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Although the Gotha bombers got most of the popular press, the Friedrichshafen G.III bombers were used in a similar medium night bomber role, along with the A.E.G. G.IV, including raids over Paris and many an Entente aerodrome. Pilot, rear gunner, and bombardier/front gunner manned the planes, though sometimes a crew of only two was carried. The rear cockpit had a trap door with two windows to facilitate downward vision. The sturdy undercarriage and easy flight characteristics protected the G.III from landing mishaps that plagued many German bombers.

Friedrichshafen G.III
Role Bomber
Manufacturer Friedrichshafen
First flight March 1917 [1]
Introduction May-June 1917
Primary user Cross-Pattee-alternate3.svg Germany
Number built ~575 ordered [2]
Developed from Friedrichshafen G.II
Variants Friedrichshafen G.IIIa
Wingspan 23.8 m (78 ft) [3]
Engine 2×260hp Mercedes D.IVa inlines
Armament 2-3× flexible Parabellum MGs, front and rear
450 kg (1,000 lb)[3]-1,500 kg (3,300 lb) of bombs
Crew 3 [note 1]
Max Speed 135 km/h (84 mph)[4] to
141 km/h (88 mph)[5][3] to
150 km/h (93 mph)[6]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:30[6]-6:31[3]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 10:30[6]-13:56[3]
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 20:00[6]-23:20[3]
Ceiling 4,500 m (14,800 ft)[5]
Endurance 5:00 [4][5]

The similar Friedrichshafen G.IIIa replaced the wide-chord G.III tail with a compound tail.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Friedrichshafen G.III.

Timeline [note 2]Edit


Game DataEdit

Wings of GloryEdit

Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
17Q3-18Q4 XD B/B 25 10 5

Game notes: This aircraft has a front, rear & side MG - only rear or side can be fired after each movement phase, not both, as they are operated by the rear gunner.

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  1. Sometimes only two. All cockpits were connected.[4]
  2. German numbers are from bi-monthly Frontbestand records (Effective Frontline Strength).[7]
  1. Grosz'97, p.3.
  2. Grosz'97, p.37.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, pp.222-223.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gray, p.116.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.25.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Grosz'97, p.31.
  7. Grosz'85, p.60 and Grosz'86, p.66.
  • Peter Gray and Owen Thetford. German Aircraft of the First World War. Great Britain, Putnam, 1962, 1987. ISBN 0-85177-809-7.
  • Peter M. Grosz, "Archiv -- Frontbestand". WW1 Aero, № 107, Dec 1985 and № 108, Feb 1986. Poughkeepsie, NY: World War I Aeroplanes, Inc.
  • P.M. Grosz, Windsock Datafile 65: Fdh G.III~IIIa. Great Britain: Albatros Publications Ltd., 1997. ISBN 0-948414-97-9
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711