Dornier Do 17 Z? ZG 26 Castel Benito. Africa

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Dornier Do 17 Z? ZG 26 Castel Benito. Africa

Post by edgardo gil » 16 Jul 2019 00:18

Anybody has information about this aircraft in particular, I would like to identificate the submodel, Z1 or Z2?
There are some profiles and decals but they are different, someones identificate as Z1 but others like Z2, the camo colors are different too, some brands
depict the upperside colors as only RLM79 but others RLM79 with RLM80 mottle.
And the code was 3U+FU or 3U+EU? Look at the underside wing. The letter in the fuselage was a F or an E that was covered by the gun or limber in the foreground?


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Re: Dornier Do 17 Z? ZG 26 Castel Benito. Africa

Post by Dili » 16 Jul 2019 06:12

Can't help you there sorry. Indeed wing looks an E but the side appear to be an F unless the there is some white cloth in gun tip that hides it.

I also have a question regarding this, what is the propose of a Do 17 in hands of ZG 26? recon? testing?

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Re: Dornier Do 17 Z? ZG 26 Castel Benito. Africa

Post by von thoma » 16 Jul 2019 19:31

This Dornier 17 3U+FU is identified as a Do17 Z-1 of ZG 26 in Libya.
I'm trying to search its profile for publish it, showing the painting scheme
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Re: Dornier Do 17 Z? ZG 26 Castel Benito. Africa

Post by von thoma » 16 Jul 2019 19:58

The profile ;

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Re: Dornier Do 17 Z? ZG 26 Castel Benito. Africa

Post by von thoma » 16 Jul 2019 23:10

I also have a question regarding this, what is the propose of a Do 17 in hands of ZG 26 ? recon ? testing ?
The 3U+FU was a relatively intact Do 17 of 10./ ZG 26 abandoned by the retreating Luftwaffe and found by the Allies
at Castel Benito. As far is known, this Staffel did not have its own badge. "Friedrich-Ulrich" is here seen suporting
the "Horst Wessel " shield of the parent Geschwader
According Flugzeugbestand und Bewegungsmeldungen of 10./ZG26 ; this unit was equipped with Do 17 Z, Ju 88 C-6,
Bf 110 G-0, G-2, G-3, and later G-4
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Re: Dornier Do 17 Z? ZG 26 Castel Benito. Africa

Post by Dili » 17 Jul 2019 09:47

Bf 110 is typical ZG complement, Ju 88 C 6 if the fighter bomber version can be said too, Do 17 a level bomber is a sort of oddity, maybe employed for recon?

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Re: Dornier Do 17 Z? ZG 26 Castel Benito. Africa

Post by von thoma » 18 Jul 2019 00:47

Do 17 Z 1 role in 10./ZG 26 solved ;

" Castel Benito, Italian Libya, was a busy place when 10./ZG 26 used this obsolete Do 17 Z 1 for utility runs and basic proficiency.
The left engine nacelle clearly has some damge to be repaired, something that ussually made mechanics grumble when they had
the unit's operational Bf 110s to work on.

Source ; Eagles over North Africa and the Mediterranean: 1940-1943, by Jeffrey Ethell

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Re: Dornier Do 17 Z? ZG 26 Castel Benito. Africa

Post by edgardo gil » 18 Jul 2019 01:17

In the photo in this book the bottom leg of the underside "E" is practically non existent, so may would be an "F" after all.
If you zoom on the upper photo the mentioned leg it´s apparently a patch of dirt.

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