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Gibbes' Australian Heinkel He 100D-4 Trop RAAF by comradeloganov Gibbes' Australian Heinkel He 100D-4 Trop RAAF by comradeloganov
In October 1942, this Heinkel He 100D-4 Trop (Werknummer unknown) was found on Martuba airfield (LG 4). It was restored to flying condition by mechanics of 3 Squadron RAAF and given the serial number HK849. The plane received standard RAF camouflage used for planes in Africa: Dark Earth and Middle Stone on upper surfaces and sides, lower surfaces were painted with Azure Blue.

This He 100 was flown on 2 November 1942 by Squadron Leader Bobby Gibbes. Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes DSO, DFC & Bar, OAM was a leading Australian fighter ace of World War II. He was officially credited with shooting down 10 enemy aircraft, although his score is often reported as 12 destroyed. Born in rural New South Wales, Gibbes worked as a jackaroo and salesman before joining the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in February 1940. Posted to the Middle East in May 1941, he became commanding officer of No. 3 Squadron RAAF during the North African campaign, where his leadership and fighting skills earned him the Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar. Besides Gibbes, 'Dora' was also flown by Flight Lieutenant Ron Watt. On 8 December 1942, HK849 was handed over to Gazala where it was piloted mainly by Pilot Officer Reg Pfeiffer.
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:iconjoshuatree1967:
I think the best fighter by the end of WW2 must be the Mustang P51
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comradeloganov May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's certainly popular! A real classic, to be sure!
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:iconzerorm:
The Heinkel 100, huh? That thing was a real speed demon.

Must have been interesting to fly.
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comradeloganov Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's a very lovely plane. It's been a joy to profile.
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:iconzerorm:
And to think that this used the same engine as the Bf-109E but was 60 miles per hour faster? This thing could give a P-51 a run for its money! (in several books I've read the top speed was listed as anywhere from 394 mph to 416 mph)
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comradeloganov Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It was a fantastic aircraft, but you need to be careful with what you read about it. Hood's book is the only real authoritative source on it. Ernst Heinkel's claims about the aircraft as dubious at best.
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Yeah, point taken, but I DO know that it was a good deal faster than the 109 because it was so highly-tailored to the DB601, which ultimately led to its downfall as it couldn't adapt to new engines, and the 109E had priority for the DB601 but it could use other engines, such as Junkers types.
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comradeloganov Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that's sort of true, but it was more politics that killed the He 100 than anything else.
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Yeah there's that too...I'm not sure which it was: did the Government decide they didn't like Heinkel as much anymore or did they decide that they liked Messerschmit more than Heinkel out of the blue...or was it both Heinkel losing favor and Messerschmit gaining it?
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