Do 17 file photo [3035]

Do 17

CountryGermany
ManufacturerDornier Flugzeugwerke
Primary RoleLight Bomber
Maiden Flight23 November 1934

Contributor:

ww2dbaseThe Do 17 light (ie. fast) bombers were developed by Dornier in 1933 under the guise of civilian mail carriers, but they were in actuality bombers capable of outrunning pursuing fighters. To reduce drag, their fuselages were made as narrow as possible, hence earning the nickname Fliegender Bleistift from pilots. In 1937, Do 17P aircraft began service with Luftwaffe's long range reconnaissance units allocated to the German Army. Do 17P aircraft "rendered excellent service", recalled General der Flieger Paul Deichmann after the war. During the campaigns in Poland and France, Do 17Z aircraft served in Air Corps VIII as capable low level bombers. They were finally replaced by the modern Do 217 aircraft beginning in 1941. Several Axis nations such as Yugoslavia and Finland also employed the service of Do 17 aircraft in their air forces.

ww2dbaseSources: Spearhead for Blitzkrieg, Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: Mar 2007

Do 17 Timeline

23 Nov 1934 The Dornier Do 17 twin-engine light bomber took flight for the first time.

SPECIFICATIONS

Do 17Z-2
MachineryTwo BMW Bramo 323P Fafnir 9-cylinder radial engines rated at 1,000hp each
Armament67.92mm MG 15 or 5x7.92mm MG 15 and 1x20mm MG FF cannon
Crew4
Span18.00 m
Length15.80 m
Height4.55 m
Wing Area55.00 m
Weight, Empty5,209 kg
Weight, Maximum8,850 kg
Speed, Maximum427 km/h
Service Ceiling8,200 m
Range, Normal1,160 km

Photographs

Do 17Z aircraft refueling, date unknownFinnish Do 17Z bomber resting at an airfield, date unknownBombadier working aboard a Do 17Z aircraft, date unknownWith a streak of black smoke behind it, this Do 17 aircraft was losing altitude due to battle damage, date unknown
See all 18 photographs of Do 17 Light Bomber



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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
14 Jan 2011 09:51:32 AM

THE BOMBER THAT NEVER WAS: Another bomber not listed is the Dornier Do19 The Luftwaffe lacked a 4-engine heavy bomber the bombers advocate was General Walther Wever the Luftwaffe's First Chief of Staff. DEATH OF THE DORNIER DO 19 Both Dornier and Junkers built prototypes when General Wever was killed in a air crash the program died with him. His successors developed twin-engine bombers and believed they would be more effective.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
14 Jan 2011 12:59:06 PM

Three Dornier Do19s were built, one flew the other two were scrapped. The remaining prototype was transfered to the Luftwaffe, and operated with transport gruppe KGrzbv.105 SHORTSIGHTED: The Do19 could have been developed into the 4-engine bomber the Luftwaffe needed. When World War II started the need for a long range bomber was seen However, much of the development time had been lost. Long-range bombing missions would have been more effective against Britain and Russia. Hermann Goring upon advice from Wever's successior's Kesselring, Udet and Milch killed the Do19. Goring shelved the bomber, and later said "The Fuhrer will never ask me how big our bombers are, but how many we have".
3. Anonlafontaine1@att.netymous says:
28 Jan 2019 07:30:51 AM

Fliegender Bleistift translated to "flying pencil."

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