D III 38 (1939)

Directed by: Herbert Maisch and Hans Bertram
Produced by: Fred Lyssa
Written by: Wolf Neumeister and Hans Bertram
Music by: Robert Küssel
Cinematography: Georg Krause and Heinz von Jaworsky
Edited by: Carl Otto Bartning
Production company: Tobis Film
Distributed by: Tobis Film
Release date: 26 October 1939
Country: Germany
Language: German


Christian Kayßler: First lieutenant Mithoff
Otto Wernicke: Senior mechanic Bonicke
Heinz Welzel: Corporal Fritz Paulsen
Hermann Braun: Corporal Robert Eckhard
Adolf Fischer: Corporal Zeissler
Horst Birr: Mechanic Hasinger
Karl Martell: Lt. Ludwig Becker
Fritz Eberth: Radio operator Lindner
Carsta Löck: Farm girl Lina
Paul Otto: General
Paul Bildt: Staff doctor of the flight squadron
Hans Bernuth: Pilot
Ernst Dernburg: Adm. during the maneuver
Erich Dunskus: Farmer
Heinz Engelmann: Lt. Frank
Ilse Fürstenberg: Farmer woman
Malte Jäger: 1-st. Radio operator
Ferry Reich: 2-nd. Radio operator
Josef Kamper: Farmhand
Hilde Land: Cantinero woman
Guenther Markert: Naval officer
Hans Meyer-Hanno: Cantinero
Egon Vogel: Paramedic
Eduard von Winterstein: Country doctor
Wolfgang Staudte: Naval officer
Walter Gross: Radio operator
Theo Brandt: Fliegeroffizier

D III 88 is a 1939 German drama film directed by Herbert Maisch and Hans Bertram and starring Christian Kayßler, Otto Wernicke and Heinz Welzel. It was the last of a series of National-Socialist aviation films to be made before the outbreak of World War II. It was one of the most commercially successful films released during the National-Socialist era. Dr. Joseph Goebbels praised the film as “an irreproachable film of national destiny”. The title, referring to the serial number of the Albatros D.III flown by one of the characters in the World War I, was an attempt to reinforce the link between the modern Luftwaffe and that of World War I.


Two extraordinary young pilots engage in a competitive rivalry and also fight over the same girl. In an effort to show off both fly into a dangerous storm, damaging their planes and are suspended from duty. They are finally convinced by their commanding officer, a veteran of World War I, to use their talents in a more disciplined way for their country.

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