Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33703: Heinkel He 111P-2 of KG 55 Greif, Luftwaffe. Used for Night Sortie raids based at Chartres, France during the Battle of Britain during late 1940. Limited Edition of 3000 Pieces.
Length 9 inches Wingspan 12.25 inches
Kampfgeschwader 55 ‘Greif was one of the most active squadrons of the Luftwaffe during the whole of World War II. Beginning with the campaign in Poland, KG 55 fought in many of the hot spots of the war. During its six years of wartime operations, the pilots of KG 55 flew 54,547 combat missions and logged over 66,000 hours of flight time over enemy territories, and in the process 50 of them were awarded the Knight’s Cross – an amazing achievement for a single combat squadron. Although to some extent superseded by the H-series, the Heinkel He111P continued in widespread service well into the war. This P-2 of KG 55 flew from Villacoublay, France during the autumn of 1940 on night raids over Britain and displays the Geschwaderstab markings on the nose. Crudely applied mottle night camouflage obscures the Geschwaderzeichen and fin swastika.
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.