Aviation
   
 
Turkey in the First World War
 
 


Gotha

Gotha LD2


Source: www.historicaircraft.org



LD2 is a maritime biplane that became operational in 1914. After they became obsolete in the German Navy the LD2s were sent to Turkey as military aid, and they were deployed in Izmir. A total of six LD2s were deployed within the Turkish armed forces in January 1916 but they were all crashed by the end of 1917.

 


Origin:
Germany
Crew:
2
Engine:
1 x Mercedes in-line engine
Power:
105 hp Wingspan: 12.25 m
Length:
8.00 m Height: 3.45 m
Maximum speed:
110 km/h
Service ceiling:
3000 m
Armament:
none
Gotha WD1


Source: www.tayyareci.com


Turkey received five planes of the WD1 model, which arrived in June and September 1915.
 

Origin:
Germany
Crew:
2
Engine:
1 x Gnome rotary engine
Power:
100 hp Wingspan: 14.10 m
Length:
10.35 m Height: 4.00 m
Maximum speed:
90 km/h
Take-off weight:
1220 kg
Armament:
none
Gotha WD2


Source: www.ole-nikolajsen.com


Turkey received three planes of the WD2 model, which arrived in October 1915. They were all lost in combat over the Sea of Marmara.
 

Origin:
Germany
Crew:
2
Engine:
1 x Mercedes in-line engine
Power:
160 hp Wingspan: 15.52 m
Length:
10.52 m
Maximum speed:
90 km/h
Take-off weight:
1628 kg
Armament:
1 x machine gun
Gotha WD12


Source: www.tayyareci.com


A total of 14 planes of the WD12 model were deployed in Turkey. The first two planes came in December 1915 and the second party of three arrived in January 1916. The remaining nine planes arrived in July and September 1918.
 

Origin: Germany
Crew: 2
Armament: 1 x machine gun

Gotha WD13



Source: www.tayyareci.com




Turkey received two planes of the WD13 model, which arrived in March 1917.
 


Origin: Germany
Crew: 2
Armament: 1 x machine gun


"A Gotha biplane flying over the coast"
(Oil painting by Haslet Soyöz, 2004
)
   

 

 
 
 
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