Do 217 K-1

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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
Yak-38 Pack
Do 217 K-1
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
16.50 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
9000 mCeiling
2 х BMW 801 DEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
700 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Defensive armament
13 mm MG 131 machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
13 mm MG 131 machine gunTurret
1000 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gunTurret
1000 roundsAmmunition
1597 shots/minFire rate
7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun2 х Turret
750 roundsAmmunition
1597 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombSetup 1
26 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 2
8 x 250 kg SC250JA bombSetup 3
2 x 500 kg SC500K bomb
2 x 250 kg SC250JA bomb
Setup 4
4 x 500 kg SC500K bombSetup 5
2 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bombSetup 6
4 x 1000 kg SC1000L2 bombSetup 7
2 x F5W torpedoSetup 8
46000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png17000 / 21522/7590 / 9608/2850 / 3608Repair
43000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
160 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
400 % Sl icon.png330 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German frontline bomber Do 217 K-1. For other uses, see Do 217 (Family).


GarageImage Do 217 K-1.jpg

The Do 217 K-1 is a rank IV German frontline bomber with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/SB) and 5.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.29.

General info

Flight performance

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Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 490 474 9000 31.3 32.4 10.4 10.4 800
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
700 300 N/A 380 270 ~6 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 290 < 360 < 360 > 280
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
700 m 3,180 hp 3,689 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,400 m 2,720 hp 3,155 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8.5 mm Steel plates behind the pilot.
  • 8.5 mm Steel plates in front of dorsal gunner.
  • 5 mm Steel plate under ventral gunner.
  • 8.5 mm Steel plate in front of ventral gunner.


Suspended armament

The Do 217 K-1 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 4 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 26 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs (1,300 kg total)
  • 8 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg SC500K bombs + 2 x 250 kg SC250JA bombs (1,500 kg total)
  • 4 x 500 kg SC500K bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bombs (2,000 kg total)
  • 4 x 1,000 kg SC1000L2 bombs (4,000 kg total)
  • 2 x F5W torpedoes

Defensive armament

The Do 217 K-1 is defended by:

  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg)
  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, ventral turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 2 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine guns, nose turret (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, 2 x beam turrets (750 rpg)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Turret 7 mm ITC PVC I
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs (turret) ITC PVC II
III Wings repair Engine Turret 13 mm ETC 2000/XII
IV Engine injection Cover New 13 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Can perform both level and dive bomber effectively
  • Defensive armament is often underestimated by foes
  • Amazing maximum payload of 4,000 kg
  • Very easy to fly and to land
  • Can carry torpedoes
  • Good energy retention
  • Fast landing gear deployment
  • Fast aircraft, becomes even faster with upgrades installed and with an empty payload
  • Airframe can withstand high speed
  • Manoeuvrable just like its heavy fighter variants
  • Faster than the M model
  • Can decimate enemy ground units in seconds when played in groups
  • One of the few bombers that can effectively be played in tank RB matches


  • Defensive armament is unreliable and will not deter foes from attacking you
  • Not very durable
  • Carrying the 4,000 kg payload will add external pylons which will increase drag and reduce speed, flight performance, and climb rate
  • Torpedoes cannot be launched at high speed which is its main strength
  • Stock payload is terrible
  • Only one pilot
  • Lacks any offensive armament of the E variants
  • Cramped cockpit and poor pilot protection
  • Tail design creates blind spots to the already underwhelming defensive armaments
  • Has a high potential of being a priority target


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In-game description

Dornier Do 217 K-1 medium twin-engine bomber

In the late summer of 1942, full-scale production of a new bomber variant, called the Do 217 K-1, was started. Its creation was prompted by the designers' wish to improve visibility from the pilot's station. Whereas the Do 217E had a projection in front of the windscreen of the pilot's cockpit, a new streamlined forward section of the crew cockpit was developed for the Do 217K; it had no projection and was shared by the pilot and the navigator. The crew cockpit became more spacious, and visibility was improved.

In addition to the modified crew cockpit, the Do 217Ks had more powerful BMW 801D fourteen-cylinder, air-cooled engines with a takeoff power of 1,700 hp.

The defensive armament was also changed from that of the Do 217 E-4. The designers rejected a 20 mm fixed cannon which fired on course. The navigator's mobile turret had a twin 7.92 mm Mauser MG 81Z machine gun (with 500 rounds). Instead of obsolete MG 15s, the cockpit's side blisters had two (or, after the plane was upgraded, four) 7.92 mm Mauser MG 81 belt-fed machine guns with 750 rounds each.

The upper DL 131 electric turret and the lower WL 131 turret with large-calibre 13 mm Rheinmetall-Borsig MG 131 machine guns were left unchanged.

Now the Do 217K's maximum bomb capacity could reach 4,000 kg. In 1944, field modification kits were developed for the Do 217 K-1, allowing the installation of four ETC 2000/XII bomb racks that could be placed on the wing surface both on the outside of the nacelles (R10) and between the nacelles and the fuselage (R15). It was expected that this variation of suspended armament would let the aircraft carry four LTF5b torpedoes.

Originally, aircraft of the Do 217K variant were developed as night bombers. Their task was to carry out night raids over Great Britain where area-type targets would be bombed from horizontal flight. However, if needed, the R25 field modification kit could be used for the Do 217 K-1, giving it a tail ribbon braking parachute for dive bombing.


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See also

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Dornier Aircraft Corporation (Dornier Flugzeugwerke)
Fighters  Do 17 Z-7
  Do 217 J-1 · Do 217 J-2 · Do 217 N-1 · Do 217 N-2
  Do 335 A-0 · Do 335 A-1 · Do 335 B-2
Bombers  Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2
  Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1

Germany bombers
Arado  Ar 196 A-3
Blohm & Voss  BV 238
Dornier  Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2 · Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1
Focke-Wulf  Fw 189 A-1 · Fw 200 C-1
Henschel  Hs 123 A-1
Heinkel  He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16 · He 177 A-5
Junkers  Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C
Messerschmitt  Me 264
Savoia-Marchetti  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/N · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M
Trophies  ▀Wellington Mk Ic