Heinkel He 111 – The Latter Years, by Chris Goss, Frontline Books, 158pp, illus, sbk, £14.99
Well known author and FlyPast contributor Chris Goss is the man behind this excellent collection of images depicting one of the Luftwaffe’s best known World War Two bombers. It’s a follow-up volume to a publication that focused on the earlier years of the Heinkel’s use, this time gathering photographs of the aircraft during the ‘Blitz’ of Europe, the war in the east and during the eventual fall of Germany. The author’s remarkable archive of World War Two images is put to good use here, and each picture is accompanied by detailed captions. It concludes with a chapter that showcases colour photographs – always a fascinating addition to any publication focusing on the war years. The He 111 was the main work-horse of the Luftwaffe’s bomber force throughout much of the war, equipping three Kampfgeschwaders when Hitler launched Operation Barborossa – the invasion of Russia – in June 1941. Heinkel He 111 – The Latter Years vividly brings this famous aircraft’s operations to life.