S u m m a r y
||World War II
Combat Aircraft Photo Archives No. 03 - "Dornier Do 17 E-Z Do 215 B -
The Flying Pencil in Luftwaffe Service" by Manfred Greihl
|Media and Contents:
||Soft cover; 56 pages plus covers
available from specialist book and hobby shops, or
online from AirDOC
£11.99 available online from Hannants
developmental and operational summary of this important Luftwaffe type;
large, well reproduced photos; German/English text; very attractive
profiles with varied colours and markings.
Reviewed by Brett Green
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At the time of its introduction in 1936, the Dornier Do 17 E was a
very modern and fast medium bomber. The initial version was followed
into production by Do 17 M and P. The "Flying Pencil" received further
development as a result of combat experience over Spain, resulting in
the improved Do 17 Z.
The Dornier Do 217 was still a significant part of the Luftwaffe's
bomber force at the time of the Battle of Britain. The Do 17 was mauled
during this campaign, with massive losses and an inability to complete
their assigned missions.
The Dornier Do 215 was initially conceived as an export alternative
to the Do 17, but the onset of war changed these plans. The Do 215 was
developed as a bomber, reconnaissance aircraft and night fighter.
Although not exactly a resounding success, the Dornier bomber family
was a very significant part of the Luftwaffe bomber arm. This
significance has not been recognised in injection-moulded plastic,
however, with only the inaccurate Hobbycraft kits in 1/48 scale and the
very old Airfix, Monogram and Frog examples in 1/72.
Over the last five years or more, AirDOC has very effectively
documented modern Luftwaffe types in addition to NATO allies over
Germany. AirDOC now turns its attention to the wartime Luftwaffe.
"Dornier Do 17 E-Z Do 215 B - The Flying Pencil in Luftwaffe Service" by
is the third in their WWII series.
The book commences with a bilingual text summary of development,
production, technical description of the Dornier Do 17 and 215 and a operational
history. This opening section also includes a table listing the main
sub-variants, their roles and powerplants.
The focus of this title, however, is the wartime photos. These are
well reproduced and pleasingly large with plenty of useful detail on
display. I have not seen many of these photos published elsewhere
either. All photos are accompanied by useful captions in both German and
Even more interest is added to the book via 13 colour profiles. One
of these illustrations includes four-views showing camouflage and
markings on both sides, top and bottom. The schemes are many and varied,
demonstrating that even the early bomber variants wore many more
interesting colours than simple 70/71 Greens.
"Dornier Do 17 E-Z Do 215 B - The Flying Pencil in Luftwaffe Service" is an
excellent modeller's reference for this famous Luftwaffe bomber. Now, if
only somebody would offer a decent injection-moulded kit!
Thanks to AirDOC Publications for the review sample
AirDOC Publications may be viewed and purchased online from their
Review Copyright © 2006 by Brett Green
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