Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (Arrow)
|Dornier DO 335|
|Do-335s on the apron at Oberpfaffenhofen at the war's end, including unfinished two-seat versions.|
Below is some footage of the DO 335.
This is one aircraft that was being manufactured at war's end that would have seen major combat duty later in 1945 if the war had lasted that long. Unlike some of the jet and rocket-powered fighters that were of extremely dubious provenance and probably would never have made a difference, the DO 335 did work extremely well and could be flown by ordinary Luftwaffe fighter pilots using ordinary fuel and with standard training.
Flying them did not put your life at risk every time out, as with, for instance, the ME-163 Komet.
The DO 335 did pose a threat to the Allied bomber stream and would have entered service in very large numbers had the war lasted another year.
Below are both original photos and some of a carefully restored Do 335 in original markings.
|That appears to be an unfinished two-seat version, being inspected by American military personnel after capture.|