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Dornier Do 17, Do 215 and Do 217: books - history

A book on the Dornier Do 17, Do 215 or Do 217? Here are illustrated books on the history and technology of Dornier combat aircraft.

Dornier Do17 : The 'Flying Pencil' in the Luftwaffe Service

Designed both as a military and civil aircraft, the Dornier Do 17 'Flying Pencil', so called because of its slender fuselage, was one of three twin-engined medium bombers in service with the Luftwaffe at the start of the Second World War. Its service with the Legion Condor during the Spanish Civil War, mainly in the reconnaissance role, so impressed the Luftwaffe that high priority was allocated to the aircraft as both a bomber and reconnaissance aircraft.

The Do 17 was loved by its crews. It served over Poland, France and the Low Countries, Britain, the Balkans, Greece and the Soviet Union, often without escort and against increasing and improved fighter opposition. Despite a comparatively light bomb-load and limited range, the ultimate version, Do 17Z, possessed good manoeuvrability and during the Luftwaffe's campaign against England in 1940, it was preferred for low-level attacks on British airfields and installations, though its lack of protection made it vulnerable.

Though production ceased in October 1940, the sleek Do 17 could be found on the strength of Luftwaffe units to the end of the war operating as a glider tug, night reconnaissance platform, research aircraft and trainer.
In this book Luftwaffe historian, Chris Goss, recounts the operational history of the Do 17, perhaps the least understood and often forgotten of the Luftwaffe's medium bombers.

Author:Chris Goss
Specs:304 pages, 31 x 23.5 x 2.7 cm / 12.2 x 9.25 x 1.06 in, hardback
Illustrations:700+ photographs and drawings
Publisher:Crecy Publishing (GB, 2020)
EAN:9781906537555
Book: Dornier Do17 : The 'Flying Pencil' in the Luftwaffe Service

Dornier Do17 : The 'Flying Pencil' in the Luftwaffe Service

Language: English

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Dornier Do 17 the Luftwaffe's 'Flying Pencil' : Rare Luftwaffe Photographs from Wartime Collections (Air War Archive)

For the first three years of the Second World War, the Dornier Do 17 was the Luftwaffe's principal light bomber. Designed to be fast enough to outrun contemporary fighter aircraft, the Dornier helped to spearhead Germany's Blitzkrieg as Hitler's armies raced through Poland and then France and the Low Countries.

Until its withdrawal to secondary duties in 1941, the Dornier Do 17 served in every theatre of war involving German forces. This included the invasion of the Balkans and Greece as well as the battle to capture Crete. After suffering heavy losses at the hands of Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain, the Do 17 was employed in Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

The Do 17 was withdrawn from frontline service later in 1941 but continued to be used by the German Air Force in various roles until the end of the war, including seeing service as a glider tug and in the defence of the Reich in 1944 as a night fighter.

In this compilation of unrivalled images collected over many years, and now part of Frontline's new War in the Air series, the widespread deployment of the Dornier Do 17 is portrayed and brought to life.

Author:Chris Goss
Specs:128 pages, 24.5 x 19 cm / 9.7 x 7.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:200 b&w photographs
Publisher:Frontline Books (GB, 2016)
EAN:9781848324718
Book: Dornier Do 17 the Luftwaffe's 'Flying Pencil' : Rare Luftwaffe Photographs from Wartime Collections (Air War Archive)

Dornier Do 17 the Luftwaffe's 'Flying Pencil' : Rare Luftwaffe Photographs from Wartime Collections

Language: English

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Dornier Do 17 in the Battle of Britain - The 'Flying Pencil' in the Spitfire Summer

During Britain's desperate struggle for survival that in the summer of 1940, the Dornier Do 17 played a prominent part in raids designed at neutralising the RAF's ability to resist and the British people's will to fight back.
Having been built to outrun contemporary fighters when introduced into the Luftwaffe in 1937, it had become the Luftwaffe's main light bomber, and for the attack against Britain, three bomber wings, KG 2, KG3 and KG77, were equipped with the Do 17.
But by 1940, the Do 17 was nearing obsolescence and, with its weak defensive armament, it fell prey to Fighter Command's Hurricanes and Spitfires.

Its vulnerability was starkly revealed on 18 August 1940, when eight Dorniers were shot down and nine damaged in attacks on RAF Kenley, and on 15 September - Battle of Britain Day - when twenty were shot down and a further thirteen damaged.
On that day, Sergeant Ray Holmes rammed his Hurricane into a Do 17 that was reportedly aiming for Buckingham Palace. Part of the bomber's wreckage fell to earth near Victoria Station.

In this comprehensive pictorial record of the Do 17, the bomber's role throughout the period of the Battle of Britain is displayed in the author's unique collection of British and German photographs.
These photographs, coupled with first-hand stories from those who flew and those who fought against the Do 17, bring those desperate days and dark nights back to life in the manner which only contemporary images and accounts can achieve.

Author:Chris Goss
Specs:232 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:200 b&w photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2021)
EAN:9781526781208
Book: Dornier Do 17 in the Battle of Britain - The 'Flying Pencil' in the Spitfire Summer

Dornier Do 17 in the Battle of Britain - The 'Flying Pencil' in the Spitfire Summer

Language: English

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Dornier Do 17 Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

Initially designed as a high-speed mail aeroplane and airliner, the Do 17 first made an appearance as a military aircraft in the Spanish Civil War, both as a bomber and in reconnaissance roles.
In the early stages of World War II, it, together with the Heinkel He 111, formed the backbone of the German bomber arm over Poland, France, Belgium and the Low Countries, and saw action in almost every major campaign in this period.

However, by the start of the Battle of Britain, the Do 17's limited range and small bomb load meant that it was ripe for replacement by the Ju 88. Though it performed well at lower altitudes, the model suffered heavy losses during raids, particularly during the Blitz and were increasingly phased out.

This fully illustrated study uses detailed full-colour artwork and authoritative text from an expert author to tell the full operation story of one of Nazi Germany's best light bombers from the early years of World War II.

Author:Chris Goss
Specs:96 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:70 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2019)
Series:Combat Aircraft (129)
EAN:9781472829634
Book: Dornier Do 17 Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

Dornier Do 17 Units of World War 2

Language: English

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Dornier Do 215: Luftwaffe and Other Operators 1938-1945

This new book describes the Do 215's operations with the Luftwaffe's secretive Aufklärungsgruppe Ob.d.L., both in wartime operations in the West and in civil disguise in preparation for Operation Barbarossa in 1941 and during the invasion itself.
It describes its lineage from the dedicated reconnaissance aircraft Do 17R, as well as the development of the Do 17 Z-7/Z-10 which preceded the Do 215 B-5 nightfighter, one of the first aircraft to employ radar and infrared sighting equipment. The Do 215 was also the chosen aircraft of several leading Luftwaffe commanders, including Josef Kammhuber, Albert Kesselring and Erhard Milch.

Following many years of extensive research the author describes the covert reconnaissance, night-fighter and staff transport service of the Do 215 and how the type was affected by the protracted development of the Dornier's DB 600 and DB 601 powerplants.
He also uncovers details of the export efforts made by Nazi Germany with Yugoslavia, Romania, Sweden, The Netherlands, the Soviet Union and other nations, as well as the late war Hungarian operation of the Do 215.

With hundreds of rare photographs, specially commissioned colour artwork, technical and performance data, details on camouflage and markings, production and loss lists, Mikael Olrog presents a fascinating and revealing account of the often overlooked and misunderstood Dornier Do 215.

Author:Mikael Olrog
Specs:272 pages, 31 x 23.5 x 2.3 cm / 12.2 x 9.25 x 0.91 in, hardback
Illustrations:350 b&w and colour photographs + drawings
Publisher:Crecy Publishing (GB, 2017)
EAN:9781906537524
Book: Dornier Do 215: Luftwaffe and Other Operators 1938-1945

Dornier Do 215: Luftwaffe and Other Operators 1938-1945

Language: English

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Dornier Do 217 1941-1945: A Combat and Photographic Record in Luftwaffe Service 1941-1945

The Dornier Do 217 represented the refinement of German twin-engined bomber design, a progression from the earlier Do 17. From 1941, the Do 217 became the mainstay of the Luftwaffe's bomber arm in the West, equipping four Gruppen for operations over Britain.
It carried out day and night attacks on British shipping, coastal targets, towns and industrial centres, both in formation and in lone attacks known to the German crews as 'Pirate' operations. These missions, though achieving some success, were undertaken at considerable cost to the crews of the Do 217s, a measure of the strength of opposition it encountered in the RAF's nightfighter squadrons, improved radar and anti-aircraft defences.

As the demand from Germany's battlefronts grew from early 1942, the Do 217, albeit in very limited numbers, was developed into a radar-equipped nightfighter. In the Mediterranean it was used as an effective maritime strike aircraft, launching highly developed stand-off bombs and remotely-controlled glide-bomb weapons in the form of the 'Fritz X' and Hs 293 which accounted for the destruction or damage of several notable warships.
It was also used as a night reconnaissance aircraft on the Eastern Front and over Britain in the Luftwaffe's 1942 'Baedeker Blitz'.

Following extensive research, including interviews and correspondence with former aircrew and their families, renowned Luftwaffe historian, Chris Goss, has documented the operational history of the Do 217 and offers the most comprehensive account so far published in the English language.
The story is complemented by hundreds of rare photographs, many never before published, as well specially commissioned colour artwork.

Author:Chris Goss
Specs:184 pages, 30.5 x 23 x 2 cm / 12 x 9.1 x 0.79 in, hardback
Illustrations:250+ b&w photographs
Publisher:Crecy Publishing (GB, 2022)
EAN:9781906537586
Book: Dornier Do 217 1941-1945: A Combat and Photographic Record in Luftwaffe Service 1941-1945

Dornier Do 217 1941-1945: A Combat and Photographic Record in Luftwaffe Service 1941-1945

Language: English

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Dornier Do 217 Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

The Do 217 had a much larger bomb load capacity and had considerably greater range than the Do 17, which it replaced in frontline service from mid to late 1941. Although initially used simply as a bomber, later variants were developed to allow the Do 217 to undertake the precision maritime strike role.
In order to perform the latter mission, the Do 217 was modified to launch glide bombs - units employing these pioneering weapons enjoyed some success in the Mediterranean from the autumn of 1943.

During the course of these operations the Do 217 became the first aircraft in military aviation history to deploy a precision-guided bomb in combat in the form of the 'Fritz X' radio-guided, free-fall weapon, which sank the Italian battleship Roma shortly after Italy capitulated in September 1943.
The Do 217 served on all fronts, and was often used on anti-shipping strikes during the Battle of the Atlantic and against the Allied invasion fleet at Normandy. This versatile aircraft was also converted into a nightfighter, seeing action in the Defense of the Reich through to war's end.

This highly illustrated study explores the design and development of the Do 217 and chronicles its use in the frontline as a strategic bomber, launch platform for first generation precision weapons, reconnaissance aircraft and nightfighter, among others.

Author:Chris Goss
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs, drawings in colour
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2021)
Series:Combat Aircraft (139)
EAN:9781472846174
Book: Dornier Do 217 Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

Dornier Do 217 Units of World War 2

Language: English

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