Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (Arrow)

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The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil ("Arrow")

The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (“Arrow”)

The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (“Arrow”) was a World War II heavy fighter built by the Dornier company. The two-seater trainer version was also called Ameisenbär (“anteater”). The Pfeil’s performance was much better than other twin-engine designs due to its unique “push-pull” layout and the much lower drag of the in-line alignment of the two engines. The Luftwaffe was desperate to get the design into operational use, but delays in engine deliveries meant only a handful were delivered before the war ended.

In April 1945, French ace Pierre Clostermann claimed the first Allied combat encounter with a Do 335. In his book The Big Show (pages 273-274) he describes leading a flight of four Hawker Tempests from No. 3 Squadron RAF over northern Germany, when he intercepted a lone Do 335 flying at maximum speed at treetop level. Detecting the British aircraft, the German pilot reversed course to evade. Despite the Tempest’s considerable low altitude speed, the RAF fighters were not able to catch up or even get into firing position. (



Type: Fighter-bomber
Engine: 2x Daimler-Benz DB603E
Max speed: 765 Km/h (447 mph)
Rate of climb: 1 200 m/min (3940 ft./min.)
Ceiling: 11 400 m (37,400 ft.)
Range: 1 160 Km (720 mi.)
Weight (empty): 7400 kg (19,500 lb.)
Weight (loaded): 9 590 Kg (14,110 lb.)
Wingspan: 13.8m (45’4″)
Length: 13.87m (45’6″)
Height: 5 m (16 ft. 4.75 in.)
Armament: 2x 20mm MG 151/20 + 1x 30mm MK103; up to 1 000 kg (2,200 lb.) of bombs.