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 aircraft He 111 H-3. For other uses, see He 111 (Family).


GarageImage He 111 H-3.jpg

The He 111 H-3 is a Rank I German medium bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB) and 2.3 (SB). It 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 win the battle.

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
415 402 8 500 34.3 34.7 2.3 3.7 510
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
463 435 8 500 31.8 33.0 12.2 6.3 510


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
480 350 420 ~2 ~1
Optimal velocities
< 310 < 300 < 270 > 190
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,300 m 1,860 hp 2,381 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 dorsal gunner
  • 8 mm Steel plates in fuselage
  • 8.5 Steel plate angled in the fuselage


Suspended armament

The options available for the He 111 H-3 are:

  • 32 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs
  • 8 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs

Defensive armament

Main article: MG 15 (7.92 mm)

The He 111 H-3 is armed with:

  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, dorsal turret (750 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, forward ventral turret (375 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, rear ventral turret (750 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, 2 x beam turret (375 rpg = 750 total)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun, 2 x nose turret (375 rpg = 750 total)

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 32x50kg bombs, as the 8x250kg 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 8x250kg bombs and either do high altitude base bombing or go for their tanks, ships or pillboxes. A 2x bombing run with the 8x250kg 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 this Realistic, or just go for bases with the 8x250 kg loadout. 2000 kg will be enough to destroy a bombing point in RB. Just ensure that you stay alive during your trip back to the base.

You can do the same thing as stated for Arcade mode, which works well in Simulator, or just go for bases with the 8x250 kg loadout. 2000 kg will be enough to destroy a bombing point in SB. 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 controllable Controllable Combined Not controllable 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
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons


  • Resilient against small arms fire, which is common at its tier
  • 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 2000 kg of payload
  • Can perform well in Rank II battles despite being a Rank I aircraft
  • New flight model after 1.65 and a newly designed cockpit
  • Defensive armament is decent against biplanes
  • Very low BR for what it's capable of
  • All payload options are internal
  • Provides a very good learning curve to the next H6 and H16 models


  • Defensive armament is inadequate against planes at higher BR that it faces
  • 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]

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.


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See also

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