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No. 10489. Pfalz D.III ("G.110") Royal Flying Corps
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Pfalz D.III

02/28/2011. Designed by Ing. Geringer assisted by Ing. Paulus and Ing. Geldmacher, the D.III owed much to experience gained in manufacture of the LFG Roland D.I and D.II, and was an unequal-span single-bay biplane of wooden construction with a semi-monocoque fuselage.

Powered by a 160 hp Daimler D III six-cylinder water-cooled engine and carrying an armament of twin LMG 08/15 machine guns, the D.III completed Typen-Prüfung (type testing) at Adlershof in June 1917. By October 1917, 145 D.IIIs were already in squadron service, the number at the Front attaining a peak of 276 by the year's end.

The D.IIIa, which embodied relatively minor changes including a redesigned, longer-span tailplane, repositioned guns and modified lower-wing tips, reached the Front in December 1917. The D.IIIa attained its peak service usage in April 1918 when 433 were at the Front. Similarly powered and armed to the D.III, the D.IIIa remained in first-line use until the end of hostilities.

The pictured aircraft was flown by Vzfw (Vizefeldwebel, acting Sergeant) Hecht of Jasta 10 (Jagdstaffel, fighter squadron) of the German AAS on December 17, 1917, when it was downed intact near Estrées-en-Chaussée, France, by 2nd Lieutenants A.G. Hanna and R.A. Burnand of No. 35 Squadron, RFC. The original German serial, D.1370/17, is still visible, while the RFC code G.110 is shown twice.



Created February 28, 2011