DFS 331
DFS 331 sketch.jpg
Role Troop glider
Manufacturer DFS/Gotha
Designer Hans Jacobs
First flight 30 September 1940[1]
Number built 1

The DFS 331 was a transport glider prototype developed in a collaboration between DFS and Gotha. It was a twenty-seat troop transport designed by Hans Jacobs, who had previously produced the successful, nine seat DFS 230.[2]

The visibility from the cockpit was good, with the entire nose being glazed, and the body was very wide, allowing it to carry light Flak guns and small military vehicles. A single prototype was built and flown in 1941. The project was passed over in favour of the Gotha Go 242.[2]


Data from Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933-1945,[3] German gliders in World War II[4]

General characteristics



See also

Related development

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists


  1. ^ Griehl, Manfred (2012). X-Planes: German Luftwaffe Prototypes 1930-1945. London: Frontline Books. ISBN 978-1-783034-19-2.
  2. ^ a b Wood, Alan (1990). History of the World's Glider Forces. Patrick Stephens Limited. ISBN 978-1-85260-275-8.
  3. ^ Nowarra, Heinz J. (1993). Die Deutsche Luftrüstung 1933–1945 : Band 1 Flugzeugtypen AEG - Dornier. Vol. 1. Germany: Bernard & Graefe Verlag. pp. 167–168, 244–245. ISBN 978-3-7637-5465-6.
  4. ^ Nowarra, Heinz J. (1991). German gliders in World War II. West Chester, PA: Schiffer. pp. 20–23, 47. ISBN 0887403581.

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