Corgi Aviation 1/72 scale AA33708: Heinkel He 111H-6 of StG 3, Luftwaffe based in Libya, 1941. Limited Edition of 1860 Pieces.
Length 9 inches Width 12.25 inches
The Heinkel He 111’s sleek lines mask the plane’s capability and versatility as a medium bomber. This aircraft, sometimes called the “Flying Spade”, was classified as a passenger/mail plane to circumvent limits imposed on German rearmament by the Treaty of Versailles. The Heinkel He 111, a rugged and dependable bomber, saw combat in support of Franco’s Nationalist Forces during the Spanish Civil War and later during World War II. Produced in large numbers, the He 111 operated extensively around the world for more than two decades. Heinkel designed the aircraft in the early 1930’s and production of the He 111 began in November 1936. Almost from its introduction, the He 111 was engaged in combat. Early model He 111’s served in Spain with the infamous “Condor Legion”. From September 1939 to May 1944, He 111’s remained in continuous action in the skies of Europe. During the course of the war He 111’s fought over Poland, Norway, France, the Balkans, Iraq, the Soviet Union, North Africa, the North Sea, as well as the Arctic and Mediterranean Oceans. Derna was famous as fighting took place there following the capture of Tobruk, 2 brigades of the 6th Australian Division under Major General Iven Mackay persued the Italians westwards and then encountered an Italian rear guard at Derna. The arrival of German forces and more specifically the Luftwaffe swung the push back towards the Allied forces On 6 April 1941. It was not only the might of the Stuka and Bf109 that helped achieve this but also the transportation and bombing capability of the Heinkel He111. Here seen in the desert colours of StG3.
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.