|Introduction||Nov 1916 |
|Primary users|| Germany|
|Number built||232 German; 40 A-H|
|Wingspan||23.7 m (77 ft 10 in) |
|Engine||2×260hp Mercedes D.IVa inlines or|
2×260hp Hiero inlines
|Armament||flexible forward Parabellum and|
flexible rear Parabellum[note 1]
450 kg (1,000 lb) or 300 kg (660 lb)-500 kg (1,100 lb) of bombs
|Max Speed||140 km/h (87 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 8:01|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 18:06
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 28:00 to 33:06
|Ceiling||6,500 m (21,300 ft)|
|Range||490 km (305 mi)|
Fifty-two Gotha G.IV bombers were ordered in August 1916, with additional orders for 150 from L.V.G. and eighty from Siemens-Schuckert. Another forty were built by LVG for Austria-Hungary adapted for Hiero engines. The G.IV was a refinement of the Gotha G.III, with the same engines but the introduction of a tunnel through which the rear gunner could fire downward through the fuselage. The tunnel allowed a firing arc of 25° laterally and 60° vertically.
The G.IV's fuselage was plywood-skinned but still braced as if covered with fabric, making it extremely resilient. Fuel tanks were placed inside the engine nacelles.
Their first successful daylight raid on London occurred on 25 May 1917, spurring Britain to greatly increase Home Defense. Losses through the summer pushed the Gothas into night bombing by autumn of 1917, and the challenges of night landings increased with the need for night landings. Most Gotha losses were due to accidents. 
In Austria-Hungary the G.IVs arrived in spring of 1918 but did not fly missions until summer. Most were powered by a pair of 230-240hp Hiero engines. They were designated the Gotha G.IV(LVG) Series 08. While thirty-seven remained on the rolls in August 1918, only a few were serviceable due to problems with the engines, landing accidents, and other problems. 
For more information, see Wikipedia:Gotha G.IV.
Timeline [note 2]
|Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
Miniatures and Models
- Metal kit: Red Eagle
- Metal Cast: Goblintooth/H.A./MSD GEG-09
- This gun could fire downwards through a tunnel in the fuselage.
- German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).
- Herris, p.118.
- Lamberton, pp.222-223.
- Gray, p.128.
- Gray, p.132.
- Grosz'93, p.448.
- Grosz'93, p.448.
- Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
- Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
- Peter M. Grosz, George Haddow, and Peter Schiemer. Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One. Flying Machines Press, 1993. ISBN 0-9637110-0-8.
- Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
- Jack Herris, Gotha Aircraft of WWI. USA, Aeronaut Books, 2013. ISBN 978-1-935881-14-8
- W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027