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Jasta 18: the Red Noses (Aviation Elite Units, Volume 40) by Greg Vanwyngarden

By Greg Vanwyngarden

Aviation Elite devices 40
Author: Greg VanWyngarden
Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
About this book
The historical past of Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel (or Jasta) 18 is among the extra designated and intricate of German fighter squadrons of worldwide conflict I. actually, the unit will be acknowledged to have had whatever of a ‘split personality’. shaped in Flanders on the finish of October 1916, the Jasta used to be first commanded through Oblt von Grieffenhagen, who led it to 35 victories in 9 months. In August 1917, the competitive and significant Oblt Rudolf Berthold took over the Staffel and taken a cadre of pro pilots with him from his former command. Berthold moulded his new unit right into a committed workforce of hunters, and left his stamp at the unit with a remarkable color scheme of red-nosed Pfalz and Albatros combatants with darkish blue fuselage and tail surfaces. This ebook tells the full tale of the unit, the victories, the defeats and the nice aces who flew the red-nosed fighters.
First Days
The Berthold Era
The nice body of workers Swap
On the Defence opposed to the RAF
Final Successes
Paperback; March 2011; 128 pages; ISBN: 9781849083355

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However, these lucky talismans failed to prevent the destruction of this machine, as seen on page 41 (J Rief) In this photograph, which reveals more details of the horseshoe/clover D V, it can be seen that the uppersurfaces of the wings retained the factory finish of green and mauve camouflage, while the cross on the underside of the bottom wing was defined with a white border. The port horizontal stabiliser was covered in unpainted printed 'lozenge' fabric. The unknown pilot was one of those who transferred to Jasta 15 in March 1918, for the same marking shows up on an Albatros in that unit (J Rief) Paul Strahle made his first tenminute test flight in D V 4594/17 on the morning of 5 October 1917.

He had earlier flown this machine in No 28 Sqn during the contest with Jasta 18 < JZ o 2Lt Hardit Singh Malik, the 'Flying Sikh', is seen with a Sopwith Camel at Yatesbury, in England. While serving with No 28 Sqn he flew with Barker against Jasta 18 and was wounded by Paul Strahle (J Guttman) 48 operation, and was planned over the CO's head. He actually forbade it, but Barker got the okay from Wing HQ'. Malik was game for whatever Barker offered. At 1045 hrs the four Camels struggled to lift off from the mud at Droglandt and headed into the soft drizzle.

As Berthold himself stated, 'Old Herr Dingel' and 'Father' Turck were hardly high-scoring fighter aces, but made their own contribution to the unit's spirit and atmosphere by their 'decent character'. Turck would be entrusted with command of the Jasta after Berthold was wounded, and had difficulties filling the shoes of his predecessor (Rahn Collection, NMUSAF) months. Perhaps a bit disappointed that he had missed out on the scoring spree of September, Strahle wrote; 'During my leave the Staffel has shot down thirty enemy machines.

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