×
Home Intro People Events Equipment Places Maps Books Photos Videos Other Reference FAQ About
     

World War II Database

Do 335 file photo [6094]

Do 335 Pfeil

CountryGermany
ManufacturerDornier Flugzeugwerke
Primary RoleHeavy Fighter
Maiden Flight1 October 1943

Contributor:

ww2dbaseThe Do 335 Pfeil ("Arrow") heavy fighters were the result of a design submitted in May 1942 under the name P.231, which was of a single seat high speed bomber that could carry 1,000 kilograms of bombs. The design was awarded a contract and was redesignated Do 335, but by fall of the same year, Dornier Flugzeugwerke was told that Do 335 bombers were no longer needed, but the design could be useful as a foundation to a new heavy fighter design. This design change delayed the prototype flight until Oct 1943, but the prototype aircraft's performance, particularly acceleration and maneuverability, surprised everyone. After adjustments, On 23 May 1944, Adolf Hitler ordered the Do 335 Pfeil design to enter production with highest priority; despite Hitler's orders, delays with engine delivery meant the first unit was not delivered until Jan 1945. The first combat seen was against French ace pilot Pierre Clostermann in Apr 1945, who reported the inability for his Tempest fighter to catch up with the new fast German fighter. On 22 Apr 1945, United States Army troops took control of Dornier's Oberpfaffenhofen factory in Southern Germany. By that time, only 13 production Do 335 Pfeil aircraft were built; counting prototypes, the total number of aircraft built was 38.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia.

Last Major Revision: May 2008

SPECIFICATIONS

A-0
MachineryTwo Daimler-Benz DB 603A 12-cylinder inverted engines rated at 1,725hp each
Armament1x30mm forward MK 103 cannon, 2x20mm MG 151 cannon, 1,000kg of bombs
Crew1
Span13.80 m
Length13.85 m
Height4.55 m
Wing Area55.00 m²
Weight, Empty5,210 kg
Weight, Maximum8,590 kg
Speed, Maximum765 km/h
Service Ceiling11,400 m
Range, Normal1,160 km

Photographs

Do 335 Pfeil at rest, date unknownTwo-seat variant of the Do-335 Pfeil (arrow) known as the Ameisenbär (anteater) on a German airfield after capture by the United States Army, mid-1945.
See all 6 photographs of Do 335 Pfeil Heavy Fighter



Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds




Visitor Submitted Comments

1. A E G says:
13 Jun 2019 06:36:00 AM

I love this plane! 1st fighter/bomber DESIGN w/ ejec.seat; jettisonable cruciform tail and rear prop, one of first tandem engine fighter/bomber designs, utilized slight leading edge sweep on wing, tailplanes for better control at high speed, utilized ingenious and streamlined cooling systems for both engines. Do-335 fastest pistonengine fighter/bomber aircraft of WW2 (475 mph - spec. called for 800 kph/500 mph - combined engine output of 3600+ hp!) Centerline nose mount 3 cannon armament superior to machine guns, no gun 'freeze' issues @ altitude as cannon kept 'warm' by fore.engine, no 'g' force gun jam issues as seen w/ wing mount armament - aircraft had internal 1000 kg bomb bay as well. Do-335 utilized tri-cycle gear that greatly enhanced visibility for takeoff, landing - plane could fly, land, takeoff on either engine. Do-335 handled very well, would have held its own in 'dogfighting', would have devastated Allied bomber groups, thankfully never saw mass production. Arguably the pinnacle of prop driven piston engine fighter/bomber design.

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code
 

 

Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Change View
Desktop View

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
Do 335 Pfeil Heavy Fighter Photo Gallery
Do 335 Pfeil at rest, date unknownTwo-seat variant of the Do-335 Pfeil (arrow) known as the Ameisenbär (anteater) on a German airfield after capture by the United States Army, mid-1945.
See all 6 photographs of Do 335 Pfeil Heavy Fighter


Famous WW2 Quote
"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 Feb 1945