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Do 217 J-1
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
16.5 tTake-off weight
4.83 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8 000 mCeiling
2 х BMW 801 MLEngine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
700 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 20 mm MG FF/M cannonWeapon 1
800 roundsAmmunition
560 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine gunWeapon 2
2 800 roundsAmmunition
1 151 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
13 mm MG 131 machine gunTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
13 mm MG 131 machine gunTurret
1 000 roundsAmmunition
900 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
8 x 50 kg SC50JA bombSetup 1
7 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 300 / 1 669/570 / 731/550 / 706Repair
3 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
130 Ge icon.pngAces
112 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
210 % Sl icon.png200 % Sl icon.png70 % Sl icon.png
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Do 217 J-1. For other uses, see Do 217 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage Do217J1.jpg

The Do 217 J-1 is a Rank I German heavy fighter with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB) and 3.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.29.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 5,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
468 452 9,000 30.8 32.1 3.8 4.8 800
Max Speed
(km/h at 5,500 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ???  ?  ?,000  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 800


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
700 350 370 ~3 ~3
Optimal velocities
< 290 < 360 < 360 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,000 m 2,920 hp 3,046 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,500 m 2,600 hp 2,712 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8.5 mm Steel - Fore-cockpit plate
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
  • 50 mm Bulletproof Glass
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Dorsal gunner's plate
  • 5 mm Steel - Belly gunner's plate
  • 8.5 mm Steel - Belly gunner's upper plate
  • 5 mm Steel - Rear boom plate
  • 5 mm Steel - Aft plate


Offensive armament

The Do 217 J-1 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm MG FF/M cannons, chin-mounted (200 rpg = 800 total)
  • 4 x 7.92 mm MG 17 machine guns, nose-mounted (700 rpg = 2,800 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: SC50JA (50 kg)

The Do 217 J-1 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 8 x 50 kg SC50JA bombs

Defensive armament

Main article: MG 131 (13 mm)

The Do 217 J-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)

Usage in the battles

This heavy fighter has only limited capabilities, due to low maneuverability. Here are some of them:

Head on fighting
This tactic is good for one reason: you have an arsenal of guns in the nose. Find alone fighter and engage it head on. If he will try to engage you, go ahead (unless he has hub mounted 37mm cannon, like some Yak versions for example, don't engage those). But keep in mind that you will need TO DODGE THE KILLED ENEMY, so you don't get killed. If the enemy will dodge the attack and try to attack you from behind, then you are pretty much a free kill. This tactic is very dangerous, but if you have a wingman fighter or two, it shouldn't be a problem.

Do 217 showing fueslage and wing structure.

Ground attack
There are 2 kinds of it. With bombs or without them. The problem is that bombs will make you even less maneuverable and you cannot dive bomb, so unless you are really confident, don't use them. Use your guns on softer targets and you will score success. But keep in mind: don't go too low, or you will crash. Maneuverability is low.

Bomber interception
After seeing how many guns this plane has, you might think that bombers will be easy to destroy. Well, to certain degree, yes. The main flaw in this tactic that bombers are usually flying at altitudes you cant reach. Simple math tells you that 4.7 m/s is simply not enough. So, try to engage the low to medium height flying bombers. They are easy prey, but if they are covered by fighters, try to take those out by head on attacks. Or at least have one wingman with you.

Here is the attacking the 217 part. If you meet 217 with a good fighter, engage it from the side. That will make him turn, in which case he will slow down, making him easy to destroy. If he tries to escape upwards, follow him. He cant climb very good. If he tries to dive, follow him also. You can achieve higher speeds and still maneuver better. Here is the important advice: if 217 tries to engage you head on, fly straight at him, but at 0.90 km before him, break into a turn of about 45 degrees left or right. He will try to turn, but he cant maneuver well. Then follow him and engage him from behind.

Defensive Tactics Despite the heavy frontal firepower, you may find yourself in a position where you cannot use it. Fast nimble fighters will be hard to target, especially if they know that you are coming. Fortunately, you have two hard hitting 13mm machine guns to the rear with relatively good coverage. These can be used very effectively, particularly as many opponents will underestimate your defensive firepower.

Front view:
Nose armament and engines

Hit and Run
Another tactic you can use is to Hit and Run. This method requires you to plan you're attack before engaging a target and relies partially on your team. Being a flying brick has its ups and downs. On the downside it turns like a brick and on the bright side, it hits like a brick. If you plan your intercept so that it finishes near your teammates, you should be safe. In order to do so you might have to flank the enemy. Another way to pull a hit and run is to try to engage as many fighters as you can in head-ons, and then to return to base and rely on the gunner's aim to protect the plane.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not ontrollable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair, Radiator Offensive 7 mm MGs
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs, Turret 13 mm
III Wing Repair, Engine Offensive 20 mm
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm Cannons, New 13 mm MGs (turret)

New 20 mm belts are a good start for this machine. The extra punch of the air-belts is useful. Otherwise there is not a lot worthwhile to go for weapons wise. Long burst aren't needed, turrets are not a game changer and the 7.92s aren't the meat of this plane. However for unlocks in rank one/two Offensive 7 mm and Turret 13 mm outclass the alternatives (except Compressor!)

Compressor, Engine, Wings repair and Engine injection are the desirable first performance upgrades.

Pros and cons


  • 2 x rear gunners, which is sometimes really handy
  • 4 x MG FF/M cannons and 4 x machine guns in the nose, good for bigger targets
  • Ability to mount bombs
  • Faster than most of its bomber opposition


  • Very poor rate of climb, difficult to get to bombers' altitude
  • Poor stability in turns, sometimes leading to stall at low speeds
  • Large target
  • Exposed cockpit
  • Slower than most of its fighter opposition
  • Very poor energy retention in turns (thus a poor dog-fighting aircraft)


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Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Do 217J-1 from live.warthunder.com.

Read also

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