He 111 H-6
|This page is about the German bomber He 111 H-6. For other variants, see He 111 (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The He 111 H-6 is a rank II German bomber with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
A medium bomber which is surprisingly versatile as it can carry over 30 small bombs or up to 2 x 1,000 kg and a 250 kg, which are capable of destroying a base. It can also carry a Fritz X guided bomb. This plane rips easily and should not be used to dive bomb as previous German bombers have. Its gunners are underpowered and should not be trusted to defend against fighters. It is best to avoid contact with fighters, as while fast firing, the guns are very inaccurate.
Being a bomber, it has a poor turn time. It has 2 good engines making it possible to reach your target. The aircraft doesn't like dives or speeds greater than 500 km/h. In conclusion: don't turn, dive, climb too much, just go in a straight line.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 5,700 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 310||< 300||< 270||> 331|
Survivability and armour
- 5 mm Steel plate under nose gunner
- 10 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
- 8 mm Steel plate in front of the dorsal gunner
- 6 mm Steel plate under ventral gunner
- 8-8.5 mm Steel plates around beam gunner
Modifications and economy
1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
The He 111 H-6 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)
- 2 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bombs (2,000 kg total)
- 2 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bombs + 1 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb (2,250 kg total)
- 2 x F5W torpedoes
- 1 x 1,400 kg PC 1400 X bomb (1,400 kg total)
The He 111 H-6 is defended by:
- 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
- 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, dorsal turret (1,000 rpg)
- 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, 2 x beam turrets (1,000 rpg)
- 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, forward ventral turret (375 rpg)
- 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, rearward ventral turret (1,000 rpg)
- 1 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun, tail turret (1,000 rpg)
Usage in battles
The second of the He 111 series in the German aviation tree, the He 111 H-6 compares to its predecessor, the He 111 H-3, with new Jumo 211F engines which gives a substantial improvement in horsepower. Another improvement is in defensive armament in ammo load and positions. The overall aircraft now holds a total 6,375 rounds of available rounds for all seven machine guns, with the majority of the machine guns holding more rounds per load. Defensive gun arcs are improved with the addition of a tail turret to ward off trailing enemies.
- In simulator battles, the He 111 H-6 is a great plane to learn bombers from. It has a relatively flexible and heavy bomb load for a medium bomber, the cockpit is clear with glass, and it is a very easy and forgiving plane to handle. Its downside is the insufficient cooling of oil temperature. Although its pair of propellers do not contrarotate like the P-38, they still generate very little sideways torque when taking off which makes takeoff really easy to learn. While you accelerate on the runway, dip your nose down to be parallel with the ground once the airspeed goes over ~170 km/h, and extend combat and takeoff flaps only until you are over 200 km/h. This way you can gain more speed before lifting off.
- Bombing tactic is the same as in RB. Check the mini-map for the location of the bases. It is generally not a must to climb, which is unlike RB, but when you are bombing airfields you must be higher than ~2,500 m to avoid the AAA fire. The He 111 H-6 is still very responsive with wounds, missing flaps or damaged engine.
- Landing is also beginner-friendly. Although the He 111 is quite heavy, it handles way better than other bombers such as the Do 217 especially at lower speeds. The rudder is effective at correcting course and aligning with the airstrip properly. As the runway fills up to one third of the windscreen, cut throttle to drop speed to ~240 km/h, and deploy combat/takeoff flaps. Push the stick a little back to counter the lifting of the nose. Right before touchdown the airspeed should be around 190 km/h, with landing flaps extended and landing gears down. If the landing flaps create too much lift that makes you glide over too much of the airstrip, use takeoff flaps instead, and switch to landing flaps once you touched down. You can then brake until the plane reaches a full stop and not worry about a propeller strike, given that you fully deflect elevators upward.
Using the 1,400 kg Fritz X bomb could allow for the delivery of a single heavy payload onto a target with precision, with the cost of only allowing the He 111 H-6 to carry only one bomb for this purpose.
One thing that will be noticed upon equipping the Fritz X is the change in the bombing sights. Instead of a simple cross-hair for the bombing, two additional markings will be present in both cross-hairs of third-person view and the bombsight. Through the third-person view, the typically dotted cross-hair have a smaller vertical-dashed circle inside the cross-hair. Through the bomb-sight, it has transformed into a simple white cross-hair interrupting lines on all axis. These two additions indicate the borders that the Fritz X bomb can be guided into, indicating that the target only needs to be inside these inner boundaries to be able to attack the target.
Delivering the Fritz X is just like any other bomb release, fly over the target, align the cross-hair, and then drop the payload. However, unlike regular bombing, the player does not need to strictly have the target kept in the centre of the cross-hair to have the chance of hitting the target. Once the target is led to be inside the inner boundaries of the cross-hair increments, the bomb can be released and further guided into the target.
To guide the Fritz X after release, the default keys to control the guidance are [ALT] + W,S,A,D. To indicate this function is working, a white text on the bottom left of the corner should pop up reading "Vertical/Horizontal Guidance" following the percentage that the sight is deviating from the centre. With these controls, keep the cross-hair right onto the target as the bomb drops, which will eventually fall right into the target which is marked.
Contrary to some beliefs, the release of the Fritz X does not leave the plane completely vulnerable as the player has to focus on guiding the bomb. One could leave the bombsight, manoeuvre the plane however they like, then return to the bombsight that is still locked onto the original release location and continue guiding the bomb onto the target. Guidance can even be done while in third-person view, pilot view, and even gunner view, with varying degrees of success in being able to track the bomb towards the target. As such, there is a level of freedom the player still has when flying the He 111 H-6 after dropping the Fritz X to before its detonation onto the target, use these moments to quickly create some breather room for fine adjustments of the bomb on its way down.
The He 111 H-6 is a particularly large plane with weak defensive armaments consisting of only 7.92 mm machine guns. However, the machine guns cover decent arcs on the front and rear, plus have huge ammo reserves to be able to walk tracers into fighters that are not flying evasively. The best way to take one of these bombers down is to aim for the large elliptical wings that make up most of the surface area. Breaking one of these wings off with cannon fire will do quick work. Another way is to target the engines as the He 111 only has two and the loss of one will ensure it can't get very far for a fighter to line up an attack to finish it off.
- In simulator, fighter pilots may often find themselves flying lower than bombers like the He 111 H-6. This is a good news, as the He 111 has weak defensive guns facing downwards. An interceptor can fly lower than and overall parallel to a He 111, with a distance of around 600 m, and as soon as you are about to overtake the Heinkel, turn sharply towards it and shoot at its underbelly from the side. Another tactic to utilise is to perform head-on attacks. This especially useful against AI controlled Heinkels as they barely manoeuvre when being hit. New simulator pilots should never tail directly behind a He 111 H-6, as there will be a maximum of 3 x 7.92 mm MG facing towards you, their fast rate of fire can cripple a single engine fighter in seconds.
Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Auto control available
|Separate|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- Has the most versatile payload of all He 111 models, with a nice total payload of 2,250 kg with 2 x SC1000L2s and 1 x SC250JA bombs
- Quite easy to fly
- Very good turn rate for a bomber
- Resilient to small calibre machine gun fire
- Decent defensive armament, and with trained gunners can prevent enemy fighters from ripping it apart
- Can equip the "Fritz X" manually guided bomb
- Team effort with a group of He 111 H-6s can destroy a lot of moving naval targets such as destroyers and carriers
- Defensive armament is practically useless against tougher foes
- Tail control is easily damaged
- Incredibly low climb rate when stock (RB)
- Cockpit is a weak spot
- Enemy 20 mm cannon rounds will rip it to shreds
- Some payload options will be mounted externally, which slows the bomber down
- Easy target for SPAA players when flying low
The Heinkel He 111 was a German monoplane medium bomber (also torpedo bomber and attack bomber). The Hе 111 H-6 quickly became one of the most widely used variants of the Heinkel bomber. It saw action on all European fronts. Popular with aircrews, easy to fly and with excellent manoeuvrability, the bomber was widely used in a large number of roles.
In early 1942, the Luftwaffe planned to replace the He 111 with the new He 177 A heavy bomber and the Ju 288 medium bomber, but a large number of problems with the new designs meant that the He 111 remained in production despite becoming increasingly obsolete. The aircraft was easy to mass-produce, required comparatively little expense and was easy to maintain. It remained quite adequate on the Eastern Front, where anti-bomber opposition was relatively weak, even though the Heinkel's short range did not allow it to reach strategic targets deep in the Soviet rear.
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