The BF 109 E-4 was powered by a 1,100 hp Daimler-Benz DB601 Aa engine and was armed with two 7.9 Rheinmetall-Borsig MG-17 light machine guns and two 20 mm Oerlikon MG-FF/M cannons in the wings, which improved the previous version of the BF 109 E3 in rate of fire.
These characteristics made the BF-109 E-4 a formidable weapon, which surpassed in speed and maneuverability the British Hawker Hurricane and equaled the Spitfire with which it had to face during the Battle of Britain (1940) in the skies of the United Kingdom.
The biggest problem with this version of the 109 was its flight range, which did not allow it to stay more than 15 minutes in missions over the British Isles if it did not want to run out of fuel, to fix this problem the BF109 E4 was equipped with an extra tank of 300 liters of fuel, this version was called the B109 E4/7.
After the Battle of Britain, many of these aircraft were “tropicalized” and sent to fight in North Africa.
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