D III 88

D III 88 (sometimes written as DIII 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 made as a propaganda film with the support of Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring, and was the last of a series of Nazi aviation films to be made before the outbreak of World War II. It was one of the most commercially successful films released during the Nazi era.[1] It was praised by Joseph Goebbels as "an irreproachable film of national destiny".[2] 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 re-inforce the propaganda link between the modern Luftwaffe and that of World War I.[3]

D III 88
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Directed by
Written by
  • Wolf Neumeister
  • Hans Bertram
Produced byFred Lyssa
Edited byCarl Otto Bartning
Music byRobert Küssel
Distributed byTobis Film
Release date
  • 26 October 1939 (1939-10-26)


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.



  1. ^ Paris p. 94
  2. ^ Paris p. 95
  3. ^ Paris p. 95


  • Paris, Michael (1995). From the Wright Brothers to Top Gun: Aviation, Nationalism, and Popular Cinema. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0-7190-4074-0.

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