The Heinkel He 59 was used for reconnaissance, rescue, and training.
Spanish Civil War
Heinkel He 59B-2s were used as night bombers and coastal patrolling by the Condor Legion in the Spanish Civil War.
World War II
Around 70 Heinkel He 59B-2s were in service at the start of World War II.
Used during the attack on Norway.
The Staffel Schwilben used twelve Heinkel He 59Bs to transport 120 soldiers to the River Maas to capture a bridge in Rotterdam. Four aircraft were lost to the Dutch.
- Küstenfliegergruppen: 106, 406, 506, 706
- Used for coastal patrols, mine laying, and reconnaissance
Battle of Britain
Heinkel He 59s were primarily used for coastal patrolling and air-sea rescue. Over 400 German airmen were rescued. 31 of the He 59s were shot down.