Captured Luftwaffe Warplanes…Image No.1: A Dornier Do-335 Pfeil in American markings. Note the remnants of a destroyed He-162 Volksjäger in the foreground
The Dornier Do-17 Fliegender Bleistift…Image No.3: A formation of Do-17Z bombers
It has been reported that the sole surviving example of a Do-17 known to exist is going to be raised from its resting place in the English Channel.
The Dornier Do-17 Fliegender Bleistift…Image No.2: A Do-17Z in service with the Luftwaffe during World War II.
The ‘Z’ variant of the Flying Pencil, powered by two Bramo radials formed the bulk of subtype Do-17s produced. Over 450 Do-17Zs entered Luftwaffe service and was the last version built specifically as a bomber, with some adapted into the night fighter role
The Dornier Do-17 Fliegender Bleistift…Image No.1: A Do-17E variant in Spanish Nationalist livery around the period of the Spanish Civil War
The Do-17 Flying Pencil was alongside the He-111 and Junkers Ju-86 the key twin-engined bombers in service with the German Luftwaffe in the period from 1936 to the outbreak of World War II. The Do-17’s earliest designation was as a fast mail aircraft for the German state rail and latterly Lufthansa, however it was readily adapted to the bomber role with the advent of the Nazi regime and Goering’s rearmament program.
A French Ministry of Defense poster “Imminent Danger ! Silhouettes of main German bomber planes”,1940.
Interesting to note that the Ju-88 misses out on a mention, whilst the He-111 is shown in its pre-WWII form (as flown by Lufthansa).