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Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer L.V.G.
Introduction 1916
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Wingspan 13.6 m (44 ft 7 in) [1]
Engine 220hp Mercedes D.IV
Armament fixed, sync. MG
flexible rear Parabellum
68 kg (150 lb)[1] of bombs
Crew 2

The L.V.G. C.IV was an enlarged version of the excellent L.V.G. C.II. Appearing in 1916, the C.IV used the troublesome Mercedes D.IV geared engine, which likely limited both production and deployment, as it had on almost every plane using that engine. [2] It may have been an LVG C.IV that made the first daylight aeroplane raid on London on 28 November 1916. [3]

For more information, see Wikipedia:LVG C.II.

Timeline [note 1][edit]


  1. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[4]
  1. 1.0 1.1 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  2. Munson, p.118.
  3. Gray, p.476.
  4. 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.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711