Messerschmitt Bf109E-4, W.Nr. 3579 ‘White 14’, Fahnrich Hans Joachim Marseille

Messerschmitt Bf109E-4, W.Nr. 3579 ‘White 14’, Fahnrich Hans Joachim Marseille


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Messerschmitt Bf109E-4, W.Nr. 3579 ‘White 14’, Fahnrich Hans Joachim Marseille


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Item Code: AA28003

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Messerschmitt Bf109E-4, W.Nr. 3579 ‘White 14’, Fahnrich Hans Joachim Marseille, 1.(J)/LG.2, Calais-Marck airfield, France, September 1940


As one of the most successful fighter aircraft of all time, the diminutive Messerschmitt Bf 109 saw service throughout the Second World War and was the mount of more air combat ‘aces’ than any other aircraft in history.  This particular ‘Emil’ (W.Nr.3579) was responsible for launching the combat career of one of the most celebrated fighter pilots of all time, Hans Joachim Marseille – the famous ‘Star of Africa’.  Despite his well-publicised flying achievements, Marseille’s introduction to air combat was less than spectacular and he quickly earned a reputation for ill-discipline, both on the ground and in the air.  Initially, it seemed the only thing Marseille excelled at was living up to his growing playboy reputation.  Despite claiming 7 air combat victories during the Battle of Britain, Marseille was himself shot down four times, including a soaking in the English Channel from which he was lucky to escape with his life.

Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 W,Nr.3579 ‘White 14’ is thought to have been the aircraft in which Marseille scored his first aerial victory – an RAF Spitfire.  Although he was able to shoot down the British fighter, ‘’White 14’ sustained damage during the dogfight -   Marseille was able to nurse the fighter back to Calais-Marck airfield, where he made a successful crash landing.   Initially thought to be beyond repair, the Messerschmitt was later sent back to Germany for rebuild and upgrade, before going on to serve for a further two years with a number of Luftwaffe pilots on the Eastern Front.  In August 1942, the aircraft was shot down by a pair of Soviet Air Force Hurricanes, crashing on marshland in the vast, unforgiving landscape of rural Russia.

Remarkably, the wreckage of the aircraft was discovered in the early 1990s and salvaged for a US Warbird collector.  Following an extensive period of restoration in the UK, this genuine combat veteran Bf 109 made its first post restoration flight in California in September 1999, in the hands of experienced Warbird pilot Charlie Brown.  Finished in the famous ‘White 14’ scheme worn by the aircraft as flown by Hans Joachim Marseille during the Battle of Britain, this historic fighter is one of only two genuine Daimler-Benz powered airworthy Bf 109Es in the world.  After spending many years on the North American Airshow circuit, ‘White 14’ currently resides with the aircraft collection at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar – UK enthusiasts will definitely be hoping to see this rare and historic aircraft flying in 2017.


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  • Detailed Crew Figure(s) Detailed Crew Figure(s)
  • Optional Undercarriage Down Optional Undercarriage Down
  • Rotatable Propellers Rotatable Propellers
Scale 1:72
Limited Edition Yes
Limited Edition Size 1,300
Wingspan 137mm
Age Suitability 14+

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Bf 109 - good, needs a better stand

The quality was good as expected from Corgi. At 1:72 these WW2 fighters become just too small with dimensions in the 5" range. I do wish these are also offered in the 1:48 scale again. The stand would have been better as a single point attachment. all said a nice addition to my collection.

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Not what I expect

Im a huge collector of some 15 years, please Corgi can you let a loyal customer know why the build quality and paint job are not great when I'm so used to a really high standard. The recent Bf 109Es are not good enough.

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Disappointing Quality Control Again!!

This is the second model in the new manufacture of the Bf109E and sadly quality control has let us down again! After an impressive release of the new Bf109 G/K versions sadly the new Bf109E is disappointing to say the least both in build and paint quality, and for some strange reason an inaccurate aerial behind the cockpit made of just a piece of wire too short and too small instead of the usual as in the first released Bf109E? Also why do the 109Es have cradle stands instead of the usual stands used on virtually all the other WW2 aircraft? Corgi you need to keep your build quality standards high if you expect customers to pay this type of money for your models. Your Brand name is at stake.

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