A Piece of a 109

In the early 70s,  John W. Caler Books advertised in Air Progress magazine, and I bought some from the enterprise. The company started a book club with the promise that all who signed up would receive a piece of a Messerschmitt 109. (Bf or Me, they’re still 109s) I signed up, received a few lists of books for sale and bought a few more, including some German language reprint, reduced in size, of 109G maintenance manuals, well illustrated. They’re still in the AeroKnow collection. I was satisfied with the piece of the 109 and will someday display the card with a late-model (probably 109G from Hasegawa) 1/48 machine.


I lost touch with the Caler operation. Perhaps they folded. If you know what happened to the businesses or 109, please update in the comments.

About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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2 Responses to A Piece of a 109

  1. SteveR says:

    I too bought a piece of the 109, although a bit later than you did – I had membership number 349. Here’s a good summary of what went on before, during, and after the times we bought into this attempted restoration: http://www.indianamilitary.org/FreemanAAF/Aircraft%20-%20German/FE%200124Bf109G14/0124.htm

  2. George Smith says:

    I have posted on Ebay one of the Membership Cards with the covering piece. Item #331356527201

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