Gotha W.D.1

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Gotha W.D.1
Role Seaplane
Manufacturer Gotha
First flight pre-war
Introduction 17 Feb 1915 [1]
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built 5 [1]
Engine 100hp Mercedes D.I[1]or
100hp Gnome[2]
Armament none
Max Speed 90 km/h (56 mph) [2]
Ceiling 2,500 m (8,200 ft) [2]

Though only five of the Gotha WD.1 were built, three of them did see use in Turkey at Gallipoli. They were especially useful for submarine patrol. "WD" likely stands for Wasser Doppeldecker (Water Biplane).[1]

They were based on an Avro seaplane design refitted for a German engine.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Herris, p.26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Gray, p.397.
  3. Nowarra, p.72.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Jack Herris, Gotha Aircraft of WWI. USA, Aeronaut Books, 2013. ISBN 978-1-935881-14-8
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070