Heinkel He 111: Luftwaffe Medium Bomber in World War II

Ron Mackay

Available April 2022


Masquerading as a civilian airliner during the mid-1930s, the Heinkel He 111 medium-range bomber saw its first combat in 1936 with Germany’s Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. The initial stages of World War II confirmed the design’s prominent role in advancing the German blitzkrieg in Poland and France. However, it was during the 1940–41 air battles over Britain that the type’s defensive shortcomings became apparent. Easily recognized with its “greenhouse” nose, the He 111 was one of the most widely used Luftwaffe aircraft of WWII and saw use as a bomber and transport over nearly every warfront. Later models were successfully used in antishipping and glider tug roles. A postwar model, the CASA 2.111, was flown by Spain’s air force until the late 1950s, and as a transport into the 1970s. These Spanish models were also seen in such classic war films at The Battle of Britain and Patton.

Size: 9" x 9" | Over 190 color and b/w photos | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764363474

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Ron Mackay’s interest in aviation commenced during World War II. The local Coastal Command airfield at Wick, Scotland, provided a wealth of RAF and USAAF designs to stimulate his enthusiasm; postwar National Service sustained the interest. In addition, a working knowledge of German subsequently extended his field of study to the Luftwaffe, with specific reference to nocturnal operations—a relevant choice since his uncle flew and survived operations with Lancasters of No. 49 Sqdn, RAF Bomber Command. The latter activity led to regular visits to Luftwaffe reunions, with much valuable personal anecdotes and technical information garnered. To date, nearly 30 books, several of them coauthored, have been brought out, while on current hand are contracts for a further number of RAF and Luftwaffe titles.