|Dornier Do 22 K in the Finnish Air Force|
|Role||Torpedo bomber and reconnaissance seaplane|
|First flight||15 July 1938|
The Dornier Do 22 was a German seaplane developed in the 1930s. Despite good performance, it was built only in small numbers and entirely for the export market. The type was operated in the Second World War by Greece, Yugoslavia and Finland.
Development and design[edit | edit source]
In 1934, Dornier's Swiss subsidiary, based at its at factory at Altenrhein designed a three-seat, single-engined military floatplane, the Do C3; two prototypes were built, with the first flown in 1935.
It was a parasol wing monoplane of fabric covered all-metal construction. Its slightly swept-back wing was attached to the fuselage by bracing struts, its two floats were braced to both the wing and fuselage. It was powered by a Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs engine driving a three-bladed propeller, and could carry a single torpedo or bombs under the fuselage, defensive armament was one fixed forward firing machine gun, two in the rear cockpit and one in a ventral tunnel.
The first production model, known as the Do 22/See when fitted with floats, did not fly until 15 July 1938 from Dornier's factory at Friedrichshafen, Germany, although it did incorporate parts made in Switzerland. While the Luftwaffe was not interested in the aircraft, examples were sold to Yugoslavia, Greece and Latvia. In March 1939, a prototype with conventional landing gear (the Do 22L), was completed and test flown, but it did not enter production.
Operational history[edit | edit source]
The Greek Do 22s were destroyed during the German invasion of the Balkans in 1941, but the crews of eight of the Yugoslav machines successfully evaded capture or destruction by fleeing to Egypt. There they flew under the control of the British Royal Air Force until the lack of spare parts made the aircraft unusable.
The four Latvian aircraft had not been delivered when the Soviet Union occupied Latvia in 1940 and were retained by Germany. In 1942 they were transferred to Finland, being used on floats or skis until the end of the war.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- Do C3
- Prototypes of the Do 22, two built
- Do 22Kg
- Export version for Greece.
- Do 22Kj
- Export version for Yugoslavia.
- Do 22Kl
- Export version for Latvia. Not delivered, but eventually transferred to Finland.
- Do 22L
- Land-based aircraft, fitted with a conventional landing gear. One prototype only.
Operators[edit | edit source]
- Kingdom of Yugoslavia
- Yugoslav Royal Navy - 12
Specifications (Do 22)[edit | edit source]
Data from German Aircraft of the Second World War 
- Crew: 3, pilot, gunner and radio operator
- Length: 13.12 m (43 ft 0½ in)
- Wingspan: 16.20 m (53 ft 1¾ in)
- Height: 4.85 m (15 ft 11 in)
- Wing area: 45.0 m² (482.2 ft²)
- Empty weight: 2,600 kg (5,733 lb)
- Loaded weight: 4,000 kg (8,820 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 12Ybrs V-12 liquid cooled inline piston engine, 641 kW (860 hp)
- Maximum speed: 350 km/h (189 knots, 217 mph) at 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
- Cruise speed: 310 km/h (168 knots, 193 mph)
- Range: 2,300 km (1,428 mi)
- Service ceiling: 9,000 m (29,500 ft)
- Climb to 5,000 m (16,400 ft): 13 min
- Guns: 4 × 7.92 mm (.312 in) MG 15 machine guns in nose, ventral and rear cockpit positions
- Bombs: 1 × 800 kg (1,764 lb) torpedo or 4 × 50 kg (110 lb) bombs
See also[edit | edit source]
- Do 20 -
- Do 22 -
- Do 23 -
- Do 24
- List of Interwar military aircraft
- List of aircraft of World War II
- List of military aircraft of Germany
- List of World War II military aircraft of Germany
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Smith and Kay 1974, p.119.
- Green 1962, p.66.
- Smith and Kay 1974, p.119—120.
- Hartmann, Bert. Dornier Do 22. www.luftarchiv.de (in German). Retrieved 5 June 2009.
- March 1998, p.230.
- DORNIER DO-22K1. Latvian Aircraft - 1918-1940. Retrieved 5 June 2009.
- Backwoods Landing Strip: Finnish Air Force aircraft
- Smith and Kay 1972, p.120.
- Donald 1997, p.340.
References[edit | edit source]
- Donald, David (ed.) The Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. Leicester,UK:Blitz Editions. ISBN 1-85605-375-X.
- Green, William. War Planes of the Second World War: Volume Six Floatplanes. London:Macdonald, 1962.
- March, Daniel J. British Warplanes of World War II. London:Aerospace Publishing, 1998. ISBN 1-874023-92-1.
- Smith, J.R. and Kay, Antony L. German Aircraft of the Second World War. London:Putnam, 1972. ISBN 85177 836 4.
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