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Albatros D.III

The Killer of "Bloody April"


Albatros D.III

German Ace Ernst Udet with his Albatros D.III

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Albatros D.III

  • Nation: Germany
  • Manufacturer: Albatross
  • Designer: Robert Thelen
  • Dates of Service: 1916-1918
  • Number Built: 1,866
  • Speed: 108.5 mph
  • Range: 300 miles
  • Ceiling: 18,044 feet
  • Wingspan: 29 feet, 6 inches
  • Engine: 1× Mercedes D.IIIa inline water cooled engine, 170 hp
  • Armament: 2x 7.92 mm LMG 08/15 machine guns
  • Notes: One of the next generation of German fighters, the Albatross D.III and its predecessor the Albatross D.II combined to inflict heavy losses on the Allies in April 1917. Known as "Bloody April," German aircraft outclassed their opposition and dominated the skies over the Western Front.

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