Gotha G.II

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Gotha G.II
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Role Bomber
Manufacturer Gotha
Designer Hans Burkhardt [1], Karl Rösner[2]
First flight March 1916 [1]
Introduction Aug/Sep 1916 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 10 [1]
Wingspan 23.7 m (77 ft 10 in) [3]
Engine 2×220hp Mercedes D.IV inlines
Armament front flexible Parabellum and
rear flexible Parabellum
450 kg (1,000 lb)[3]-1,010 kg (2,200 lb) of bombs
Max Speed 145 km/h (90 mph)[3]-148 km/h (92 mph)[4]
Climb 3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 28:00[4]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 41:00[4]

The Gotha G.II set the design trend for all subsequent Gotha bombers, with twin engines and a crew of three, with one gunner forward and another aft. Its biggest limitation was the use of the unreliable Mercedes D.IV, the bane of every plane designed for its use. Staffel 20 of KG4 used eight of them operationally, but their missions were likely limited by engine failures.[1]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Gotha G.II.

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Notes
  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Herris, p.106.
  2. Lamberton, p.148.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gray, p.411.
  5. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
Bibliography
  • 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, "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.