Do 17Z-2, 10./ZG 26, Castel Benito, Libya, 1941

The Do 17Z, used by several Luftwaffe bomber units in the early phases of the Second World War, took part in every conflict undertaken by Nazi Germany. North Africa

was no exception. Here, however, the use of the type was largely symbolic, and a few served with the 10. Staffel Zerstörergeschwader 26, a unit flying the twin-engined

Bf 110. This particular aircraft was discovered by advancing British troops at Castel Benito in Libya. Aircraft used in North Africa were camouflaged to suit the environment with upper and side surfaces painted RLM 79 with squiggle patterns of RLM 80, while the lower surfaces were in RLM 78. It is not clear from photographs if this

aircraft had the RLM 80 squiggle pattern applied. As with other aircraft on the southern front, this plane carried a white fuselage band ahead of the tail surfaces and

white lower wingtips.

INFO Eduard - March 2021