Do 335 A-0

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Do 335 A-0
General characteristics
1 personCrew
9.5 tTake-off weight
4.29 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11 400 mCeiling
Daimler-Benz DB-603AEngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
945 km/hStructural
285 km/hGear
Offensive armament
30 mm MK 103 cannonWeapon 1
70 roundsAmmunition
380 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 15 mm MG 151 cannonSetup 1
2 x 20 mm MG 151 cannonSetup 2
63 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
240 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 110 / 6 622/7 020 / 9 097/2 090 / 2 708Repair
68 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
240 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 100 Ge icon.pngAces
172 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
360 % Sl icon.png320 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
Msg-info.png This page is about the aircraft Do 335 A-0. For other uses, see Do 335 (Disambiguation)


GarageImage Do335A-0.jpg

The Do 335 A-0 is a Rank IV German heavy fighter with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB) and 5.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.57 "Battle March." This pre-production run does not feature payload options, unlike the A-1 series. Fortunately, this difference is favourable for the A-0 as it features superior aerodynamics and henceforth better top speed, despite only running on the 50PS weaker DB603A (PS = metric horsepower).

Contrary to popular belief, the Do 335 "Pfeil" is not a "super prop". The initial design was a "Schnellbomber" (speedy bomber), but with the start of the emergency fighter program, most bomber contracts were shelved to increase fighter production. At Dornier, the idea arose to reconfigure the current bomber design into a heavy fighter to exploit the failure of Focke Wulf's Ta 154 "Moskito".

Consequently, flight agility is mediocre, lending itself in feeling to Dornier's previous heavy fighters: Do 17 Z-7 and Do 217N, both of which were also originally designed as bombers. The exception to this trait is the fantastic roll rate, accomplished by boosted ailerons as seen on the Ta 152 H-1.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,500 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
748 726 11 400 28.3 29.4 8.3 8.3 500
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,500 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 11 400  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 500


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
945 285 450 ~7 ~4
Optimal velocities
< 380 < 380 < 380 > 285
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
5,700 m 3,080 hp 3,508 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 8 mm Steel - fuel tank/pilot seat plate
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage


Offensive armament

The Do 335 A-0 is armed with:

  • 1 x 30 mm MK 103 cannon, nose-mounted (70 rpg)
  • A choice between two 20 mm MG 151/20 or two 15 mm MG 151/15:
    • 2 x 20 mm MG 151/20 cannon, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)
    • 2 x 15 mm MG 151/15 cannon, nose-mounted (200 rpg = 400 total)

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Not controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair, Radiator Offensive 20 mm, MG 151 15
II Compressor Airframe Offensive 30 mm, Offensive 15 mm
III Wing Repair, Engine New 20 mm Cannons
IV Engine Injection Cover New 30 mm Cannons, New 15 mm Cannons

Pros and cons


  • Excellent top speed at very high altitudes, better than the Me 410 B-6/R3
  • Very fast in a level flight
  • Great nose-mounted armament
  • Great dive top speed
  • Great energy retention
  • Great roll rate
  • Faster than the Me 410 B-6/R3 which fulfils the same role
  • Can fly low to hunt tanks and light pillboxes when the MK 103 is equipped with the HVAP rounds
  • Can fly with one engine
  • Works incredibly well with MEC (Manual Engine Control)


  • Compared to the Me 410 B-6/R3 it has fewer cannons, no armour, and it lacks defensive turret
  • Horrible turn time (can barely out turn a fully upgraded B-25 J-1)
  • Below average top speed at sea level compared to other twin-engine fighters
  • Is a flying brick due to its size
  • Expensive repair cost
  • No combat flaps
  • Below average climb rate
  • Poor durability
  • Landing gear takes a long time to deploy and retract
  • The nose tends to move when turning
  • Bars in cockpits hinders visibility
  • Cockpit lacks rear visibility
  • Take offs without care can damage the lower rudder
  • Engines at both at front and rear of the center axis of the aircraft results in virtually an attack from any angle is bound to hit an engine, and thus impairing engine performance
  • Sharp turns with mouse control will cause the elevator and rudder to over-steer, effectively making the plane less maneuverable as a gun solution won't become immediately apparent.
  • Prone to fires due to 2 engines


Redeveloped as a multi-role fighter in late 1942 after the original design as a bomber was canceled, the Do 335 Pfeil carried a pair of the largest piston engines Germany created during WWII, the DB603 series of inverted V12. The inline design was intended to give dual-engine power but without the parasitic drag that the usual wing-mounted arrangement suffered. By May of 1944, the Do 335 was recognized as such a superior aircraft, with good handling and unmatched speed, that Hitler ordered maximum priority to be given to its production. But Allied bombing campaigns forced Dornier to bring up a new plant to handle production, and the delay meant less than 30 of the aircraft were built and flown before the end of the war.

Only one Do 335 survives today: an A-0 variant, currently on display at the Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum near Dulles Airport in Virginia, USA.


An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

Read also

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Germany twin-engine fighters
Messerschmitt  Bf 110 C-6 · Bf 110 C-7 · Bf 110 F-2 · Bf 110 G-2 · Bf 109 Z
  Me 410 A-1 · Me 410 A-1/U2 · Me 410 A-1/U4
  Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-1/U2 · Me 410 B-2/U4 · Me 410 B-6/R3
Heinkel  He 219 A-7
Dornier  Do 17 Z-7 · Do 217 J-1 · Do 217 J-2 · Do 217 N-1 · Do 217 N-2
  Do 335 A-0 · Do 335 A-1 · Do 335 B-2
Focke-Wulf  Ta 154 A-1
Junkers  Ju 88 C-6 · Ju 388 J