Agile and heavily armed, the Albatros D.III looked similar to earlier models. Using V-struts, the size of the lower wing was reduced to improve downward visibility. But the struts allowed the wing to twist in flight. Manfred von Richthofen, one of the first pilots to receive the new plane, experienced this problem first hand when the lower wing of his D.III cracked in flight.
Austro-Hungarian Air Service:
German Air Service:
Jasta 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Albatros D.III Specifications
Albatros Werke GmbH
Mercedes D.IIIa, liquid cooled, 6 cylinder inline, 175 hp