Do-215 gallery

The Do-215 bomber was also nicknamed as “flying pencil” and although it was not a model created especially for the Luftwaffe, at the end it was where almost all the manufactured aircraft ended up, because the foreign orders were canceled and the aircrafts were incorporated in the German forces.
Twenty examples of the previous B.1 and B.4 variants were transformed to B.5 Kauz III (on the image) variant for night fighter missions. The “Spanner Anlage” infrared detection system was installed and especific equipment was mounted on the nose. Mid 1942, the IR equipment was replaced by a FuG 202 Lichtenstein B / C type radar, being the first German night fighter to mount such advanced equipment.
The long range reconnaissance B.4 variant (on the image) was highly appreciated and emerged after mounting Rb 20/30 and Rb 50/30 cameras under the nose and in the bomb bay. Do-215 B.2 aircrafts were used as basis for this modification.
The Do-215 was designed to perform both reconnaissance and bombing missions, and although it played its part well, it was replaced by the more capable Ju-88 D.1 in reconnaissance missions. Around 1942 the model was already outdated except the B.5 variant.
The Do-215B was classified as “Schnellbomber”, (fast bomber), by the Luftwaffe and the concept was that it could escape from enemy fighters thanks to its high speed. Perhaps this capacity could be exploited at the end of the 30s, but with the improvement in the fighter’s performances, it soon proved to be a concept completely surpassed.

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