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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33701: Heinkel He 111H-3 of II./KG 1 Hindenburg, Luftwaffe, based at Montdidier France during the Battle of Britain in September 1940. Although non limited this is now a highly sought after model with excellent looking splinter camouflage livery. The distinctive white bands are tactical formation markings on the rudder and upper wing surface, applied during September 1940. The purpose of the marking was to enable pilots flying in formation to quickly determine the position of other aircraft in the formation. Aircraft with the bar on the port (left) wing and port fin meant that they were on the starboard (right) side of the formation. Also the number of bars might have indicated the Gruppe or Staffel status of the aircraft. Boxes are notoriously flimsy but this one is in great shape.
Length 9 inches Wingspan 12.25 inches
By the beginning of the Battle of Britain the He 111H had almost entirely replaced the He 111P series and was being deployed to most of the French airbases where the German assault on the skies of England were to begin. One of the most notable Battle of Britain raids that the Gruppe made involving this He 111 was on 9th September, when the fleet of 26 He 111 aircraft, escorted by 20 Bf 110’s of III./ZG 76 and 60 Bf 109’s of JG 3, was briefed to attack the R.A.E at Farnborough. This raid was routed south of London on a westerly course and therefore had to run the gauntlet of fighter squadrons from Biggin Hill, Kenley, Croydon and Northolt.
Designed in direct violation of the Treaty of Versailles, the Heinkel He 111 first flew on February 24, 1935. Masquerading as a transport aircraft, the He 111 was actually a fast medium bomber that went on to become the most prolific Luftwaffe bomber used during the early part of WWII. During its early service career, the He 111 had the distinction of being one of the fastest aircraft in the world, with speeds exceeding 250 mph. It was also versatile, serving as a medium bomber, strategic bomber and as a torpedo bomber. By late 1944 the Luftwaffe halted bomber production, and the He 111 became a transport aircraft.