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Heinkel He.113 (He.100D-1) propaganda fighter.


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hawkeyededic #1 Posted 06 October 2017 - 09:49 PM

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He.100D-1 posed as the spurious He.113 'White 21' of nonexistent fighter 'Blitzgeschwader', Spring 1940.

 


The Heinkel He 113 was a fictitious German fighter aircraft of World War II, invented for a propaganda and disinformation exercise.

 

In 1940, Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels publicized the fact that a new fighter was entering service with the Luftwaffe. The plan involved taking pictures of Heinkel He 100 D-1s at different air bases around Germany, each time sporting a new paint job for various fictional fighter groups. The pictures were then published in the press with the He 113 name, sometimes billed as night fighters (even though they did not even have a landing light).

 

The aircraft also appeared in a series of "action shot" photographs in various magazines such as Der Adler, including claims that it had proven itself in combat in Denmark and Norway. One source claims that the aircraft were on loan to the one Luftwaffe Staffel in Norway for a time, but this might be a case of the same misinformation working many years later.

 

It is unclear even today exactly who this effort was intended to impress—foreign air forces or Germany's public—but it seems to have been a successful deception. British intelligence featured the aircraft in AIR 40/237, a report on the Luftwaffe that was completed in 1940. It states the aircraft was in production and reports of 113s encountered and shot down were listed throughout the early years of the war.

 

<<<NOTE>>>

There are two versions of included in this download.

 

First is Custom version with all markings painted on, this version requires the files to remove the German markings..

 

Second is a Default version with no markings painted on. This version is intended to use the default markings; therefore no additional files are required to use this version.

 

You can download it at: He113_white21.zip You may also need the files to remove the default German markings found HERE.

 



 

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MagusGerhardt #2 Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:55 PM

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