Interior of a He 111 P bomber while in flight over France, mid-May 1940

Caption   Interior of a He 111 P bomber while in flight over France, mid-May 1940 ww2dbase
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Added Date 4 Jun 2007

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
27 Dec 2010 01:54:24 PM


Pilots and bombardier/navigator stations
looks like the navigator is checking his map
references to visual sighting.

The pilot was seated to starboard, with the
main instrument panel located above him.
Flight instruments were located on the panel
port side, engine instruments placed to starboard. Cockpit interior framing looks black in color.

The bombardier operated the nose-mounted
7.92mm Rheinmetall MG machine gun, the ammo was fed by a 75-round drum magazine, with a
rate of fire of 1100 rounds per minute, so the bombardier had to change magazines a lot
in the heat of battle its not easy, when your
being shot at.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
16 Mar 2011 08:41:44 PM

The navigator/bombardier had basic flight training to fly the aircraft well enough in
case of an emergency should the pilot become incapacitated.
Nose armament was a single 7.92mm machine gun upgunned to a 20mm cannon, crews would add as many as nine 7.92mm machine guns, plus a 13mm weapon. The He-111 was removed from front-line service in 1942 continued to serve as heavy bomber, medium bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, torpedo and
transport aircraft, and served the Luftwaffe
up to the end of WWII.


After World War II the He-111 was built under
licence in Spain by CASA, and served with the
Spanish Air Force until the late 1960s.
She had a starring role in the 1969 WWII film
"The Battle of Britain"

Saw service with Czechoslovakia, retired in 1951 used to test jet engines.
France captured a number of He-111s service with the French Air Force served w/GB 1/31 Aunis along with Junkers Ju88s aircraft were retired in the late 40s early 50s.

The He-111 was used by Germany's Axis Allies
aircraft were scrapped at wars end, or served until replaced with Russian equipment
Today the He-111 flies with the Commemorative
Air Force in the USA.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Jan 2013 06:03:20 PM

Haven't received a comment since Dec. 2010
going to correct my error. The pilot of the He-111 sat on the(left)port side.
Didn't catch this error, gonna have to get more sleep.

By the end of 1944 about 190,000 Luftwaffe personnel had sufferd wounds, in all the branches aircrew, specialist and flak.
The war situation was so bad, in 1944 that the bomber force ceased to exist. Surviving bomber pilots were retrained to fly single-seat fighter and fighter-bombers.

Flying and non-flying crews were transfered to other duties. Luftwaffe field divisions were formed but these men were air force specialist and didn't have the training of the infantry, they suffered heavy casualties.

To the editor/ww2db I'm trying to leave as much information that I can, one never knows the future.
I'm glad that I could leave my personal and historical fact in this database.
Someone today or yet unborn in the future, will read my comments...that are left in the care of your database/achives


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