Three Fokker D.VII Jagdgeschwader Nr.I Jasta 6
I had a 3 day weekend so I took time for rest, relaxation and consolidation. For a change of pace I am posting some of a series aircraft from Jasta 6 I've been working on. In between all the chaos I have also been busy working up some Turkish and Greek planes from the Greek Turkish War for my main profile gallery which should make one of my readers happy.
This airplane is an early D.VII flown by Richard Wenzl who commanded the Jasta in part of 1918. What sets it apart from other Fokker D.VII in Jasta 6 is the streaked khaki paint scheme on the fuselage instead of a lozenge pattern. The wings are covered in a 5 colored lozenge pattern fabric. The forward fuselage and tail plane are painted with the distinctive diagonal black and white stripes associated with the jasta. As with many example in Jasta 6 the wheel covers are also done in a striped pattern.
The scheme is similar to many Jasta D.VII. The fuselage is covered in a 4 color Lozenge and the wings in a 5 color pattern. The black and yellow stripes are the personal markings of the pilot, Ltn. Werner Noldecke.
Once again this D.VII is the basic Jasta scheme. The white shield with a spade on it is the personal insignia of an unidentified pilot.
History of Jagdstaffel 6
Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 6 was founded on 25 August 1916. It was one of the original units of the Luftstreitkräfte, which was the forerunner to the Luftwaffe. The jasta was formed from Fokkerstaffel Sivry, itself an early attempt to use the new winged weapons of fighter aircraft. On 29 September, it was assigned to 2 Armee and refurbished with Albatros D.I fighters.
When Manfred von Richthofen formed Jagdgeschwader 1 on 24 June 1917, Jasta 6 moved to Markebecke on 2 July to join them. The squadron would remain part of the Flying Circus for the rest of the war. In June, July, and August of 1917, the jasta lost a commanding officer per month to enemy action, even as the unit moved from one hot spot to another. It also struggled with technological problems, as it needed genuine castor oil to lubricate the rotary engines of its airplanes.
Jasta 6, at the end of the war, moved back into FEA 9, Darmstadt. On 16 November 1918, they disbanded and passed into history. They had been credited with 196 confirmed aerial victories, at the cost of ten pilots killed in action, 9 wounded in action, two killed in flying accidents, four Injured in flying accidents, and two pilots taken prisoner of war.
Although most notable aces in the squadron rose to command at one time or another, Franz Hemer and Kurt Küppers served in its ranks and earned honors without succeeding to the helm.
When the squadron was formed, it had eight Fokker Eindeckers, mostly Fokker E.IVs, which it used for its first month of operations. It added Albatros D.Is on strength in September 1916, and had at least one Fokker D.V assigned. Albatros D.IIIs were put into service in March 1917. By June 1917, Albatros D.Vs had been added to the squadron's roster, as well as Fokker Triplanes. Many of the aircraft wore a unit marking of black and white stripes on their elevators; personal insignia went on the fuselage. On the later triplanes, the engine cowling was painted scarlet and white in a petal pattern. By May 1918, the unit was re-equipped with some Fokker D.VIIs. In August, it received some Fokker D.VIIIs, but had to withdraw them from service due to lack of castor oil to lubricate their air-cooled rotary engines.
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- Above the Lines: The Aces and Fighter Units of the German Air Service, Naval Air Service and Flanders Marine Corps, 1914-1918. Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey, Russell Guest. Grub Street, 1993. ISBN 0948817739, 9780948817731.