The Siemens Schuckert D.IV was developed as successor to the D.III by the engineer Harald Wolff and should be used as a height hunter. In comparisons with other German aircraft, the D.IV proved to be the best fighter aircraft, but its introduction came too late to intervene effectively in the war.
Development and construction:
Diploma engineer Harald Wolff developed on the basis of the prototype Siemens Schuckert D.IIc and a type D.III aircraft another prototype with a larger span, which should fly especially at high altitudes.
At the end of 1917, the first aircraft of the German Army Command was presented, which then awarded an order of 280 aircraft to the company. In April 1918, the first aircraft were made available to the Jagdgeschwader 2 to use them directly at the front and to test extensively.
Use in the First World War:
From August 1918, the Jagdstaffeln 11, 14 and 22 were equipped with the Siemens Schuckert D.IV aircraft. Despite the large propeller and the high chassis, these were not easy to fly, the strengths nevertheless exceeded the simultaneously used Fokker D.VII.
In October 1918, the pilots found in a further comparison that the Siemens Schuckert D.IV was at this time the best fighter on the German side.
|Engine:||Eleven-cylinder rotary engine Siemens & Halske Sh.IIIa 210 hp|
|Maximum speed:||190 km/h|
|Armament:||2 x synchronized machine guns 7,92 mm LMG 08/15|
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