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German Heinkel He-111 Bomber

Updated on April 6, 2016

Heinkel He-111

German Heinkel He-111

The Heinkel H-111 was a twin engine bomber used by the German Luftwaffe in World War II. The He-111's history began in the early 1930s and was purported to be a civilian airliner. After World War I, Germany had certain restrictions, as to what military equipment they could have and build. Later, this civilian aircraft would be turned into a medium bomber and transport, employed by the German Luftwaffe.

The Heinkel He-111's design features included a a gull like wing, very similar to the F4U Corsair and also had elliptical wings similar to the British Spitfire. The Heinkel He-111 also had a nose that was almost completely windowed, similar to the American B-29's. Many variations of the Heinkel He-111's were made throughout the war. They began being powered by BMW V12's and then later used Jumo V12's.

The Heinkel He-111 served almost entirely in the European theater as a bomber, but later was used mostly as transport, as Germany focused more on the production of fighter aircraft. The He-111 was used in the Battle of Britain, utilizing Messerschmitt BF 109's, based in France as fighter escorts.

The Heinkel He-111 had a top speed of over 270 mph and a service ceiling of a little over 21,000 feet. The Heinkel He-111 had a range of 1,400 miles and a crew of four. They built approximately 6,500 of the Heinkel He-111's during the years between 1935 and 1944.

The Heinkel H-111 was armed with seven 7.792 machine guns, one 20 mm autocannon, a 13 mm machine gun and could carry 4,000 to 5000 lbs bombs.


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      PhoenixV 2 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the comment.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      The Germans built some very good aircraft. Whatever they built was of high quality. If Hitler had not spread his armies all over he could of won the war.World War ll Bombers are very interesting along with the tanks that the Germans built.

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