Fighting Colours � Fokker D Vll and Nieuport 23
By 1918 the air war over Flanders had developed to the point where the opposing aircraft were seen in a bizarre mixture of flamboyant colour schemes and slightly weird camouflage. The American pilots of the Escadrille Lafayette flaunted their national heritage with the Indian head-dress while the leader of Jagdgeschwader 2, Rudolph Berthold, used his own personal emblem on his highly colourful Fokker D Vll.
The Escadrille pilots were generally absorbed into American Fighter Squadrons by May 1918, when the Fokker D.Vll came into service, carrying on the bright colour schemes with their �Hat in the Ring� insignia on the later Nieuports and Spads.. The image assumes a contact involving one of the erstwhile Escadrille pilots in an aircraft still sporting the Escadrille colour scheme.
November 19th, 2015
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