|Introduction||May 1917 |
|Number built||25 |
|Wingspan||23.7 m (77 ft 10 in) |
|Engine||2×260hp Mercedes D.IVa inlines|
|Armament||flexible front Parabellum and|
flexible rear Parabellum[note 1]
450 kg (1,000 lb)-1,235 kg (2,700 lb) of bombs
|Max Speed||148 km/h (92 mph) |
|Climb||3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 28:00|
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 41:00
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. According to Lamberton, the G.III introduced the downward-firing tunnel in the rear fuselage to protect against attacks from the rear and below, 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.
- Also a downward-firing ventral MG
- German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).
- Lamberton, p.148.
- Herris, p.110.
- Lamberton, pp.222-223.
- Gray, p.411.
- 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, "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.