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    Posted: 24 Jun 2009 at 10:51

Halberstadt Scouts

146 Halberstadt DII-DV scouts were built by the parent company, together with a further sixty DII scouts built by Aviatik and Hannover under licence.

 

Six DV scouts, from the 2310/16 – 2339/16 batch, arrived in Turkey in March 1917. These were 2314/16 – 2324/16 and were allocated the serials HK1 – HK 6.

 

In January 1917 an order for twelve DV scouts was placed with Halberstadt simply to keep the factory busy during the changeover of production to the CLII, a new type. This was followed, in June 1917, by an order for another 25 DV scouts for Turkey. The latter were to be fitted with twin forward firing machine guns. These aircraft were allocated Turkish serials sequential with the first batch of Halberstadts, i.e. HK7 – HK 31.

 

The Turkish Halberstadts were allocated to :

 

6 TyBl Cannakkale                4.1917 – 11.1918

(commanded by German Lt Theo Croneiss)

9 TyBl San Stefano               8.1917 – 11.1918

12 TyBl Smyrna                     4.1917 – 6.1918

2 or 13 TyBl Mesopotamia 4.1917- 11.1918

15 TyBl defending the approaches to Istanbul through Thrace (Bulgaria)

1.1918 – 11.1918

 

In about March 1917 FA300 received two Halberstadt scouts, believed to be DVs (227 413/16 & 229 415/16), to replace the single Pflaz EII (448/16) and two Fokker EIII (366/16 & ?/16) Eindeckers. Between 9 March and 20 April 1917 the two Halberstadt scouts were responsible for three British pilots failing to return from sorties, together with four wounded, one of whom subsequently died.  In June 1917 the Halberstadts were, in turn, replaced by two Albatros DIII scouts in June 1917. In October 1918 the two ex FA300 Halberstadts were noted as being at Park Pascha (German aircraft park for aircraft serving with Turks), though it is unclear whether they were still airworthy.

 

Date

Number

Type

Serial

Engine

Werke No

 

March 1916

12

DII

100/16 – 111/16

Mercedes DII

159 – 170

 

March 1916

3

DIV

112/16 – 114/16

Benz BzIII

1 only built ?

 

May 1916

24

DII/DIII

115/16 – 138/16

Mercedes DII/

Argus AsII

171 – 194

 

 

1

DIII

 

Argus AsII ?

195

 

July 1916

13

DIII

392/16 – 404/16

Argus AsII

206 – 218

 

 

17

DV

405/16 – 421/16

 

219 – 235

 

July 1916

30

DII (Aviatik)

582/16 – 611/16

Mercedes DII

 

 

July 1916

30

DII (Hannover)

800/16 – 829/16

Mercedes DII

 

 

August 1916

20

DV

1099/16 – 1118/16

Argus AsII

236-255

 

 

1

DV

 

Argus AsII

256

 

October 1916

20

DV

2310/16 – 2339/16

Argus AsII

257-276

 

January 1917

12

DV

200/17 – 211/17

Argus AsII

356 – 367

 

June 1917

25

DV

3500/17 – 3524/17

Argus AsII

493 – 517

 

 

Turk Serial

German Serial

C/n

Notes

 

413/16

227

FA300 3.17 – 6.1917. Park Pascha 1.1918. Transferred to Maltepe Air Station 1920. Surviving aircraft captured by British troops 17.7.1920.

 

415/16

229

FA300 3.17 – 6.1917. Park Pascha 1.1918. Transferred to Maltepe Air Station 1920. Surviving aircraft captured by British troops 17.7.1920.

HK1

2314/16

261

Delivered 3.1917. 6 TyBl 1917-1918. Abandoned at Yesilkoy in 1920.

HK2

2315/16

262

Delivered 3.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 4.1917. Shot down 3.4.1917.

HK3

2317/16

264

Delivered 3.1917. 6 TyBl 4.1917. Struck off charge as damaged in 1917.

HK4

2319/16

266

Delivered 3.1917. Aircraft Park (Syria) 1917. Damaged 4.1917. Served with 6 TyBl and 12 TyBl. Damaged again 16.6.1918. Transferred to Maltepe Air Station 1920. Surviving aircraft captured by British troops 17.7.1920.

HK5

2320/16

267

Delivered 3.1917. 2 TyBl 4.1917.

HK6

2324/16

271

Delivered 3.1917. 2 TyBl 4.1917. Lost wing and crashed 21.4.1917.

HK7

3500/17

493

Delivered 3.1917. 15 TyBl 1918. Renumbered as HK17 in 1918. Stored at Maltepe Air Station 1920 ?

HK8

3501/17

494

Delivered 3.1917. 9 TyBl 1918. Transferred to Maltepe Air Station 1920. Surviving aircraft captured by British troops 17.7.1920.

HK9

3502/17

495

Delivered 3.1917 without engine. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 1918. Renumbered HK22 in 1918. 2nd Aircraft Station (formerly 2 TyBl), Erzincan , Anatolia, during Turkish War of Independence 18.8.1920.

HK10

3503/17

496

Delivered 3.1917 without engine. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 1918. Renumbered HK23 in 1918. 2nd Aircraft Station (formerly 2 TyBl), Erzincan , Anatolia, during Turkish War of Independence 18.8.1920.

HK11

3510/17

503

Delivered 12.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 11.1917. Renumbered HK7 in 1918. 2nd Aircraft Station (formerly 2 TyBl), Erzincan , Anatolia, during Turkish War of Independence 18.8.1920.

HK12

3511/17

504

Delivered 12.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 11.1917. Renumbered HK8 in 1918.

HK13

3512/17

505

Delivered 12.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 11.1917. 2 TyBl 1918. Renumbered HK9 in 1918. Lost 4.1918.

HK14

3513/17

506

Delivered 12.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 11.1917. 2 TyBl 1918. Renumbered HK10in 1918.

HK15

3514/17

507

Delivered 12.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 11.1917. 13 TyBl 1918. Renumbered HK11 in 1918.

HK16

3515/17

508

Delivered 12.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 11.1917. 2 TyBl 1918. Renumbered HK12 in 1918.

HK17

3516/17

509

Delivered 12.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 11.1917. 2 TyBl 1918. Renumbered HK13 in 1918.

HK18

3517/17

510

Delivered 12.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 11.1917. Renumbered HK14 in 1918.

HK19

3518/17

511

Delivered 12.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 11.1917. 13 TyBl 1918.Renumbered HK5 in 1918.

HK20

3519/17

512

Delivered 12.1917. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 11.1917. 2 TyBl 11.1917 - 1918. Renumbered HK16 in 1918.

HK21

3504/17

497

Delivered 1.1918. 9 TyBl 1918 (without engine). Transferred to Maltepe Air Station 1920. Surviving aircraft captured by British troops 17.7.1920.

HK22

3505/17

498

Delivered 1.1918. Transferred to Maltepe Air Station 1920. Surviving aircraft captured by British troops 17.7.1920.

HK23

3506/17

499

Delivered 1.1918. Renumbered HK24 in 6.1918

HK24

3507/17

500

Delivered 1.1918. Mosul Aircraft Park (Mespot) 1918.  Renumbered on 25.6.1918. 2nd Aircraft Station (formerly 2 TyBl), without engine, Erzincan , Anatolia, during Turkish War of Independence 18.8.1920.

HK25

3508/17

501

Delivered 1.1918. 9 TyBl 1918

HK26

3509/17

502

Delivered 1.1918. 9 TyBl 1918 (without engine). Serial not changed. Transferred to Maltepe Air Station 1920. Surviving aircraft captured by British troops 17.7.1920.

HK27

3520/17

513

Delivered 1.1918. 9 TyBl 1918. Renumbered HK18 in 6.1918

HK28

3524/17

517

Delivered 1.1918. 6 TyBl 1918. Renumbered HK21 in 6.1918. Transferred to Maltepe Air Station 1920. Surviving aircraft captured by British troops 17.7.1920.

HK29

3523/17

516

Delivered 1.1918. 6 TyBl 1918. Renumbered HK20 in 6.1918

HK30

3522/17

515

Delivered 1.1918. 15 TyBl 1918. Renumbered HK19 in 6.1918

HK31

3521/17

514

Delivered 1.1918. 9 TyBl 1918. Engineless 1920. Transferred to Maltepe Air Station 1920. Surviving aircraft captured by British troops 17.7.1920.

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