Dornier Do17Z-2 U5-BH, 1./KG.2 'Holzhammer' Tatoi, Greece, May 1941 'Operation Marita'
Developed during the early 1930s under the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles, the Dornier Do17 was originally described as a freight aircraft for the German State Railway and a high-speed mail aircraft for Lufthansa. The aircraft was in fact a new breed of fast attack aircraft, or Schnellbomber, which was intended to carry out lightning bombing attacks, at speeds making it almost impervious to enemy �ghter attack. With its sleek tapering fuselage, the Do17 was nicknamed 'The Flying Pencil' and whilst this design certainly prevented the aircraft from carrying anything other than a modest bomb load, its pro�le made it more dif�cult to target in the melee of a dog�ght. Seeing extensive service in the early part of WWII, the Do17s of KG.2 would support Luftwaffe operations during 'Operation Marita' as the Wehrmacht attempted to invade Allied occupied Greece, following a failed Italian offensive. Attacking ground and coastal targets, the Dorniers also took a heavy toll of Allied shipping in the Mediterranean theatre.