Fokker D.VII Early, mil. No unknown, Hptm. Rudolf Berthold, CO of JG II, Le Mesnil-Nesle,
France, June 1918
The first D.VII of combative and patriotic 44 victories ace Rudolf Berthold was of early production batch and is well known thanks to the
photo, showing it in the colours of Jasta 15 (Berthold was leading it before promoted to the JG II command), i.e. red nose and middle blue
fuselage and upper surfaces of the wings. The abovementioned photo depicts the aircraft in unfinished state of paint job when part of the
fuselage was still left in original factory streaked painting. It was overpainted later as the reports state. You can choose which one scheme
You prefer. The bottom of the fuselage was neither left in original factory light blue colour, or also overpainted by middle blue. Regarding the
bottom side of the wings we tend to the „lozenge“ four colour light variant, but some sources are stating light blue overpaint of it.
Fokker D.VII Early, 365/18, Lt. Josef Carl Peter Jacobs, CO of Jasta 7, St Marguerite, France,
Long serving commander of Jasta 7 (from August 2, 1917 till the end of the war), the 47 victory ace, was famous for his all black Fokkers Dr.I
and D.VII marked with the distinct flame-breathing devils´ head painted on both sides of the fuselage as his personal emblem. While the shape of the devil is well documented on the Dr.I, there is only one rather poor photo of Jacobs´ D.VII, so the shape of the devil depicted here
and in the decals is reconstruction based on visible details on the D.VII, but taking into consideration the shape used on Dr.I, where no other
clue exists. Jacobs´ D.VII was photographed with upper engine cowling removed, which was a common quick-fix to the overheating problems
following the self-ignition of phosphorous ammunition in several D.VIIs in mid-July.
INFO Eduard - January 2021