D-2305 Werknummer 427

The He 64 with the most eventful and best explored fate. She has most probably the most flight hours until its unhappy scrapping. Please look also at the report of the ferry to Rhodesia by Hallam Elton , as well as the e-mail-exchange of the author with theprobably last living Human, who has flown the aircraft.

Date Registration Owner Remarks
August 1932 D-2305 He GmbH, Warnemünde participation contest
as 'E2', pilot
Junck/mechanic Beese
April 1933 G-ACBS Handley-Page proving flights at the name-giver of the flap/slat-system
  K3596 Royal Aircraft Establishment proving flights, testflight data aquisition
1935 VP-YBI C.H. Perrem, Umtali,
service as private tourist plane report about the ferry here
February 1950 VP-YBI Neville ‘Bowks’ Bowker,
Umtali, Rhodesia
Private aircraft, reconaissance for grounds to plant tobaccowitness-report Collen Bowker
1951 VP-YBI Louis Malloch, Umtali,
Private aircraft
1952 VP-YBI   scrapped

After D-2305's participation in the 1932 tourist plane contest, in which Werner Junck and his 'mechanic' Beese scored 14.

the aircraft was retrofitted with a DH Gipsy III-engine and in december 1932 sold to england, where it initially was flight-tested as G-ACBS by Handley-Page. From Juli 1933 to september 1935 it was examined by the Royal Aircraft Establishment, registered as K3596.
the file with english registration. Click to enlarge

The D-2305 as G-ACBS at Handley Page

The results have been published as a 10-page-study: 'full scale tests of slots & flaps Heinkel He.64' by the scientist Herbert Brian Squire (1909-1961).

Display (slowflight) in front of Sir Handley Page. at the controls: Capt. Cordes (Foto: Flight)
Capt. Cordes landing (Foto: Flight)

1935 the aircraft was sold into private hands and left Europe towards Rhodesia: C.H. Perrem, a businessman from Rhodesia aquired the aircraft which was ferried to Umtali (nowadays: Mutare) by his friend, Mr. Elton, a farmer in the vicinity of Umtali. There, it got the registration VP-YBI.

The Perrems on their tour to England 1938 (Foto: Flight)
Mr. Perrem visited England together with his wife in 1938 flying the Heinkel. During worldwar II, the aircraft was laid up in Rhodesia. 1945, Mr. Perrem and his wife undertook a 6000 mile trip with it around Southern Rhodesia, South West Africa (now Namibia) and South Africa. According to Mr. Perrem, obviously the first private aircraft in southern africa after the war. Mr. Perrem wrote, that the Heinkel always was a dependable companion, which did not only serve well on his touristic flights, but also at his business appointments. He mentioned especially the excellent slow-flying capabilities which enabled him to take-off and land ad the smallest airfields safely. Mr. Perrem modified the canopy to arrange the flying with closed and open canopy more comfortably ('without the vibrational drumming one gets in a small cabin').

Mr. Perrem sold his Heinkel in february 1950 to Neville 'Bowks' Bowker, who used her to explore grounds for a new farm in Northern Rhodesia to grow Tobacco.

VP-YBI as reconaissance-plane for the Bowker family

Another impressive view

1951 she was sold to Mr. Louis Malloch, who unfortunately crashed her during landing soon after.

The modified VP-YBI at Rhodesia

Alas! the final shape...

All in all, framenumber 427 flew more than 1000 hours. 1952 it met the fate of most wooden aircraft of the 30's: it was abandoned at Belvedere Airport, Salisbury (now Harare) and soon became derelict. According to a witness, the picture was instead taken aside of Perrems landing strip in Umtali.

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