Dornier Do 217


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Dornier Do 217

First flown in August 1938, the Do 217 was a development of the Do 17 and remained in production until the latter part of 1943. The first production version was the Do 217E, which was used during 1940 and 1941 as a bomber and for attacks on convoys. It was powered by two BMW 801A engines and armed with one fixed MG 151 and one flexible MG 151 machine-gun in the nose; one MG 131 in a manually operated dorsal turret; one MG 131 in a lower rear-firing position; and two MG 15s in lateral-firing positions.

The E-2 sub-version was similar but had an electrically operated turret, while the E-5 had attachments under the outer wings for two Hs 293 glider bombs for attacking convoys - special equipment for controlling these bombs was installed in the fuselage.

The Do 217J was a night fighter developed from the E, to which it was structurally similar but for having a redesigned solid armoured nose fitted with four 20mm MG FF cannon and four 7.92mm MG 17 machine-guns; the upper and lower rear guns of the E-2 were retained. Special night-flying equipment was installed and for some time Js were the standard Luftwaffe night fighter.

The Do 217K was a further development of the E, the distinguishing feature of this version being a redesigned deeper and more rounded nose. The Do 217K-1 was a bomber; but the K-2 with 24.4 m wings was equipped to carry two FX 1400 Fritz X radio-controlled armour-piercing bombs for attacking armoured ships. Another novelty in the K was the fitting of a battery of four fixed rearward-firing MG 81 machine-guns in the tail-cone. Like the E and J, the K had BMW 801 engines.

A change of power plant to the Daimler-Benz DB 603 led to the Do 217M, which was otherwise similar to the K and was the latest version of the Do 217 in service at the time of Germany's capitulation. The Do 217N was a night-fighter variant of the M, with armament that could include two or four fixed upward-firing guns.

The final variant of the Do 217 was the P, developed as a very high-altitude bomber and reconnaissance aircraft with a pressurised cabin for the crew of four. First flown in June 1942, this version failed to enter production, as did the further developed Do 317. In total about 1,700 Do 217s were constructed for the Luftwaffe and a few Do 217J night fighters also served with Italy.

Do 217K-1

Mark, e-mail, 20.09.2012 16:53

Do-217 M-1

Crew: 4
Length: 17.00 m (55 ft 9 in)
Wingspan: 19.00 m (62 ft 4 in)
Height: 4.96 m (16 ft 3 1⁄2 in)
Wing area: 57.00 m2 (613.54 ft2)
Empty weight: 9,100 kg (20,062 lb)
Max. takeoff weight: 16,700 kg (36,817 lb)
Powerplant: 2 × DB 603A 12-cylinder inverted-vee engine, 1,750 PS (1,726 hp, 1,287 kW) each


Maximum speed: 557 km /h at 5,700 m (347 mph at 18,700 ft)
Cruise speed: 400 km /h (248 mph)
Range: 2,145 km (1,332 mi)
Service ceiling: 7,370 m (24,180 ft (with max bombload))
Rate of climb: 210 m /min (688 ft /min)


4 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 81 machine guns in nose and lateral positions
2 × 13 mm (.51 in) MG 131 machine guns in dorsal and ventral positions
Max Load 4,000 kilograms (8,800 lb) internally & externally.
Max Internal Load 2,517 kilograms (5,550 lb).


Jim Wood, e-mail, 30.04.2012 05:34

The NSDAP, the Dornier, and seig heil went the way of the hula hoop in 1945 - Looks as if some ideologies are difficult to release.


baiwang, 20.06.2011 05:29

More a question - what was the operational radius with a max internal and external load of the D0 217M


Wryter, e-mail, 09.04.2011 14:14

Glad this aircraft has been found and hopefully will be raised and restored to it' former self. Nice to see


wlkriessmann, e-mail, 26.09.2010 08:40

My only acquaintance with that very nice aircraft :May 3rd 1944 at the airfield Fassberg GR+ZR a few "Platzrunden " , I never had a chance to pick one up at the factory.


florin44, e-mail, 11.04.2010 23:04

Great plane, for it's time! I have a 1 /48 Revell kit and I found a lot of 3 views and color profiles, spendng many hours on the net. Unfortunatelly, most of the photos are only WWII black&white, so it's rather difficult to see details. But I think that the kit is generous enough.


bill marshall, e-mail, 10.07.2008 01:32

More a question - what was the operational radius with a max internal and external load of the D0 217M?


BRI'AN, 16.10.2007 05:18



G Davis, e-mail, 11.09.2007 02:21

A stout and not big bomber that served the Luftwaffe well,with features like automatic dive brakes,armored protection for crew as well as engines, and a form of self sealing fuel tanks made the 217 a plane to be reckoned with, and the nightfighter a plane perfect for it's mission


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