Dornier Do 217 Units of World War 2 Review: Its Predecessor Was Called the Flying Pencil


by Chris Goss, Osprey, 2021, $24.

When Dornier launched its smooth twin-engine Do-17 in 1935, it was hailed because the “Flying Pencil.” By 1940, nevertheless, the Do-17Z was considered inferior to Germany’s different two principal bombers, the Heinkel He-111 and Junkers Ju-88. In January 1942 the Luftwaffe started receiving a bigger, extra highly effective redesign of the fundamental Do-17 system, the Do-217. The bomber took on quite a lot of different roles, together with reconnaissance aircraft and evening fighter, and will accommodate such superior weaponry as air-to-surface missiles and guided glider bombs. For all that, the Do-217 was the final Dornier bomber to achieve manufacturing and was nearly absent within the final eight months of World Conflict II. Evaluating one after the conflict, British take a look at pilot Eric “Winkle” Brown summed it up as “a reasonable plane which established an undistinguished however honourable operational document.”

In Dornier Do 217 Models of World Conflict 2, retired Royal Air Power officer and specialist in Luftwaffe operations Chris Goss attracts on firsthand accounts by each the bomber crews and British evening fighter pilots who fought them to chronicle a warplane caught up in a reversal of fortune for its customers. Though most crews regarded the Do-217J and N evening fighters as insufficiently maneuverable in the event that they encountered their British counterparts, Goss doesn’t neglect their exploits, together with the experiences of the Italians who briefly used them in the summertime of 1943. 

The writer admits to having scant data on the Jap Entrance. Nonetheless, the e book gives loads of curiosity, together with 30 shade profiles that present the aircrafts’ camouflage and markings, as numerous as the character of their missions. 

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