Heinkel He 111


The Heinkel He 111 was a medium two-engined bomber plane used by the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) during the Second World War (1939-45). Heinkel He 111s contributed significantly to such campaigns as the Battle of France, the Battle of Britain, and the London Blitz, but were increasingly replaced from 1941 by the more modern and faster Junkers Ju 88.

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  • Feb 1935
    The first Heinkel He 111 prototype bomber is flown.
  • 1936
    Lufthansa begins to fly Heinkel He 111s carrying civilian passengers.
  • 1936 - 1939
    Heinkel He 111 bombers operate in the Spanish Civil War.
  • 1937
    Heinkel opens a factory at Oranienburg dedicated to manufacturing the Heinkel He 111 bomber.
  • 1939 - 1940
    The Luftwaffe deploys Heinkel He 111 bombers against several European countries as Germany occupies Poland and parts of Western Europe.
  • 1939 - 1945
    One of the Luftwaffe's key medium bombers is the Heinkel He 111.
  • 1940
    Heinkel He 111 bombers are deployed over Britain in the Battle of Britian, London Blitz, and general bombing campaign against British cities.