Gotha G.III

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Gotha G.III
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Role Bomber
Manufacturer Gotha
Introduction May 1917 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 25 [2]
Wingspan 23.7 m (77 ft 10 in) [3]
Engine 2×260hp Mercedes D.IVa inlines
Armament flexible front Parabellum and
flexible rear Parabellum[note 1]
450 kg (1,000 lb)[3]-1,235 kg (2,700 lb)[2] of bombs
Max Speed 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]
Endurance 7:00 [1]

The greatest limitation of the Gotha G.II -- unreliable engines -- was corrected in the Gotha G.III. Two 260hp Mercedes D.IVa engines powered the G.III. They were delivered between 15 Oct 1916 and March 1917 and served with KG2.[2] According to Lamberton, the G.III introduced the downward-firing tunnel in the rear fuselage to protect against attacks from the rear and below,[1] but other sources say the G.III had a separate lower-ventral MG and the tunnel first appeared in the G.IV.

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

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Notes
  1. Also a downward-firing ventral MG
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[5]
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lamberton, p.148.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Herris, p.110.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.