About this objectDornier bombers flying over Biggin Hill. The textbook staffel formation can be clearly seen. This photograph originated from the Ministry of Information. When it was published during the war it was captioned ' copied from Mr Churchill's private album'. Was he the photographer ?
The Dornier Do 17 'Flying Pencil' was one of the three principle types of medium bombers used by the Luftwaffe during the early months of the war. By 1942, having suffered heavy losses, it had largely disappeared from front line service due to it's lack of crew protection, small bomb load and a relatively slow top speed of 265 mph.
In September 1980 RAF Biggin Hill gathered together a collection of photographs from museums, commercial and private individuals to mount an exhibition to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The collection was passed on to Bob Ogley when the RAF withdrew from Biggin Hill.
This photograph is part of the Bob Ogley Photograph Collection.
Place MadeRAF Biggin Hill
Date MadeAugust 1940
PeriodSecond World War
Medium and Materials1: photographic negative
Measurements1: H 100 mm x W 125 mm
2: H 185 mm x W 145 mm
Subject and Association KeywordsBiggin Hill
Subject and Association KeywordsDornier bombers
Subject and Association KeywordsDornier Do 17 'Flying Pencil'
Subject and Association Keywords'staffel' formation