Do 17Z-2, WNr. 2555, 8./KG 76, Cormeilles-en-Vixen, France, September 1940
On August 15th, 1940, at ten minutes after noon, this aircraft was shot down by Spitfires from No.609 Squadron flown by F/O Dundas and
F/O Tobin. The pilot of the Dornier bellied in near Castle Farm at Shoreham. Outside of observer Fw. Schmid, who was fatally wounded in
the intercept, the crew was taken prisoner. Do 17Zs of the 8. Staffel KG 76 carried the unit insignia under the cockpit, a red shield with three
white bomber silhouettes and a bomb in the background. Other identifying markings were the red fuselage band behind the wing and red
spinner tips. The aircraft letter ‘F’ in red (the colour of the 8.Staffel within the III.Gruppe) was edged in white. White, and in the case of KG
76, pink, bands, used during the Battle of Britain as a formation flying aid, were painted on the top surface of the left wing and on the outside surfaces of the fin and rudders.
Do 17Z-5, WNr. 2787, 1./KGr. 606, Lannion, France, October 1940
The Do 17Z-5 was equipped with floatation cells in the nose in order to give the crew more time to escape the aircraft in cases of setting
down on water. These aircraft were issued to Küstenfliegergruppe 606 as a matter of priority, a unit that specialized in attacking surface
vessels. This aircraft was heavily damaged on October 11th, 1940 during an attack on Liverpool, when No.611 Squadron Spitfires lit up both
of its engines. Two members of the crew (the radiooperator and mechanic) bailed out of the aircraft, while the pilot and observer were able
to actually make to France and make an emergency landing near Brest. The mechanic, Uffz. Johansen, was struck by the tail surfaces of the
aircraft and died before he hit the ground after bailing out over England. The radio operator reached the ground unscathed near Mart of Llyn
and was captured. After a change in tactics that involved the bombing of English cities under the cover of darkness, the undersides of the aircraft, as well as the white portions of the balkenkreuz and swastikas on other surfaces, were painted black, which was the case here as well.
The unit emblem appears below the cockpit.
INFO Eduard - February 2021