The basic design of the Albatros fighter was improved in January,1917 by taking the older D.II fuselage and adding V strut sesqui-plane wings. This modification created, in effect, the Bf 109 of its day. The D.II had given Germany air superiority in 1916 and, in 1917, the D.III continued this legacy by destroying 450 British aircraft during April of that year. Powered by a reliable, liquid-cooled 160hp Mercedes Benz engine, its twin Maxim maching guns firing through the propeller arc, the Albatros D.III was a highly effective fighting machine and ranked with the best the Allies could put up against it. However, it had one serious drawback. The narrow lower wing was prone to twisting and flexing in a prolonged dive, which frequently resulted in the loss of the entire wing. Despite many modifications, this problem was never really resolved in the V strut Albatros series and, because of this deficiency, Anthony Fokker was able to regain first place among the builders of German aircraft with the introduction of his Dr.I triplane.