From Wings of Linen

We suffer from a lack of documentation on Deutsche Flugzeug-Werke Gmbh (D.F.W.) of Leipzig-Lindenthal. They have a reputation as a "one-hit-wonder": while their C.V was one of the most highly-produced planes of the entire war, all of their other planes were produced only in very small numbers. DFW was founded in 1911 and most of their early income came from training potential pilots. Their earliest aeroplanes were Mars Pfeil (arrow) and Taube (dove) trainers, and until the advent of the C.V, their yearly outputs were all under one hundred aircraft.[1]

Aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. Probably only a prototype C.VI was built.
  2. A D.F.W. R.III was planned in 1918, powered by eight 260hp Mercedes D.IVs, but it did not leave the drawing boards.[2]
  1. Grosz, p.2.
  2. Haddow'69, pp.93-98.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 53: DFW C.V. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1995. ISBN 0-948414-70-7
  • G.W. Haddow and Peter M. Grosz, The German Giants; The German R-Planes 1914-1918. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 2nd Ed., 1969. ISBN 9780370000374
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027