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Dornier Do 335

Dornier Do 335 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2018 Title Dornier Do 335
Author Robert Forsyth Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2018 ISBN 9781472828897
Format 80 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $20.00


"'What does he [Claude Dornier] know about fighters?'" one Nazi German official reportedly scoffed at Dornier's request for inclusion in a 1942 RLM fighter-bomber competition.

Apparently much, according to Robert Forsyth's Dornier Do 335 – ninth in Osprey's steadily expanding "X-Planes" range.

Dornier's daring design marked a distinct departure from conventional aerodynamics. But it produced one of WWII's fastest, most powerful, and – potentially – most adaptable piston-engine warplanes.

Fortunately for Allied powers, Dornier's "Pfeil" ("arrow") arrived late – hence, its insertion amidst X-Planes.

From development and production plans to service and variant schemes, Forsyth's pithy, 80-page study recaps the total tale across five succinct sections:

  • Introduction
  • Origins
  • Prototype Design & Development
  • Flight-testing
  • Trial Deployment

A sixth, final chapter assesses the Do 335 – and explores its "legacy". But Forsyth omits Dornier's debt to Fokker's D-XXIII.

Photos, tech-manual excerpts, action paintings, and a three-view illustrate the account. And a cockpit schematic and two cut-aways depict interior details.

Extended captions, sidebars, and biographic remarks further supplement the study. And a selected bibliography and index wrap things up.


My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!