The Junkers Ju 52 Story

Jan Forsgren

The Complete History of the Junkers Ju 52/3m in civil and military service around the world since 1930
Date Published :
September 2016
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
black and white photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781555156
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The single-engine Junkers Ju 52 first flew in 1930. Designed and built by the Junkers Aircraft Company of Dessau, Germany, the Ju 52 was originally intended as a cargo aircraft. An upgraded model, the Ju 52/3m, was powered by three engines, excelling as an 18-seat airliner. By the late 1930s, hundreds of the safe and reliable Ju 52/3m were serving with airlines in more than 20 countries, including the prewar British Airways. It was used as a bomber by the reestablished Luftwaffe, particularly in the Spanish Civil War. During the Second World War, the Ju 52/3m was the mainstay of the Luftwaffe transport squadrons. Affectionately known as ‘Faithful Old Annie’ and ‘Iron Annie’, the Ju 52/3m was used during the invasions of Norway, the Low Countries, Crete as well as the resupply of Stalingrad and Rommel’s Africa Corps. In all, more than 5,000 were built. After the war, production continued in France and Spain. Amazingly, captured Ju 52/3ms were rebuilt postwar and briefly operated as airliners on domestic routes in Great Britain! Today, about 50 Ju 52/3ms survive, with less than ten flying. The Junkers Ju 52/3m is one of the most significant transport airplanes in the history of aviation.

About The Author

Jan Forsgren has an MA in History and is the author of five books including two in English. He has written hundreds of aviation-related articles for various aviation magazines, including 'Aeroplane', 'The Aviation Historian' and 'FlyPast'. He has also written articles on the Air Forces in Southeast Asia that are available on For Fonthill he has written ‘Sink the Beast: the 1944 RAF Lancaster Raids’, a work on the demise of the battleship Tirpitz.


"...provides a competent and wide-ranging general history along with possibly unique and detailed coverage of foreign civilian and military use, foreign production and preserved aircraft...Jan Forsgren’s authoritative and wide-ranging text covers all Ju 52 variants – illustrated with some 150 photos including 44 in colour - and includes chapters on projected replacements and survivors with appendices listing the extensive French and Spanish production."

- Luftwaffe Blog

"This book covers the complete story of the Junkers 52 from its predecessors that led to its development all the way through to the surviving examples today. It is a comprehensive and detailed look at where the Junkers 52/3m came from, its extensive use with both civilian and military operators and contains a lot of details of of its usage around the world from 1932 to 1982. It is quite surprising to learn just how widely used the Junkers 52/3m was and that its wartime use with the Luftwaffe is just one chapter in its story."

- Model Builder International

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