US Naval Aviation Training Division

Luftwaffe Dornier Do 217 Medium/Heavy Bomber 

Aeroplane identification poster, 1943


A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series – and we have several in this series (click here) – have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view.

A two-engined heavy bomber developed in German in the late 1930s for short-range bombing and as a more powerful development of the Do 17 – the flying pencil. It saw service until the end of the war in 1945. A versatile aircraft it was used as a night fighter, torpedo bomber, strategic bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. No complete example survives to this day despite a production of 1,925.

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