June 22nd, 2016, 18:19
At low altitudes, the Baltimore COULD probably outrun a Me 109E and give a Me 109F a pretty good chase.
It would have no hope against the Me 109G or anything later though.
Please note that the 109 did not carry all that much fuel either, so at full power, the late versions would go completely dry in a bit over a half hour.
Earlier versions were better but not that much better. (Figure on 45 minutes to 1 hour at high power settings.)
I have always wondered if the prohibition of a Luftwaffe after the Great War managed to cripple German Aircraft designs in less than obvious ways; if one only designs gliders, then thinking of a good location for fuel isn't a great concern.
Regarding the accounts of fighting off Me 109s: