Fw 190 Dora
by Tom Tullis
Reviewed by Mark Proulx
Eagle Editions has just released the first volume in a new two-part
series on the evolution and operational use of the Focke Wulf Fw 190 D.
The book is written by Jerry Crandall, well known for his many years of
intense research into this aircraft. Volume one concentrates on the Fw
190 D-9, whereas Volume 2 will explore later versions of the aircraft.
The book is 344 pages and printed on high quality glossy paper. There is
no doubt that modelers and historians alike will appreciate 365 b/w and
40 color photos. Most of the images are seen here for the first time.
Due to the paper quality, image reproduction is magnificent. As an added
bonus, there are 72 full color profiles from noted computer grahics
specialist Tom Tullis.
The book begins with a forward by Oberstleutnant a. D. Karl-Heinz
Ossenkop of Jagdgeshwader 26. He briefly explains his involvement with
JG 26 and ultimately the Dora 9 having flown the aircraft in combat at
the end of the war.
Jerry explains in the preface how his interest in aviation began at a
very young age. This would eventually lead him to cross paths in the mid
1960s with a FW 190 D-13, now displayed as “Yellow 10”. One must
conclude that the author has been involved with the Fw 190 D for almost
forty years, culminating in this superb effort!
The story of the Fw 190 D begins with an explanation of its development
and genesis from the Fw 190 A. Included in this section is a very
detailed look at the five various gun cowls that were adapted to the
Dora. This is elaborated upon early in the work as it provides an
important visual clue as to who manufactured the aircraft. This includes
Tom Tullis graphics supported by Jerry’s analysis.
The Focke Wulf 190 D was intended to be a stopgap measure before the
release of the Ta 152 to front line units. Consequently there are also
some unpublished images of the Ta 152 at Mimetall Erfurt North.
As modelers, we frequently forget that there is a human side to the war.
For much of the remainder of the book, Jerry successfully intertwines
pilot anecdotes and copies of log books with pictorial development of
the aircraft at all front line units.
The Tom Tullis profiles are accurate and superb! There are no less than
72 full color schemes scattered throughout the book for the modeler to
feast upon. Many profiles depict the aircraft with canopies open and
flaps slightly down being a departure from earlier profiles. Included
with them are detailed notes on markings and camouflage patterns. These
new profiles will result in additional decal subjects from Eagle
Editions in their EagleCals product line. Tullis color scrap views also
explain the unique JG 301 fuselage bands applied to the tails of their
The book concludes with a complete set of plans and exploded views.
Drawn by Koichiro Abe, they are believed to be the most accurate plans
to date on the D-9.
All indications are that the book is selling very well and quite
quickly. I am confident that this series will eventually become the
primary resource for information about the aircraft and service history.
Enthusiasts also have the option to purchase a deluxe leather bound
edition limited to 350 copies and signed by nine Dora pilots.
Anyone with an interest in German aviation history of World War 2, or
the Fw 190 D in particular, really must have this important work in
their reference library. Clearly it represents a lifetime of research
and passion into one of the most successful fighter designs of the
Second World War.
Eagle Editions for
the review sample.
This book is available direct from
Eagle Editions website and from specialist bookstores
Review Copyright © 2007 by Mark Proulx
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