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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's Dornier Do 217J and Do 217N night fighter

Usage

The Italians were supplied with twelve Do 217Js.1 These were used to defend Genoa, Milan, and Turin.1

Luftwaffe Gruppen

The Do 217J-2 equipped eight Luftwaffe Gruppen.1

Luftwaffe Nachtjagdgruppen

There were 15 Nachtjagdgruppen equipped with Do 217 night fighters.2 These Nachtjagdgruppen were also equipped with Ju 88s and Bf 110 night fighters.2

Specifications

  Dornier Do 217J
Type Night fighter1,3, Intruder1
Crew 3 - 41
Engine (Type) 2: BMW 801A1
Cylinders Radial 141
HP 1,580 each1
Propeller blades 3 each1
Dimensions  
Span 62' 4"1
19 m1
Length 59'1
18 m1
Height 16' 3"1
4.97 m1
Armament  
Nose 1: 20 mm1
4: 20 mm3
4: 7.92 mm MG 173
OR 4: 7.9 mm MG1
Dorsal turret 1: 13 mm MG1
Ventral gondola 1: 13 mm MG
  Dornier Do 217J-2
Weight  
Empty 20,613 lb1
9,350 kg1
Maximum load 29,056 lb1
13,180 kg1
  Dornier Do 217N
Type Night fighter / intruder1
Crew 3 - 41
Engine (Type) 2: Daimler-Benz DB603A1 , Damiler-Benz DB5033
Cylinders Inverted V 121
Cooling Liquid3
HP 1,750 each1
Propeller blades 3 each1
Performance  
Speed @ 19,685' /
6,000 m
320 mph1
515 kph1
Cruising speed 264 mph1
425 kph1
Climb to 19,685' /
6,000 m
15 minutes1
Service ceiling 29,200'1
8,900 m1
Range 1,550 miles1
2,495 km1
Armament  
Nose 4: 20 mm1
4: 7.9 mm MG1
Upward firing 4: 20 mm (some models)1
  Dornier Do 217N-2
Type Night fighter2
Crew 42
Engine (Type) 2: Daimler Benz DB 603A2
Cylinders V 122
Cooling Liquid2
HP 1,750 each2
Dimensions  
Span 62' 4"2
Length 62'2
Height 16' 4"2
Weight  
Empty 20,700 lb1
9,390 kg1
Loaded 29,100 lb1, 29,101 lb2
13,200 kg1
Performance  
Speed @ 19,685' /
6,000 m
320 mph2
Service ceiling 29,200'2
Range 1,090 miles2
Armament 4: MG2
4: 20 mm2

Sources:

  1. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  2. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  3. Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, 1989
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