ex-Luftwaffe aircraft armament were salvaged and used in many of the post-war air forces in Europe.
Both the French Army and Air Force used the weapons in fixed and flexible mounts.
The weapons is still in production today and
has been improved over the years.

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