He 111 H-3
|This page is about the aircraft He 111 H-3. For other uses, see He 111 (Family).|
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.
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
| Max Speed
(km/h at 6,000 m)
|Max altitude (meters)||Turn time (seconds)|| Rate of climb
|Take-off run (meters)|
|Combat flap||Take-off flap||Landing flap||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
| Wing-break speed
| Gear limit
| Combat flap
|Max Static G|
|< 310||< 300||< 270||> 190|
|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
The options available for the He 111 H-3 are:
- 32 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs
- 8 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs
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
|Not controllable||Controllable||Not controllable||Controllable||Combined||Not controllable||Not controllable|
|I||Fuselage Repair||Radiator||Turret 7 mm|
|III||Wings Repair||Engine||New 7 mm MGs|
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.
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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- Green, William. Warplanes of the Third Reich. New York: Galahad Books, 1990