2- V 1,350 hp ea.
1 – 13mm, 4 – 7.92mm
1 – 20mm
53 ft. 10 in.
74 ft. 1 in.
Heinkel He 111
Developed from a pre-war design, the Heinkel He 111 was based on a single engine aircraft that set numerous speed records in the early 1930’s. It was the most numerous German bomber deployed during the early part of World War Two.
When the aircraft began development in 1934, it was as a civilian airliner. This was so that it would be in compliance with the Treaty of Versailles. In fact, when it first flew in February of 1935, it was the most advanced bomber aircraft of the time.
The Heinkel He 111 first saw action as part of the Condor Legion, flying in support of the Fascists during the Spanish Civil War. It could fly faster than many fighters, when it was originally introduced, and proved an effective troop support aircraft and bomber over Spain. The early victories of German troops when employing Blitzkrieg warfare was largely due to support from Heinkel He 111 aircraft.
However, when the aircraft was later used in the Battle of Britain, it proved no match for English aircraft and had many losses.
In 1940 the Heinkel He 111 was withdrawn from daylight bombing operations. It continued to perform as an effective night bomber through 1942. At that time it was phased out of front line service as a bomber, but soldiered on in the roles of torpedo bomber, glider tug, and troop transport. A few even saw service in the latter days of the war as flying launch vehicles for V1 flying bombs. The Heinkel He 111 remained in German production until 1944.
Over 6,500 of the aircraft were produced for the Luftwaffe, with an additional 236 produced by CASA, Spain under license.
Spanish built Heinkel He 111 aircraft, fitted with Rolls Royce Merlin engines, continued in operation through 1965.