Do 417
Role Multirole bomber
Manufacturer Dornier Flugzeugwerke
Status Canceled
Number built 0
Developed from Dornier Do 217

The Dornier Do 417 was a twin-engine multirole combat aircraft. Developed in 1942, it resulted from the Luftwaffe's request for a medium bomber, a contest in which Dornier, Junkers, Heinkel, and Blohm & Voss competed. In the end, the Junkers Ju 188 was chosen by the Luftwaffe, and the Do 417 never entered production.[1]

Design and development

The plans for the Do 417 were first presented to the RLM on January 22, 1943 in response to the Bomber B competition. It was intended to fill both the bomber and reconnaissance roles. It was to have a stepless cockpit housing three of the four crew, and was to be fitted with Kuto-Nase cable-cutters on the nose and along the leading edge of the wing to defend against barrage balloons. Dive brakes were to be positioned over and under the wings between the engine nacelles, similar to the Do 217. The pilot's seat and tail gunner's positions were to be armored, and although unpressurized, the crew would have been able to operate at high altitude with oxygen masks. The glazed nose and the propellers would have had de-icers, and inflatable one-man dinghies would have been provided in case the aircraft ditched in the sea.[2]

Defensive armament was originally to have consisted of an MG 151 cannon in the nose, an HD 151 turret in the dorsal position, and another HD 151 in the tail. The nose-mounted MG 151 was later changed to a small turret, and an MG 131Z machine gun was added to the underside of the nose. It would have been fitted with a Lotfernrohr 7D bombsight. The internal bomb load was limited to fifteen 50 kg bombs, but provisions were to be provided for two 2,000 kg bombs carried under the fuselage. The aircraft was originally to be powered by two Junkers Jumo 222 engines, but problems with these led them to be substituted with the Daimler-Benz DB 603A inverted V12 engines, later changed to the DB 603G model.[2]

However, the Do 417's performance was estimated to be worse than that of the competing Junkers Ju 188, and the Do 417 was rejected so the aircraft was never built.[2]

Variants

Do 417 V1
Unbuilt first prototype, to be powered by two DB 603A-2 engines.[2]
Do 417A
Proposed production variant to be powered by two DB 603G engines.[2]

Specifications (Do 417A)

Data from [2]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

References

  1. ^ "German Military Aircraft Designations (1933-1945)". www.designation-systems.net. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Griehl, Manfred (1991). Do 217–317–417: An operational history. Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 1-56098-232-2.