The Dornier Do 217 was operated by Italy (Do 217J) and Germany.
The II/KG 40 first received the Do217E in March / August 1941 to be used for anti-shipping over the Atlantic Ocean.
Raids on Britain
The Do 217E was used in the Baedecker raids on British cities in 1942.
After being moved from the Eastern Front in mid-1943 the II/KG 100, to Cognac, was equipped with Do 217E-5s with Hs 293As and the III/KG 100, to Marseilles, with Do 217K-2s with Fritz X.
In the Bay of Biscay the HMCS Athabaskan and HMS Egret were sunk by Hs 293A missiles on August 27, 1943.
In 1943 Do 217K-2 armed with Fritz X missiles struck several Allied ships operating in the Mediterranean. The cruiser HMS Spartan and destroyer HMS Janus were sunk by the missiles.
On September 9, 1943, the Roma was sunk and Italia was damaged by Fritz Xs launched by members of the III/KG 100.
The Italians were supplied with twelve Do 217Js. These were used to defend Genoa, Milan, and Turin.
The Do 217J-2 equipped eight Luftwaffe Gruppen.
There were 15 Nachtjagdgruppen equipped with Do 217 night fighters. These Nachtjagdgruppen were also equipped with Ju 88s and Bf 110 night fighters.