With a phenomenal climb the Pfalz D.VIII sadly never lived up to its
potential due to the unproven and faulty Siemens-Halske contra-rotary
engine. This highly innovative engine featured the propellor and cylinders
both rotating around the crankshaft - but in oppostie directions - allowing
higher power for lower RPMs. However the ersatz oil used by the Germans
wasn't of a quality to allow this engine operate properly and it suffered
many failures in flight. Because of this very few D.VIIIs reached operational
Ltn Paul Baumer
One of the few D.VIIIs used was flown by Paul Baumer at Jasta Boelcke.
His D.VIII features the unit marking of a white/black tail and cowl.
As on his Fokker Dr.I, Baumer had the national colours of red/white/black
around the fuselage.
Note the four-bladed propellor on this aircraft. This was in fact two
two-bladed props bolted together. Contest judges take note .. this is
correct, and not a builder's mistake.
Ltn Harald Auffarht
One unit that recieved a few D.VIIIs was Jasta 29. Ltn Harald Auffarht
was photographed in front of one of them, although the fuselage marking
is unclear, Auffarth's Albatros and Fokker fighters also carried this
Anothe Jasta 29 machine is seen here. This one features what appears
to be a Fleur-de-lys on the fuselage.
Various photos used in the preparation of the forthcoming Pfalz volume
from Flying Machines Press
Research by Dan-San Abbott