Air Force

DFW C.V


DFW C.V #22 DFW C.V DFW C.V DFW C.V #3 DFW C.V #3

 

DFW C.V DFW C.V #5 DFW C.V The wreckage of DVW C.V #22 DVW C.V #22, Spilve, May 1920

 

The wreckage of DFW C.V(Av) #12

Source: # 12 - Abandoned by retreating German forces
              # 22 - acquired from Germans through the March 1920 pact
              # 3 - built from spare parts and remains of other planes in 1921.

Acquired: 1919

Type: two-seater reconaissance

Engine: 200-hp Benz BZ D-IV

Dimensions
Length: 7.85 m
Wing Span: 13.27 m
Height: 3.25 m
Max Speed: 155 km/hr

Range: 500 km

Maximum Ceiling: 6400 m

Known Serial Numbers: 3, 5, 12, 22

Notes

  • #3
    • Assembled by mechanics of the Aviation division from spare parts and remains of other aircraft. Completed in early 1921.
    • Sept. 21, 1921 - crashes heavily, requiring extensive rebuild.
    • Feb 28, 1923 - Assigned to the 3rd Squadron.
    • January 22, 1926 - flown by Nikolajs Bulmanis
    • Oct 21, 1932 - Transferred to the Artillery Spotting unit.
    • August 3, 1925 - crash landing at Daugavpils
    • September 10, 1928 - this aircraft crashes at Spilve and is not repaired. Aircrew (Bulmanis & Graveris) are injured, but recover.
      Date Personnel Duration Notes
      February 20, 1924 p - Gulbis 65 min training flight over aerodrome
      February 24, 1924 p - Gulbis 65 min training flight over aerodrome
      February 27, 1924 p - Gulbis 45 min training flight over aerodrome
      February 29, 1924 p - Gulbis 30 min training flight over aerodrome
      March 6, 1924 p - Gulbis 30 min training flight over aerodrome
      March 7, 1924 p - Gulbis 30 min training flight over aerodrome
      March 12, 1924 p - Gulbis 20 min training flight over aerodrome
      March 15, 1924 p - Gulbis 120 min training flight over aerodrome
      March 18, 1924 p - Gulbis 90 min training flight over aerodrome
      March 19, 1924 p - Gulbis 90 min training flight over aerodrome
      March 20, 1924 p - Gulbis 30 min training flight over aerodrome
      May 3, 1924 p - Gulbis 60 min training flight over aerodrome
      May 6, 1924 p - Gulbis 30 min training flight over aerodrome
      May 7, 1924 p - Gulbis 120 min training flight over aerodrome
      May 11, 1924 p - Gulbis 100 min training flight over aerodrome
      May 12, 1924 p - Gulbis 115 min training flight over aerodrome
      May 12, 1924 p - Gulbis 155 min training flight over aerodrome
      May 13, 1924 p - Gulbis 120 min training flight over aerodrome
      May 14, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      120 min artillery spotting training
      May 14, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      30 min artillery spotting training
      May 14, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      60 min artillery spotting training
      May 27, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - artillery officer
      110 min artillery spotting training
      June 12, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Lisenterbergs
      15 min engine test
      June 12, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Bobovskis
      120 min Riga - Cesis - Riga
      June 13, 1924 p - Gulbis 15 min formation flight over aerodrome
      June 13, 1924 p - Gulbis 30 min formation flight over aerodrome
      June 15, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Blaus
      35 min Participates in the Riga/Spilve Aviation Festival
      June 15, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Blaus
      40 min Participates in the Riga/Spilve Aviation Festival
      June 17, 1924 p - Gulbis + passenger 45 min VIP flight
      June 21, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Dekeris
      165 min Transfer flight to Daugavpils training camp
      July 17, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Linins
      35 min bombing practice
      July 17, 1924 p - Gulbis
      o - Linins
      100 min bombing practice
  • #12 (8205/18)
    • Sometimes described as "Aviatik C.V #8205". Believed to be DFW C.V (Aviatik) 8205/18.
    • abandoned by the Germans at Spilve in 1919.
    • fuselage, wings, control surfaces were fine, the engine lacked a magneto and the undercarriage wheels had no tyres. Deemed to be repairable.
    • April 11, 1920 - the aircraft was used to fly british Colonel Alexander from Spilve to Jelgava to Auce and, finally, to Liepaja.
    • May 19, 1920 - Flown from Spilve to Rezekne (3 hours) to take part in the battles vs the Bolsheviks in Latgale. (Blaubergs/Ziverts)
    • May 26, 1920 - Three-hour recon flight along Sebeza, Drisa and Opocka (Blaubergs/Ziverts)
    • May 31, 1920 - 20 minute test flight (Blaubergs/Ziverts)
    • June 14, 1920 - 20 minute test flight (Blaubergs/Ziverts)
    • July 5, 1920 - 20 minute test flight (Blaubergs/Ziverts)
    • July 17, 1920 - 30 minute test flight (Blaubergs/Ziverts)
    • July, 1920 - transfer flight from Rezekne to Spilve (presumably for repair)
    • July 28, 1920 - transfer flight from Spilve to Rezekne resulting in a fatal crash (Blaubergs/Ziverts/Rulle). Aircraft burned and totally destroyed.
  • #22 (C.7022/17)
    • Acquired from the Germans as part of the March, 1920 pact.
    • Engine was a Benz 228 hp, serial number 22771.
    • June 29, 1920 - The aircraft is destroyed in a fatal crash, claiming the life of pilot Sparins and his mechanic, Sabulis.


Sources:
- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Gray & Thetford German Aircraft of the First World War
- Humberstone, Richard Latvian Air Force 1918-1940
- Jane, Fred T. Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919
- Latvians.lv virtual museum web site (now withdrawn)
- Windsock Datafile #53 (DFW C.V)
- Additional information (dates of flights) taken from R.Gulbis' log book

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