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German Do 17 aircraft and DFS 230 gliders, Italy, 1943

Caption   German Do 17 aircraft and DFS 230 gliders, Italy, 1943 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 101I-565-1407-35A
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 19 Nov 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Mar 2011 10:05:54 PM

Do-17E the "Flying Pencil" created as a fast
mail plane, when in reality a fast bomber.
The Do-17 has been overshadowed by the He-111
and the Ju-88, later model Do-17s served as
night-fighters and the roll as bomber.


Yugoslavia ordered the Do-17 and rights to licence-production. They would be powered by
French Gnome-Rhone radial engines, and equipped with Belgian machine guns, Hispano 20mm cannon and Czechoslovak cameras for reconnassiance work.
The modifications led to a more capable a/c than early Do-17s used by the Luftwaffe.

When Germany attacked Yugoslavia in 1941 many of the Sixty bombers in service were destroyed on the ground some a/c carried out
bombing attacks against German positions before being lost in combat.

Two a/c escaped to Egypt carrying King Peter
and members of his Government, Seven flew gold to Greece, the Germans captured Eighteen
Do-17s and the Italians captured Two, Eleven were supplied to Bulgaria in 1940, and Eleven ex-Yugoslavia Do-17s in 1941, Eleven to Croatia, Romania Ten, Hungary One Do-17, Switzerland operated One Do-17 interned 1940
The USAAF operated One Do-17 and named her
"Axis Sally" tested after the war.


Bulgaria returned Four to Yugoslavia after WWII, they served into the 1950s until replaced with Russian and Western aircraft.

Finland retired its Do-17s in 1954,

The above file photo, shows an early Do-17E
Model with liquid-cooled engines in Luftwaffe service.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
11 Mar 2011 10:14:51 PM

Do17s were used to tow gliders, after being withdrawn from combat duties that started in 1942 aircraft could belong to I./LLG or

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