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 units.
Pfalz D.VIII Ltn Paul Baumer Jasta Boelcke August 1918
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.
Pfalz D.VIII Ltn Harald Auffarht Jasta 29 August 1918
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 marking.
Pfalz D.VIII Jasta 29
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 fromFlying Machines Press Research by Dan-San Abbott