Corgi AA38805 German Dornier Do 17Z-1 Light Bomber - 'Horst Wessel', Zerstorergeschwader 26, Libya, Western Desert, 1941-'42 (1:72 Scale)
"Guns before butter. Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
- Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Head of the German Luftwaffe
The Dornier Do 17, sometimes referred to as the Fliegender Bleistift ("flying pencil"), was a World War II German light bomber produced by Claudius Dornier's company, Dornier Flugzeugwerke. It was designed as a Schnellbomber, a light bomber, which in theory, would be so fast that it could outrun defending fighter aircraft.
The Dornier was equipped with two radial engines, mounted on a "shoulder wing" structure and possessed a Twin tail vertical stabilizer configuration. Designed in the early 1930s, it was one of the three main Luftwaffe bomber types used in the first three years of the war. The Do 17 made its combat debut in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, operating in the Condor Legion in various roles. Along with the Heinkel He 111 it was the main bomber type of the German air arm in 1939-40. The type was popular among its crews due to its manoeuvrable handling at low altitude, which made the Dornier capable of surprise bombing attacks. Its sleek and thin airframe made it harder to hit than other German bombers, as it presented less of a target.
The Dornier was used throughout the war, and saw action in significant numbers in every major campaign theatre as a front-line aircraft until the end of 1941, when its effectiveness and usage was curtailed as its bomb load and range were limited. Production of the Dornier ended in the summer of 1940, in favour of the newer and more powerful Junkers Ju 88. The successor of the Do 17 was the Dornier Do 217, which started to appear in strength in 1942. Even so, the Do 17 continued service in the Luftwaffe in various roles until the end of the war, as a transport, test and trainer aircraft. A considerable number of surviving examples were sent to other Axis nations. A small production run of an updated version known as the Do 215 was also produced for export, but ended up in Luftwaffe service. Production of the Do 215 ceased in January 1941. Few of the Dornier Do 17s survived the war. The last was scrapped in Finland in 1952.
This 1:72 scale model represents a Dornier Do 17Z-1 Light Bomber of 'Horst Wessel', Zerstorergeschwader 26, then deployed to Libya, in the Western Desert, from 1941-'42. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9-3/4 inches
Length: 8-3/4 inches
Release Date: November 2013
Historical Account: "The Painted Desert" - The Dornier Do 17 was one of the Luftwaffe's most important early war bombers. Operating during the campaigns over Poland, France and the Low Countries, it also served in the Balkans and during the opening years of the war against Russia. However, its small bomb load and poor defensive armament meant that it was less effective and more vulnerable than its contemporaries, the Junkers Ju88 and Heinkel He 111.
It was not generally used in the North African desert, which makes this aircraft something of an enigma. Zerstrergeschwader 26 was one of the most famous of all Luftwaffe fighter groups, as they often painted a bright yellow wasp on the nose of their Bf110 fighters. It is believed this Dornier was on strength with them as a transport or squadron hack before its capture and subsequent testing at the hands of the RAF during the Italian campaign.