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German He 111 bomber in flight northbound over Surrey Docks, London, England, United Kingdom at 1700 hours on 7 Sep 1940, photo 1 of 2

Caption   German He 111 bomber in flight northbound over Surrey Docks, London, England, United Kingdom at 1700 hours on 7 Sep 1940, photo 1 of 2 ww2dbase
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Photos on Same Day 7 Sep 1940
Photos at Same Place London, England, United Kingdom
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 7 Sep 2006

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1. Commenter identity confirmed BILL says:
23 Feb 2009 02:23:52 PM

Info above: A much published photograph of a Heinkel He 111 of KG 1 photographed over West India Docks, London on 7 September 1940.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
26 Dec 2010 01:53:44 PM

The Heinkle He-111 served the Luftwaffe on all fronts during WWII. It was the mainstay
medium bomber.
Designed in the 1930s as a fast commerical transport, and later used by the Luftwaffe over 5600 were built and upgraded, by the middle of the war, it was obsolete.

During WWII the He 111 was supplied to many of Germanys Allies Hungray,Romania,Slovakia and Bulgaria.
Used by Turkey, China, Spain (Nationalists)


U.S.A., Britain, and the USSR, aircraft were used for tests, evaluation and special operations.


KG/4 in Iraqi markings against the British
Dropping of Special Agents KG/400 used in other clandestine roles.
The He 111 continued to serve in different roles, until the end of the war.


Czechoslovakia, Spain and France

He 111s were captured by the Czechs, at wars end. Aircraft were later used as flying test beds for Junkers-Jumo 109-004 Jet engines
operated until 1951 later replaced by Russian

Spain continued to operate the He 111s the last were retired in 1973. The aircraft were
built in Spain as CASA 2.111, and powered by
Rolls Royce Merlin Engines.

France operated the He 111 in different roles
retired in the 1950s
3. John O'Brien says:
7 Sep 2011 07:31:41 PM

Great pic--unusually sharp but hey, we're talking German optics here.
4. walt Oliver says:
7 Sep 2014 12:50:20 PM

Great photo; very clear for London in Sept. German must be on a recon mission. If a stick of bombs had been released, the explosions would show on the photo.

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