O.Thetford, P.Gray German Aircraft of the First World War (Putnam)
L.F.G. Roland C V
This 1917 two-seater was based upon the D II design as is apparent from the arrangement of the centre-section pylon. Only a single prototype was built. Engine, 160 h.p. Mercedes D III. Armament, one Spandau and one Parabellum machine-guns.
L.F.G. Roland C VIII
This rather ponderous-looking aircraft was the last L.F.G. original design two-seater. It stemmed from the C III, but remained no more than a prototype, as the firm was called upon to build the Albatros C X under licence. Engine, 260 h.p. Mercedes D IVa or 245 h.p. Maybach Mb IV. Armament, one Spandau and one Parabellum machine-guns.
J.Herris Roland Aircraft of WWI (A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes 9)
The Roland C.V was a compact, streamlined two-seater derived from the Roland D.II fighter. Like the D.II the C.V was a single-bay biplane that utilized Wickelrumpf technology for the fuselage structure. The C.V was powered by a 160 hp Mercedes D.III engine and had one fixed and one flexible machine gun. Apparently there was no significant advantage over the C.II and only one C.V was built.
Roland C.V Specifications
Engine: 160 hp Mercedes D.III
Roland C.VI & C.VII
See the Roland C.IV for a brief discussion of the unknown Roland C-types. These were likely un-built Roland designs but may have been factory designations for C-types built under license.
The Roland C.VIII was a large, two-bay two-seater with conventional struts. Clearly derived from earlier Roland designs that utilized Wickelrumpf technology for the fuselage structure, it was a competitor for the Albatros C.X and was similarly powered by the 260 hp Mercedes D.IVa or Maybach Mb.IV. After evaluation of these types Roland was ordered to build the Albatros C.X, itself a mediocre aircraft, under license instead of its own C.VIII design. The C.VIII was the last original Roland two-seat design to be built; after the C.VIII Roland built other two-seat types under license.
Roland C.VIII Specifications
Engine: 260 hp Mercedes D.IVa or
245 hp Maybach Mb.IV