Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Albatros D.V – 2111/17 'M', Martin Mallmann, Jasta 19 'Les Tangos', Luftstreitkrafte, Western Front, January 1918, Shot down by 'The Grim Reapers'
1:48 Scale. Length: 6”. Wingspan: 7.4"
Limited Edition of 1,300 Models Worldwide
The French and volunteer American pilots who patrolled the Reims sector of the Western Front during the Great War were only too familiar with the various German fighter squadrons which would enter their airspace, usually in support of the latest land offensive. Often referred to by the markings they carried, their adversaries were simply known as 'The Reds, the Checkerboards or the Greens', but one unit which seemed to engage with them for longer than any other were the Albatros fighters of Jasta 19. With their lacquered plywood fuselages giving them an orangey appearance in the air, they were known as 'Les Tangos' by Allied airmen, who regularly fought them for control of their sector of the battlefield. Giving up a position as an aerial flight instructor in Berlin, Martin Mallmann requested transfer to an operational unit and arrived on the Western Front in the spring of 1917. By January 19, 1918, he stood on the verge of gaining the coveted 'Ace' status, with four victories already to his name. However, on that fateful day, he would fall to the guns of a French airman who was himself looking for his fifth 'Ace making' aerial victory.Die-cast metal fuselage
Detailed pilot figure
Historically accurate printed markings
Rotatable propeller with wood grain effect
Detailed wing rigging
Numbered collector card
Box with Albatros artwork
In combat with the Spads of Escadrille Spa 94 'The Reapers', Mallmann's Albatros D.V 2111/17 was brought down north of Manre-Beine, the victory was jointly credited to Pierre Marinovitch and his squadron mate, American volunteer pilot Austen Ballard Crehore.
Following the introduction of the Fokker Eindecker and first purpose built fighter aircraft, aviation developed at a dramatic rate over the next few years as the air forces of both Allied and Central Powers understood the importance of air superiority. At that time, however, the aircraft were still relatively primitive in design; with these aerial duels taking place less than fifteen years after the Wright Brothers had made their historic first powered flight. Using relatively low caliber machine guns and with little or no protection for airmen, aerial dog fights was a very personal affair, with luck playing a huge part in whether pilots went on to become an ace, or another name added to the growing casualty statistics.
The Albatros D.V was a fighter aircraft used by the Luftstreitkräfte (Imperial German Army Air Service) during World War I. It was the final development of the Albatros D.I family and the last to see operational service. Despite its shortcomings and general obsolescence, approximately 900 Albatros D.V and 1,612 D.Va aircraft were built before production was halted in 1918. The D.Va continued in operational service until the end of the war.
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