German printed text on reverse:
‘Echte Fotografie Nr. B 5117 Serie 9’
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.
Series production of the Do 215 A-1 began in 1939. The order, intended for the Swedish Air Force, was stopped in August 1939 due to the political situation. The 18 extant aircraft were embargoed and pressed into Luftwaffe service upon the outbreak of World War II.
Some modifications were made and the resulting aircraft were redesignated Do 215B. This was the standard production version. According to official figures 105 Do 215s were produced between 1939 and 1941 by Dornier in their factory at Oberpfaffenhofen.
Note: The sale of these items in no way supports the actions or philosophies of the Axis powers. I am selling the historical record.