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The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Dora: Volume One Hardcover – October, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0976103455 ISBN-10: 0976103451 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Eagle Editions; 1st edition (October 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976103451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976103455
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

As a historian, Jerry Crandall s main interest is WWII, specifically the air war over Europe. Due to his extensive study and the need for this valuable information to be preserved Crandall has created numerous paintings, prints and has written several books on this topic. In his quest for historical accuracy he has interviewed pilots who have served in WWII, Korea, the cold war and post war seeking invaluable first hand information for his research. Through the years he has amassed a large collection of rare photos of WWII aircraft highlighting extremely rare images of Luftwaffe fighters plus he has collected personal interview tapes with pilots and crew members, actual aircraft parts and other aviation related materials. He worked at McDonnell DouglasAircraft Company as an aviation artist; has been a guest on numerous radio and television talk shows including the NBC Sunday show in LA twice, and the Mike Douglas Televisions shows. He was a guest on the Navy Carrier USS Nimitz gathering knowledge of modern day Naval operations. Featured articles about Jerry Crandall and his work have appeared in many magazines; FLIGHT, PRINTS, COLLECTORS MART, SOUTHWEST ART, MAN AT ARMS, AIR CLASSICS, INTERNATIONAL AIR REVIEW, US ART, THE CHALLENGE AVIATION ART SERIES and more. Listed in WHO S WHO IN AMERICAN ART, THE INTERNATIONAL WHO S WHO OF CONTEMPORARY ACHIEVEMENT, and WHO S WHO IN THE WEST, he is also featured in CONTEMPORARY WESTERN ARTISTS. Too, his artwork can be found in many private as well as museum collections such as the CONFEDERATE AIR FORCE, NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM IN D.C.; USAF MUSEUM DAYTON; NAVAL MUSEUM PENSACOLA; MONINO AIR MUSEUM, MOSCOW and at the Headquarters of the ITALIAN AIR FORCE. He is a member of the ASAA, the Luftwaffe Circle, the Luftwaffe Verband, IPMS, FRIEND OF THE AMERICAN FIGHTER ACES, THE GEMEINSCHAFT DER JAGDFLIEGER and many others. Through the years he has arranged for various History Channel and A&E programs to feature and interview n

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I bought this book because I wanted to build the D9 as an RC project.
M. Gregory Fletcher
I was amazed by the complex manufacturing system used by the Germans and even with the heavy bombardment still able to increase production.
Don Bigelow
Hats off to Crandall's sleuthing ability in garnering so much interesting new material and in presenting it so elegantly.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By selrach on November 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After poring over Jerry Crandall's superb new book, Focke-Wulf 190 Dora Volume One, a person might be tempted to conclude that it contains more detailed information about this formidable late war German aircraft than every other source that has come before - put together. And if you're interested in what specific aircraft in specific units from specific factories actually looked like, colors and all, and you made such a claim--you'd be absolutely right. Never before published photographs of the famously camera shy D9 including extremely illuminating color images, are in such abundance in this book you wonder just how many years Jerry Crandall was quietly sitting on his stash before he decided to enlighten us with this thoroughly excellent work.

For Luftwaffe camouflage aficionados (and you know who you are) the notorious and better documented planes of JG 6 such as "Black (blue!) 12" and "chevron punkt" (<. ) receive even greater elucidation. For other aircraft of note such as "Michalski" and "Black 8" which would seem to forever be shrouded in uncertainty as to the nature of their true appearance, we have revelation from all angles, many in color. We also find that despite the governmental directives to the contrary by the RLM, the paint scheme consisting of the grays 74 and 75 was used on late model planes right up to the end of the war. With the D9 the entire aircraft might be painted this way or in numerous other cases just the wings, depending on the place of manufacture. The late war greens and browns are in clear display as well.

Hats off to Crandall's sleuthing ability in garnering so much interesting new material and in presenting it so elegantly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin C. Weisner on November 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jerry Crandall has written The book on the Focke Wulf Dora series with this excellent new first Volume in a planned two Volume set. Jerry has a long history of researching the Focke wulf Dora series of warbirds.
Jerry has been at it longer than many of us have been alive, me included, at 45 years old. He is largely responsible for bringing the worlds only surviving FW 190 D-13 "Yellow 10" to light and life again. This story can be read in his book published by Eagle Editions Ltd. and titled "Yellow 10 The Story of the Ultra Rare Fw 190 D-13" ISBN 0-9660706-3-1.
Back to this book...The book is loaded with new information on the Dora, Excellent photos abound, many in color and previously unpublished, also Tom Tullis has provided 72 beautiful color profiles.
There is a brief history of prototype and development along with a detailed study of the five known gun cowel types by factory.
The book has many excerpts from one of my favorite Dora pilots personal Diary, Hans Dortenmann who flew the same aircraft W.Nr. 210003, this was the first Dora in service, and Dortenmann flew it from the day he picked it up when brand new, until wars end. It includes his touching story of his good bye and the destruction of his trusty bird by his own hand.
This book includes combat stories and first hand accounts of D-9 pilots of III./JG54, JG2, IV./JG3, JG26, JG51 and my favorite JG/301, also included is an explanation of the tactical markings and colors used by JG 301, that has been an area of controversy for many years.
There are many pilot first impressions and Flugbuch excerpts, as well as situation reports of JG2 Dora 9 activity during the March 1945 attacks on the Ramagen bridge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scooter on July 20, 2013
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This is about the tenth book I have purchased from Eagle Editions/ Jerry Crandall so it was no surprise to me that the book is fantastic.
If you have a passion for World War II aviation these books are a must own. The amount of work that is put into obtaining only accurate and correct information on the German Luftwaffe is unsurpassed. Even the quality of the materials used to print the book is impressive.
The research and documenting of pilots log books personal diaries and squadron records really tell a complete story of the events and air battles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Bigelow on June 5, 2013
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A history of almost every Dora built. Excellent historical photos and history of some of the pilots that flew them. I was amazed by the complex manufacturing system used by the Germans and even with the heavy bombardment still able to increase production. Amazing record keeping for that period of the War.
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By M. Gregory Fletcher on January 5, 2008
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I bought this book because I wanted to build the D9 as an RC project. I like to find out what I can about any plane I build/fly and this book seemed to be the best place to look. I am fairly new to these kinds of books so I can't really offer any critique but I can say I thoroughly loved reading and seeing what was between the pages. The profiles were awesome and the pilot accounts were very riveting. I bought it as a $53.00 preorder but if your interests run in this direction then I say it's worth the higher price.
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