Originally Posted by F4F
Although the nazi-planes had had a well rate of climb, they normally tried to dive away although the US planes could dive better...
So a german said: Over north africa, a Martlet was on his 6. He dived and tried to escape. When he looked back, the Martlet was wild firing on him. He began to climb with his bf 109 and slowly escaped...He was lucky, because the Britain was a bad sagittarius. But the other Germans who used the same tactics over Europe would mostly be unlucky
Oddly enough I remember an similar forum post on what may have been the same site describing a fight between a Bf109F and an American Wildcat, also over North Africa, and the post stated that the Bf109F lost the Wildcat almost as soon as it pulled out of the dive and zoom climbed.
Very few planes could change altitude like a Bf109 or a Fw190D, and the Bf109 G and K models both outclimbed any Allied fighter by a considerable margin with the Bf109K being the best climber of any WWII prop plane. In a dive, the Bf109 wasn't as good, because the controls got rather heavy at high speed but the acceleration into a dive was outstanding, especially if the GM1 boost was engaged to give the already powerful Daimler Benz engine another 400hp or so. Very few planes could follow a Bf109G in a dive and none of these could continue to follow if the Bf109G then zoom climbed, not even the otherwise excellent P51D Mustang.