S u m m a r y
||Dornier Do 335 Pfeil Arrow
Classic Publications "Luftwaffe Classics" Series No. 13
||Hardback with colour dust
jacket; 303mm x 226mm in portrait format; 176 pages; approx.
more than 200
photographs; line drawings; tables
£24.95 plus shipping, online from Ian Allan Publishing
||Excellent coverage of concept,
development, testing and operations; readable and interesting
text; high quality artwork; scale drawings by Arthur Bentley,
reproduction of Pilot's Handbook; attractive layout.
Reviewed by Brett Green
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"Air War Classics" is the flagship Luftwaffe research series from
Classic Publications, and the first twelve volumes have all been
groundbreaking and authoritative in their specialist subject areas.
The latest in the Air War Classic series maintains this high
"Dornier Do 335 Pfeil Arrow" is presented in a hard cover
behind the familiar Classic Publications grey dust jacket. This newest
book comprises 176 pages of premium quality glossy paper.
The fastest piston engine aircraft produced by Germany in the Second
World War came from an unlikely source. The Dornier company made its
reputation building flying boats. However, the Dornier name is probably
best known for its "Flying Pencil" bomber, the Dornier Do 17, which was
an advanced design for its time, and formed the backbone of the
Kampfflieger force for the first year of the war. The Do 17, in
turn, led to the Do 217 medium bomber and a related family of night
fighters and reconnaissance aircraft.
Despite its conservative public image, the Dornier company was
dabbling with some unusual concepts, including the Gö 9, sub-contracted
to a small company called Schempp-Hirth near the city of Göppingen
(hence the Gö designation). The design featured a cruciform tail and a
pusher propeller connected via a long extension shaft. The first flight
took place in June 1941 following a tow and air-launch by a Dornier Do
17 M. The purpose of this aircraft was to prove the viability of the
Further tests and development resulted in the P 231/1 design, powered
by two DB 603 E engines at 1,800 hp each driving propellers at the front
and the rear, and featuring a cruciform tail. Meanwhile the RLM had
issued a Schnellbomber specification. Despite being
originally snubbed by the German bureaucracy, Dornier eventually
received an order for ten prototypes of their unconventional design on
19 January, 1943. This would become the Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (Arrow).
This new book examines the development and testing of the Dornier Do
335, its operations and what might have been. The authors' text is logically laid out, comprehensive and
informative, while remaining admirably readable.
It is especially interesting to see many of the myths surrounding
this unique aircraft being examined and often dispelled - including the
oft-repeated tale of pilot's arms being ripped off during deployment of
the ejection seat!
More than 200 photos, technical
drawings, maps and tables are an essential part of the book, and they
ensure that the reading is never laborious.
The colour artworks by rlm.at's (
http://www.rlm.at ) Simon Schatz are very attractive.
The book also includes a full reproduction of the December 1944
Pilot's Handbook (mostly four sheets to a page, but still quite
legible). It is also very pleasing to see eight pages of fine technical scale drawings,
skeletal cutaways and scrap views by renowned illustrator Arthur
This title is rounded out by a short two-page, 500 word summary* of
Dornier Do 335 models available in 1/72 and 1/48 scale, with four photos
of Chris Wauchop's gorgeous 1/48 scale Dornier Do 335 A-0.
The 1997 Monogram Monarch series book on the Dornier Do 335 looked
like it would be the last word on the subject. However, much new
information and many new photos have emerged in the intervening decade.
The new Classic Publications book adds to the pool of knowledge on
this fascinating aircraft and is now probably the definitive work on the
This will be a welcome resource for modellers and Luftwaffe
Thanks to Simon from DLS and Ian
Allan Publishing for the review sample
* the modelling summary was written by myself.
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