The Gotha G.II was the evolution of the G.I, which found its way back under a new designer to the usual characteristics of the former aircraft. Despite some innovations, this bomber could convince little and was used only in small numbers.
Development and construction:
In early 1916, the designer Hans Burkhard was recruited by the Halberstadt Flugzeugwerken and commissioned with the development of a successor to the Gotha G.I. This put in the G.II again the lower wing to the fuselage and the upper wing was placed with stems back over the hull. Accordingly, with this construction, the engines could again be set at a greater distance and the chassis adapted.
In response to the demands of the Army Command for a bomber attacking England, the aircraft was equipped with a bomb load of up to 450 Kg bombs and two 220 hp Mercedes D IV engines installed.
After the first flight of the prototype in March 1916, some modifications had to be made, while initially only 10 aircraft should be built. In the summer of 1916, the second demonstration of the revised version followed. This could not fully convince the army command, so that after the order only four more bombers were ordered.
Use in the First World War:
Initially intended for bombing British cities, the Gotha G.II bombers were relocated to the Balkans for deployment and should be deployed there.
From October 1916, three to four bombers were deployed at the front. However, since the built-in engines tended to fractures, these bombers were used only until April 1917 and then withdrawn from the front.
|Mass:||2182 kg empty|
|Engine:||two eight-cylinder in-line engines Mercedes D IV with each 220 hp|
|Maximum speed:||148 km/h|
|Armament:||2 x 7,92 mm Parabellum LMG 08/15 machine guns and up to 450 kg bombs|
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