Dornier Do-17 German night fighter pilot of the Dornier Do-17 (Dornier Do 217N--2/R22) with (Stalin musik), consisting of four shooting upwards at an angle of 70 degrees 20-mm guns MG-151. The plane iThis unusual configuration of six vertically mounted MG 151 cannon instaJlation was first proposed by Stabs Ingenieur Poppendiek, an engineer at the E-Stelle at Werneuchen. Here it is seen installed in a Do 217 of the night fighter training Geschwader NJG101. However, this conversion was not adopted in large numbers and night fighter pilots preferred the usual twin-cannon armament which became the standard configuration. the photograph belongs to NJG101. Dornier Do 217N-2/R22 6./NJG 4 (3C+IP) flown by Fw. Gunther Konzac, Taveaux, France, May 1944. This aircraft, W.Nr. 1570, was finished in a splinter scheme of 74 and 75 on the uppersurfaces and while the undersurfaces were 76, the starboard wing had been overpainted black up to a point just short of the leading edge and terminated in an undulating demarcation line. Although the full operational code was 3C+IP, only the last two letters appeared on the fuselage in black with the individual aircraft letter edged in yellow. The spinners were 76 and the propeller blades green 70. Note the configuration of the tail cone. Dornier Do 217N-2/R22 6./NJG 4 (3C+IP) Gunther Konzac WNr 1570 Basel-Birsfelden 1944 01-02 Photo’s 01-02: From August 1943 to 7 May 1944, 6./NJG4 was based at Taveaux, some 60 miles from the Swiss border in eastern France. In the early hours of 2 May, one of the Staffel's, aircraft flown by Fw. Gümher Konzac landed in error on the Swiss airfield at Basel-Birsfelden, where the aircraft and crew were interned. Fw. Konzac's aircraft was a Do-217N2/R22 with four MG 151 cannon and four 7.9 mm MG 17 machine guns mounted in the nose, plus an oblique armament of four 20 mm MG 151 cannon installed in the fuselage. The four barrels of the latter protruded from the upper f'uselage and may just be seen above the wing root in the photograph.

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