Original German WWII Parachute Fragment From A Heinkel He 111 That Was Shot Down Over Birmingham, England on November 19, 1940

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic piece of history! This small parachute fragment, which comes in the frame, is from a German Heinkel He 111 that was shot down by AA fire while conducting a bombing raid over Birmingham, England on November 19, 1940.

The Heinkel He 111 was a German bomber aircraft designed by Siegfried and Walter Günter at Heinkel Flugzeugwerke in 1934. Through development it was described as a "wolf in sheep's clothing". Due to restrictions placed on Germany after the First World War prohibiting bombers, it masqueraded as a civil airliner, although from conception the design was intended to provide the nascent Luftwaffe with a fast medium bomber.

Perhaps the best-recognised German bomber due to the distinctive, extensively glazed "greenhouse" nose of later versions, the Heinkel He 111 was the most numerous Luftwaffe bomber during the early stages of World War II. The bomber fared well until the Battle of Britain, when its weak defensive armament was exposed. Nevertheless, it proved capable of sustaining heavy damage and remaining airborne. As the war progressed, the He 111 was used in a wide variety of roles on every front in the European theater. It was used as a strategic bomber during the Battle of Britain, a torpedo bomber in the Atlantic and Arctic, and a medium bomber and a transport aircraft on the Western, Eastern, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and North African Front theatres.

This parachute piece is from the unit 2 Staffel. / Kampfgeschwader 55. The following crewman were aboard the aircraft:

Pilot: Oberleutnant Hans Klawe (KIA)
Observer: Feldwebel Wilhelm Gutekunst (Baled out and captured)
Radio Operator: Unteroffizier Rudolf Zeitz (Balled out and captured)
Gunner: Gefreiter Xaver Nirschel (KIA)

The framed piece comes with a packet of research that was pulled on a website that covered the history and excavation of the site where the German bomber crashed in England. The frame is 10 ¼” x 8 ¼” and comes more than ready for further research and display.

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