Aircraft of the Aces Pfalz Scout Aces of WWI Osprey Books

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Great Book by Osprey Publishing. 96 pages
The Pfalz Flugzeug Werke, located at Speyer am Rhein in Bavaria, was the third in the great triumvirate (along with Fokker and Albatros) of German fighter manufacturers in the Great War. When WWI broke out in 1914, Pfalz initially produced copies of the Morane-Saulnier parasol monoplanes for the German air service. With the advent of the famed Fokker Eindeckers with their synchronized machine guns, Pfalz entered the fighter market with the Pfalz E.I and its successors, all monoplanes which were similarly armed. The first truly original Pfalz fighter was the sleek Pfalz D III, with its sophisticated wrapped plywood fuselage construction. The D III was produced in quantity and, along with the slightly improved D IIIa, equipped many of the army and navy Jagdstaffeln including Jastas 4 and 10 in JG I. Though never as popular or as numerous as the Albatros or Fokker designs, the D III/IIIa was flown in combat by many well-known aces: Werner Voss, Carl Degelow, Erich Lwenhardt, and the balloon buster Fritz von Rth, among others. The D.IIIa was succeeded by the neat little rotary-engined Pfalz D VIII biplane, a fast-climbing interceptor which saw limited production but was still flown by a few aces. The Pfalz story concludes with the D XII, a sturdy biplane built in quantity but overshadowed by the superb Fokker D.VII.