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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]

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. Probably only a prototype C.VI was built.
  1. Grosz, p.2.
  • 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
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027