The Albatros D.III was the continuation of the line of “shark shaped” fighters that began with the D.I in the fall of 1916. Among the improvements was adopting the “sesquiplane” design from the Nieuport fighters, gaining climb and visibility, but weakening the structure. Still, the D.III dominated the skies and was the main killer during “Bloody April.” The Austrians built the D.III under license and actually managed to improve on the original. There were still some in combat at the Armistice.
Kurt Gruber’s first victory came with the Austro–Hungarian ace Godwin Brumowski manning the guns in his Albatros 2–seater, and they fought together again in this D.III in Flik 41J.