He 111 H-3

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He 111 H-3
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
13.1 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 500 mCeiling
2 х Junkers Jumo 211DEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
480 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Defensive armament
7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun2 х Turret
750 roundsAmmunition
1 050 shots/minFire rate
7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun5 х Turret
375 roundsAmmunition
1 050 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
32 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 1
8 x 250 kg SC250JA bombSetup 2
5 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6 300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 320 / 1 647/1 440 / 1 797/500 / 623Repair
1 800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6 300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
106 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
130 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German bomber He 111 H-3. For other versions, see He 111 H-6 and He 111 H-16.


GarageImage He 111 H-3.jpg

The He 111 H-3 is a rank I German bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB) and 2.3 (SB). This bomber has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

The He 111 H-3 will often find itself in light vehicle battles due to its battle rating. The sole purpose of the He 111 H-3 is to destroy as many ground targets as it possibly can to aid in winning the match.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
416 402 8 500 34.0 34.7 3.7 3.7 510
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
463 435 8 500 32.1 33.0 9.9 6.3 510


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
420 ~3 ~2
Optimal velocities
< 310 < 300 < 270 > 332
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,300 m 930 hp 1,190 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 10 mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat
  • 5 mm Steel plate under nose gunner
  • 6 mm Steel plate under ventral gunner
  • 8 mm Steel plate in front of the dorsal gunner
  • 8 mm Steel plates in the fuselage
  • 8.5 mm Steel plate angled in the fuselage


Suspended armament

The He 111 H-3 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 32 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (1,600 kg total)
  • 8 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (2,000 kg total)

Defensive armament

Main article: MG 15 (7.92 mm)

The He 111 H-3 is defended by:

  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, 2 x nose turret (375 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, dorsal turret (750 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, 2 x beam turret (375 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, 2 x ventral turret (375 rpg front-facing + 750 rpg rear-facing)

Usage in battles

Upon spawning, you should put the plane into a slight climb, so it gains speed and altitude. Head immediately to nearest key ground targets. You can ask your teammates to provide escort, but the He 111 H-3 is quite durable and can absorb a lot of damage before falling. Next, drop your payload into the targets. Here, it is better to use the 32 x 50 kg bombs, as the 8 x 250 kg will be better suited for bombing bases and isn't needed to destroy vehicles.

In battles without bases, it would be wise to immediately head toward and carpet bomb targets after spawning, either until you are dead or have destroyed all key targets in an area. Most of your adversaries won't be equipped with cannons, so if enemy fighters decide to attack you, you can act as a distraction while your teammates eliminate key targets.

In ground strike maps with tanks, equip the 8 x 250 kg bombs and either do high altitude base bombing or go for their tanks, ships or pillboxes. A 2x bombing run with the 8 x 250 kg will be enough to destroy a bombing point, and a single direct hit from a 250kg bomb will surely destroy any ground targets like pillboxes and heavy tanks. Lead the targets before dropping your bombs; it's not easy but becomes easier with practice. If you're not used to bombing moving targets, hit static ones like pillboxes.

You can do the same thing as stated for Arcade mode, which also works well in Realistic/Simulator Battles, or just go for bases with the 8 x 250 kg loadout. 2,000 kg will be enough to destroy a bombing point. Just ensure that you stay alive during your trip back to the base.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm
II Compressor Airframe ITC 250/VIIIb
III Wings repair Engine New 7 mm MGs (turret)
IV Engine injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Resilient against small arms fire, which is common at the rank
  • Amazing stock bomb load of 32 x 50 kg bombs
  • Good roll and turn rate for a bomber
  • Decent speed
  • Can carry an efficient maximum 2,000 kg of payload
  • Can perform well in Rank II battles despite being a Rank I aircraft
  • Defensive armament is decent against biplanes
  • Favourable matchmaking for what it's capable of
  • All payload options are internal
  • Provides a very good learning curve to the next H-6 and H-16 models


  • Defensive armament is inadequate against planes when up-tiered
  • Like all He 111 models, it suffers from poor gunner placements
  • Cannot dive bomb like the Ju 88 A-4
  • Has a cockpit made almost entirely of glass, which provides almost no protection for the pilot
  • Tail controls can be easily damaged
  • Cannons with high explosive filler are a threat


First appearing in November 1939, the He 111 H3 was intended for level bombing as well as anti-shipping work. The type was supplied to Romania and also license-built in that country. The subsequent H-4 and 5 variants were powered by improved engines and featured increased bomb loads.[1]

In-game description

The Heinkel He 111 was a German monoplane medium bomber (also torpedo bomber and attack bomber). The Hе 111 H-3 entered production in November 1939 and could also be used in a naval bomber role. However, its defensive armament was not particularly effective, with limited defensive arcs and a very low rate of fire of only 540 rounds per minute.

The He 111 H-3 had a crew of five, but when used in a maritime role, this would usually be increased to six. The bomber was powered by Jumo 211 D-1 engines with a takeoff power of 1,200 HP. Up to 2,000 kg of bombs could be housed in the bomb bay; the left section of the bay could also house extra fuel tanks.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


  1. Green, William. Warplanes of the Third Reich. New York: Galahad Books, 1990

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.

Heinkel Aircraft Company (Heinkel Flugzeugwerke)
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