JUNKERS W 33, W 34 AND K 43 – WORKHORSE IN PEACE AND WAR
By Lennart Andersson, Günter Endres, and Rob J M Mulder
Published by EAM Books and available in Australia through Platypus Publications
Review by Dave Clark
These two hard covered, A4-sized volumes have been produced by some of the most respected names in German and Scandinavian aviation historical research, and both live up to the expectation those names generate. Both have essentially the same format, consisting of an account of each type’s development and chapters dealing with their use in various parts of the world, as well as appendices setting out individual airframe histories, operators throughout the world (and there were surprisingly many of them), details of survivors and colour profiles.
In the F 13 book we are given a chapter on Hugo Junkers, his background in heat engines, his move to aviation, the development of all-metal aircraft during WWI, his difficult relationship with the Nazi regime post-war and his eventual ostracism and death in February 1935. We then move to the F 13’s development and the difficulties encountered resulting from the 1919 Peace Treaty and the steps that were taken to overcome them. The next chapter sets out Junkers’ attempts to find markets for his aircraft and the stumbling blocks he encountered in the process. In particular, the book goes to some lengths to detail the arrangements made for Russian manufacture and the debacle which resulted from the attempt to arrange for distribution in the US through an agency agreement with John Miller Larsen. Subsequent chapters cover the F 13’s use in other parts of the world, including Australia – three of the type (VH-UKW, VH-UPL and VH-UTS) went onto the Australian Register. The first was used briefly in South Australia and even more briefly in Western Australia; the other two were imported for use in New Guinea and were eventually joined by ‘UKW.
The W 33/W 34/K 43 volume takes a similar track, although without the historical notes on Hugo Junkers but with additional material on the types’ use by the Luftwaffe. Again, details are given of those aircraft appearing on the Australian register – in this case, all W 34s – VH-UGZ, VH-UJD, VH-UNM and VH-UOX. These were imported by Guinea Airways for use in the New Guinea goldfields.
Both volumes are strongly bound on good quality paper. They are supported by copious useful photographs, all well reproduced. As both types have been represented in model form in 1:72 scale (the F 13 by Revell and the W 34 by Special Hobby) the two are useful for both historians and modellers, and are thoroughly recommended.
Both are available from Platypus Publications, the review copies coming via my wallet.