Albatros D.V – Luftstreitkrafte Jagdstaffel 79b, Hans Bohning, Villers le Sec, France, Spring 1918 1/48
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Corgi Aviation 1/48 scale AA37805: Albatros D.V of Luftstreitkrafte Jagdstaffel 79b, Hans Bohning, Villers le Sec, France, Spring 1918
Limited edition of 1,000 pieces.
Length 6 inches Wingspan 7.5 inches
PLEASE NOTE; Certificate is missing on this model
After serving in combat with a field artillery regiment, Leutnant Hans Böhning transferred to the Fliegertruppe in 1916 and saw duty on 2-seaters before being trained as a fighter pilot. He was initially posted to Jasta 36 where he scored his first 4 victories. He was transferred to Jasta 76 where he scored his 5th victory. In January 1918 Böhning transferred to Jasta 79b as commander and took his victory tally to 17. One of his best recognised aircraft during this period was this distinctive blue and white striped Albatros DVa with its Ace of Spades insignia. On 20th September, two days after his final victory, Böhning was wounded flying a Fokker DVII. Upon his recovery he took over Jasta 32b on 1st November, just eleven days before the Armistice was signed. Hans Böhning died in October 1934 at the age of 41 following a glider crash.
Designed by Robert Thelen then refined and lightened, the Albatros D.V was the preeminent fighter during the period of German aerial dominance- first flown in 1917. Fundamental version improvements in wing design such as mounting the radiator in the center of the upper wing section, improved pilot visibility- critical in dog fighting tactics. The Albatros could now attain altitudes of over 3,000 feet in only five minutes and with improved stability and firepower and the Albatros system continued to dominate the skies. The Allies responded to the success of the Albatros series with new fighters including the SPAD VII, Sopwith Camel, S.E.5a, Bristol F2B, and others.