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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