The Crew of the Dora

The Crew of the Dora (German: Besatzung Dora) is a 1943 German film about Luftwaffe pilots. It depicts a love triangle involving two of them being overcome by their participation in battle together.[1]

The Crew of the Dora
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKarl Ritter
Release date
  • 1943 (1943)
CountryNazi Germany

The film was banned in 1944, because of the worsening war situation; while on leave one character inspires a girl with hopes of settling in the east, a dream that no longer appeared possible.[2]



  1. Grunberger 1971, p. 384.
  2. Leiser 1974, p. 65.


  • Grunberger, Richard (1971). The 12-Year Reich: A Social History of Nazi Germany, 1933–1945. New York: Da Capo. ISBN 978-0-306-80660-5.
  • Leiser, Erwin (1974). Nazi Cinema. New York: Macmillan / London: Secker & Warburg. ISBN 978-0-02-012400-9.

Further reading

  • Gillespie, William (2014). Karl Ritter: His Life and 'Zeitfilms' under National Socialism. Potts Point, New South Wales: German Films Dot Net. ISBN 978-0-9808612-2-8.
  • Gillespie, William (2016). The Making of The Crew of the Dora. Potts Point, New South Wales: German Films Dot Net. ISBN 978-0-9808612-3-5.
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