The Siemens Schuckert D.III emerged from the various prototypes of the D.II, which were only built and developed to test the new Siemens & Halske Sh.III circulating motor. Only after the first deficiencies were corrected could the D.III prove itself as a good interceptor.
Development and construction:
After the start of production at Siemens-Schuckert D.I, engineer Harald Wolff was already working on a prototype that was able to accommodate the new Siemens & Halske Sh.III rotary engine. A total of six aircraft were built and extensively tested. The last version, the D.IIe seemed to be so promising that it was presented in October 1917 as D.III of the German army leadership.
On December 26, 1917 initially only 20 aircraft were ordered, which were used in January 1918 on the Western Front. In February, the next order of 30 aircraft followed.
Use in the First World War:
The Jagdgeschwader 2 was the first to receive the new aircraft. Already after the first missions, the pilots reported that the engine tends to overheat quickly and also threatened piston eats and crankshaft breaks. Siemens-Schuckertwerke had some of the aircraft already built cut out part of the bonnet in order to be able to cool the engine better. Also some other deficiencies were fixed, so that the airplanes could be used starting from July 1918 again at the front.
After fixing the deficiencies of the engine, the very good climbing performance of the aircraft showed up, so that they were mainly used as interceptors until the end of the war.
|Typ:||Fighter plane / Interceptor|
|Engine:||Siemens & Halske Sh.III eleven-cylinder rotary engine 210 hp|
|Maximum speed:||190 km/h|
|Armament:||2 x synchronized machine guns 7,92 mm LMG 08/15|
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