German printed text on reverse:
“Kampfflugzeug Dornier Do 215” Warplane ….
‘Echte Fotografie Driesen Verlag Berlin N 58 Foto No. B 5118 Fliegerserie 1’
Published by Driesen…Aviator Series 1.
Back has some paper glued to where photo was mounted in an album.
9 X 6 cm.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale).
The Dornier Do 215 was a light bomber, aerial reconnaissance aircraft and later a night fighter, produced by Dornier originally for export, but in the event all except two served in the Luftwaffe. Like its predecessor, the Dornier Do 17, it inherited the title "The Flying Pencil" because of its slim fuselage. The successor of the Do 215 was the Do 217.
The Luftwaffe initially operated the Do 215 as a bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. Aircraft equipped with the Rb 20/30 and Rb 50/30 cameras were used for long-range reconnaissance missions, primarily at the Ob.d.L (Oberkommando der Luftwaffe). Later aircraft operated as night fighters. The last of the Do 215s were retired in late 1944.
Note: The sale of these items in no way supports the actions or philosophies of the Axis powers. I am selling the historical record.