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Crashed German Bf 109 fighter, Italy, circa 1940

Caption   Crashed German Bf 109 fighter, Italy, circa 1940 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbasePrivate collection of Riggio family via Wikipedia user Ninetto55
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 8 Dec 2009

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
27 Aug 2010 05:55:51 PM

Aircraft PF+LB,is not a Messerschmitt Bf 109
fighter,it is a Klemm KI-35 two-seat light training aircraft. The aircraft was built by
Klemm Leightflugzeugbau GmbH.

Between 1,300 and 2,000 were built, from 1937 to 1944, but that is questionable? the
unit cost was 17,000 Reichmarks.

2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Aug 2010 01:48:08 PM

Formed in 1926, Klemm Leighflugzeugbau GmbH.
was formed in 1926 and produced light planes
one of which, was the Klemm KI-35 tamdem
two-seat aircraft,first flown in 1935.

The rise of the Nazi's had a fatal effect on
Klemm aircraft. All flying clubs and aviation schools were under control of the
NS-Fliegerkorps, business became slow at the
same time foreign sales also decreased.

Klemm was forced to perform repair work from
Klemm worked on a new design for a two-seat
basic trainer. In 1934 the KI-35 flew the
aircraft had good handling and performance
the trainer was recognized by the Luftwaffe
and became the standard training aircraft.

The end of the war, brought the end of the
Klemm works. The factory was destroyed by
bombings, all tools, equipment and stocks
seized by the Allies.
Today several Klemm KI-35 aircraft are still flying.

The aircraft was used by the Luftwaffe as a
basic trainer and many other duties. It was
also used by Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
Restored examples are flying in Sweden and
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
5 Apr 2011 07:59:23 PM

The Fieseler Fi-5 looked similar to the Klemm Ki-35, both aircraft were two-seat,
low-wing light aircraft, so I'm including it
along with the Klemm KI-35.
The Fi-5 was designed, developed and produced
in his own factory, the aircraft was of metal
and wood construction, with fabric-covered
control surface like the Klemm KI-5 it had fixed landing gear.

Operated by pre-war flying schools about 58
were built, the schools trained pilots which evolved into fledgling Luftwaffe, I don't know if the Fi-5 ever saw active duty with the Luftwaffe with such a low production number.
The aircraft has been poorly documented with few photos avialable, of interest the Fi-5 had folding wings, for easy transport, or storage.
The Fieseler Flugzeugbau, was founded in 1930 the Fi-5 was a popular pre-war sports-plane during WWII Fieseler built under licence Messerschmitt Bf-109s and Focke-Wulf 190s
However, Fieseler is best known for the
Fi-156 Storch and the Fi 103, better known as the V-1 buzz bomb during the war the factory was a target for Allied bombing raids but, continued to to build, repair and
salvage aircraft for the Luftwaffe.

After the war, the firm continued for a few more years building automotive parts.
During World War II more than 10,000 men and
women along with thousands of Dutch and French forced labor worked at the three Fieseler factories.

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