Do 217 M-1

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VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
Do 217 M-1
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
16.70 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
10000 mCeiling
2 х Daimler-Benz DB-603AEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
700 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Defensive armament
13 mm MG 131 machine gun2 х Turret
1000 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
13 mm MG 131 machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
900 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
54000 Rp icon.pngResearch
180000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png17510 / 22167/8250 / 10444/3840 / 4861Repair
52000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
180000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
166 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
320 % Sl icon.png310 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German bomber Do 217 M-1. For other versions, see Do 217 (Family).


GarageImage Do 217 M-1.jpg

The Do 217 M-1 is a rank IV German bomber with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB), 5.0 (RB), and 5.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.29.

General info

Flight performance

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Max Speed
(km/h at 5,700 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
533 520 10000 31.2 32.3 7.8 7.8 800
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,700 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
588 560 10000 28.8 30.0 12.7 10 800


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
700 300  380 ~8 ~6
Optimal velocities
< 290 < 360 < 360 > 311
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,300 m 1,510 hp 1,665 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8.5 mm Steel plates behind the pilot
  • 8.5 mm Steel plates in front of the dorsal gunner
  • 5 mm Steel plate under ventral gunner
  • 8.5 mm Steel plate in front of the ventral gunner
  • 8.5 mm steel on top of engines


Suspended armament

The Do 217 M-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 M-1 is defended by:

  • 1 x 13 mm MG 131 machine gun, nose turret (1,000 rpg)
  • 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)
  • 1 x 7.92 mm MG 81 machine gun, 2 x front beam turret (750 rpg)

Usage in battles

Flying the Do 217 M-1

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Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
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


  • Good payload (up to 4 x 1,000 kg)
  • Quite fast and manoeuvrable for a bomber
  • Can perform as both a level and dive bomber
  • Very easy to fly and to land
  • One of the bombers that can demolish a base (AB) or all three bases (RB/SB) with a single run
  • Can be very difficult to catch once it reaches a high altitude
  • Fast, with room to go even faster with upgrades installed and empty payload
  • Airframe can withstand high speed
  • Can be equipped with torpedoes
  • Can fly with one engine, assuming the rest of the plane is undamaged


  • Poor defensive armament
  • Very challenging to fly with only stock upgrades, with poor flight performance and disappointing payload
  • 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
  • Two of the SC1000L2s (externally-carried ones) drop at the same time in RB and SB
  • Cramped cockpit and poor pilot protection
  • Tail design creates a blind spot to the already underwhelming defensive armaments


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In-game description

Dornier Do 217 M-1 medium twin-engine bomber

The creation of the next version of the Do 217 bomber was caused by a shortage of BMW 801 air-cooled engines. These engines were urgently needed for Fw 190A fighters and Ju 88G heavy night fighters.

In order to avoid interruptions in the production of Do 217K bombers, the Dornier Flugzeugwerke designers quickly redesigned the Do 217 K-1 to enable the installation of DB 603 liquid-cooled engines. The DB 603A twelve-cylinder, in-line, liquid-cooled engine had a takeoff power of 1,750 hp and was equipped with a 3.72 m diameter four-bladed propeller.

Due to the new engine's higher fuel consumption, the Do 217M's flight range was reduced by about 150 km. Nevertheless, other flight characteristics of the new variant proved to be better than those of the Do 217K; for example, the plane's maximum flight speed was increased. However, even without its combat load, the aircraft could fly with one working engine only if it was descending.

The Do 217M's armament and bomb capacity were the same as the Do 217K's, but a large-calibre 13 mm Rheinmetall-Borsig MG 131 machine gun was installed in the nose-mounted turret instead of a twin 7,92 mm Mauser MG 81Z machine gun.

Some of the production machines were equipped with FuG 216 Neptun signals intelligence systems that operated in the rear hemisphere and were used to detect radar emissions from British night fighters. The FuG 216 device's antennas were mounted on the wing surfaces.

Aircraft with DB 603A and BMW 801D engines were produced simultaneously from 1942-43. The Do 217 M-1's production was discontinued in September 1943. A total of 443 Do 217 M-1 bombers were built. In 1944, 37 machines of the M-1 variant were converted to Do 217 M-11 guided weapon carriers.

In February 1944, the British managed to get one Do 217 M-1 with minimum damage. On the night of February 23, a bomber from the KG 2 squadron had been damaged by anti-aircraft gun fire over London. The crew immediately abandoned the machine, but the aircraft flew safely about 100 more kilometres and, by itself, landed on its belly near Cambridge.


Do 217 M-1 in-game on a runway

See also

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External links

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