Aeroplane Photo Supply (APS) Photo No. 61
12/17/2005. Remarks by Bernhard
: "The Do 18 was developed to fullfill a
Lufthansa requirement for a long-range flying boat as a successor to
the Dornier Wal. The first prototype Do 18 V1, pictured here, was first flown by
Erich Gundermann from the Bodensee (Lake Constance), Germany, on March
15, 1935. Tested at Travemünde (at the Baltic Sea) by the RLM.
Became Lufthansa D-AHIS on September 19, 1935 after 60
hours in 131 flights and was redesignated Do 18 A. After an additional
51 flight hours it crashed near Dahme 19 mls (30 km) north of Travemünde,
Germany, on November 2, 1935, killing three out of five crew."