Fokker D.VII Early, mil. No unknown, Oblt z. S. Gotthard Sachsenberg, CO of MFJ 1, Coolkerke, Belgium, September 1918
The second highest scoring ace of all the German marine pilots in WWI, Gotthard Sachsenberg (second only to Theo Osterkamp), achieved 31 victories and was decorated
with Pour le Mérite on August 5, 1918. From October 1918 Sachsenberg led the first naval air wing, the Marine Jagdgruppe 1. After the War he formed the Jagdgeschwader
Sachsenberg, providing the aerial support to Freikorps units fighting on Baltic borders of Germany. His aircraft from the time of leading the MFJ1 unit sported diagonal black
checkerboard painted over yellow fuselage. Eight partly worn black stripes on the upper side of top wing are considered to be kind of reinforcement tape, as the linen cover
of upper wing centre section had a tendency to part company with the airframe during the fierce combat manoeuvres. The black stripes on the elevator were in contrary the
identification marks of MFJ 1. Sachsenberg used an Oigee gunsight on his D.VII.
INFO Eduard - May 2021