Dornier Do-215

In 1937, due to the interest shown by several countries in acquiring an improved version of the Do-17Z aircraft, Dornier presented the Do-17 Z-0, the export version of its fast bomber. Finally it was decided to rename this model as Do-215 to distinguish it from German models. Three prototypes were presented to the market with different engines. The “V-3” model with Daimler Benz DB.601 Ba engines was selected to enter production, because the “V-1” and “V-2” versions did not receive the interest from the customers. In 1939, serial production began to meet an order from Sweden, which was canceled due to the political situation. Finally, all Do-215 bombers served with the Luftwaffe, except two aircrafts that were sold to the USSR and eleven that went to the Hungarian Air Force. There were six versions of the Do-215, being the B.4 (reconnaissance) and the B.5 (night fighter) the most capable and appreciated.

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Country of origin



Dornier Flugzeugwerke


Bomber aircraft

Entered service




Combat weight

8,800 kg

Dimensions (length x wingspan x height)

15.80 x 18.00 x 4.55 meters

Wing area

55 m2

Power plant

2 x Daimler Benz DB.601 Aa or Ba petrol engines, 1,100 to 1,175 hp each

Power, (total)

2,200 to 2,350 hp


Max. 470 to 506 km/h

Ceiling, (maximum)

9,000 meters


2,445 km


4 to 6 x 7.92mm MG and 1,000 kg bomb load


105 of all variants