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Siemens-Schuckert Werke GmbH of Berlin and Nurnberg, aka "SSW", produced several interesting planes in small numbers, from fighters to giant bombers.[1] Siemens Halske had been founded in 1847 for the manufacture of telegraphic equipment, and in 1873 they merged with Schuckert works of Nürnberg to form Siemens-Schuckert. They started building airships in 1907, and their first bombers were of the giant R-class. In 1916 they entered the fighter arena with the E-class monoplanes, followed by the D.I and eventually D.III and D.IV.[2]

Production aircraft from the Great War or shortly thereafter include:


  1. The prototype E.II was basically an E.I with an 120hp Argus As.II inline engine instead of a rotary. It did not go into production.[3]
  2. A series of prototypes bore the D.II name, but none went into production. They led, however, to the D.III. The first three were pure D.II prototypes; the latter three were re-designated D.IIIs and were followed by production orders.[4]
  3. None of these particular versions of giant bombers saw combat use.[5]
  4. One R.VIII was finished and another was under construction at the Armistice. This six-engined giant saw flight testing in 1919, at which time it was the largest aircraft in the world.
  1. Gray'87, p.209.
  2. Gray'66, p.3.
  3. Gray'87, p.555.
  4. Gray'66, p.5.
  5. Gray'87, p.566.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter L. Gray, Profile Publications 86: The Siemens Schuckert D III & IV. England: Profile Publications Ltd., 1966.