Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Part 2 Book Review
|Date of Review||February 2011||Title||Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Part 2|
|Format||64 pages, softbound||MSRP (Euro)||€14.95 less 7% VAT for non-EU customers|
AirDOC has released Part 2 in their Ju 87 Stuka series with this title focused on the Ju 87D. The title is presented in two columns throughout, English on the left, Deutsch on the rechts.
The author starts off with the beginning of the Ju 87D with its roots in the Ju 87B/R series. With a quick summary of its predecessors, the title runs through a discussion of the Dora prototypes and the adjustments made prior to receiving production authorization from the RLM. This title covers:
- Ju 87D-1
- Ju 87D-2
- Ju 87D-3
- Ju 87D-4
- Ju 87D-5
- Ju 87D-7
- Ju 87D-8
Once the differences in these variants are discussed auf Deutsch and in English, the author covers series production and some of the challenges faced getting the aircraft through its production cycle. This coverage takes up the first 15 pages of the title. The next 44 pages are crammed with outstanding period photography of the Ju 87D from production line to war's end. I found one photo I'd hoped to see of the production line inside one of the huge hangars at Berlin-Tempelhof. I remember standing on the catwalk looking down into this bay after hearing of this particular hangar's history (though I was looking down on pallets fresh off of a C-5A Galaxy that had just departed). The remaining pages feature line drawlings highlighting features and differences of each Ju 87D sub-type.
This title is available directly from AirDOC's website http://www.airdoc.eu/.
My sincere thanks to AirDOC for this review sample!