Duel SE5a vs Albatros D V - Western Front 1917-1918 Osprey Books

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Amid the ongoing quest for aerial superiority during World War I, the late spring of 1917 saw two competing attempts to refine proven designs. The Royal Aircraft Factory SE 5a incorporated improvements to the original SE 5 airframe along with 50 more horsepower to produce a fast, reliable ace-maker. The Albatros D V, a development of the deadly D III of Bloody April, proved to be more disappointing. Nevertheless, Albatrosen remained the Germans most common fighters available when the Germans launched their final offensive on 21 March 1918. Despite its shortcomings, German tactics and skill made the Albatros D V a dangerous foe that SE 5a pilots dismissed at their peril. This title tells the story of the design and development of these two fighters and concludes with their dramatic fights in the last year of World War I. Contents: Introduction, Chronology, Design and Development, The Strategic Situation, Technical Specifications, The Combatants, Combat, Statistics and analysis, Aftermath, Bibliography, Further Reading, Glossary, 80 pages