The Dornier Do 217 was operated by Italy (Do 217J) and Germany.
The II/KG 40 first received the Do217E in March 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.
The Do 217E-1s were stationed in France with the II./KG 40 in March 1941.
In 1943 Do 217K-2 armed with Fritz X missiles struck several Allied ships operating in the Mediterranean. The cruiser HMS Spartan, destroyer HMS Janus, and Italian battleship Roma were sunk by the missiles.
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.