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WOW045 Albatros D.V LE12 by King and Country

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Product Description

WOW045 The Albatros D.V entered service in 1917 having replaced the Albatros
D 111. Initially a disappointing aircraft, the Albatros D.V underwent
several modifications during its operational history before it was
considered adequate enough to deal with Allied aircraft. Von Richoften
heavily criticised the aircraft saying it was hopelessly inferior to the
English and that nothing could be done with it. However due to the lack of a
suitable replacement until the Fokker Triplane came into service, some 2,500
Albatros D.V were built and over 1000 still remained in service by the end
of the war. The Albatros served in all theatres during WW1 and was employed
post war by the fledgling Polish air force.
Our Albatros is one flown by Lt Otto Konnecke who was born on 20 December
1892. Konnecke was a carpenter by trade but bored with this mundane life he
enlisted into the army in  1911 and then transferred to the Luftstreitkrafte
in 1913 to become a non commissioned pilot. By the time war broke out
Konnecke was an instructor and therefore did not get to see any combat
flying until the end of 1916. Early in 1917 he quickly started totting up
kills, sometimes 3 in 1 day. By November 1918 his score stood at 35 downed
aircraft, the last one being on the 4th November, 1 week before the war
ended. Konnecke was eventually commissioned as an officer and awarded
several medals including the Iron Cross, The Blue Max, Golden Military Merit
Cross and The Knights Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of
Hohenzollern. After the war Konnecke became one of the first pilots to fly
for Lufthansa, during WW2 he enlisted into the Luftwaffe and became the
Commanding Officer of the military flying school at Scrau. He died
peacefully in 1956 aged 64 years old.
Konnecke flew an extremely colourful green Albatros during WW1 and we hope
we have faithfully depicted his beautiful looking machine in our release.
This aircraft comes with a Bergmann armed sentry figure GW060C,
unfortunately we do not have pictures of this figure just yet and will post
out to buyers later in the month once the figure becomes available.  A
limited edition of 12 pieces please email me if you wish to reserve this
great looking aircraft as they will not be around for long.

Other Details

Release Date:
November 2015
Retired Date:
November 2015

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