450/17, Lt. Josef Jacobs, CO of Jasta 7, Rumbeke, Belgium, March 1918
Josef Carl Peter Jacobs was born on May 15, 1984
in Kreuzkapelle, Rhineland. From his school days
he had been fascinated with flying and started to
learn how to control aircraft even before the war.
Immediately after the outbreak of the Great War,
he joined the ranks of the Luftstreitkräfte (German
air force) and after training was assigned to the
observation unit FA 11 on July 3, 1915. In March 1916
he was transferred to Fokkerstaffel West (from
October 6, 1916 it transformed to Jasta 12) where
he remained until the end of January 1917 when
he was transferred to Jasta 22. From August 2,
1917, he took command of Jasta 7 and stayed with
the unit until the Armistice. At that time, his score
counted 48 victories. After the war, Jacobs found
himself fighting in the Baltic against the Russian
Bolsheviks as a part of Kommando Sachsenberg.
Subsequently he trained Turkish military pilots.
After Hitler came to power, Jacobs refused to join
the NSDAP and emigrated to the Netherlands.
After the end of World War II, he returned to
Bavaria, where he died in Munich on July 29,
1978. He had his two personal Dreideckers at
Jasta 7, both painted black. Jacobs later had
an engine and propeller from a Sopwith Camel
fitted to one of them, the No. 450/17. The sides of
the fuselage sported drawing of a devil spitting
fire. Existing photography evidence shows the
shape of the drawing on the starboard side, while
a contemporary illustration of his aircraft shows
the left side. Jacobs himself confirmed this one
as correct after the war. This evidence leads to
the conclusion the paintings differed.
545/17, Lt. Hans Weiss, Jasta 11, Cappy, France, April 1918
Hans Weiss, a native of Hof, began his flying
career in June 1916 as an observer and gunner
with FFA 282, FFA 28 and FFA 68 units. After
training at Jastaschule Valenciennes, he joined
Jasta 41, where he scored his first ten kills.
Next he was transferred to Jasta 10 on March 17,
1918, where he added another victory. Afterwards
he was assigned to Jasta 11. He scored his first
victory there on April 2, 1918 and on April 8 was
named as temporary commander of the unit
but eventually he led it until his death on May 2,
1918, when he was shot down by fire from
No. 209 Squadron RAF Sopwith Camel flown
by M. S. Taylor. The Dreidecker flown by Hans
Weiss had the upper surface of the top wing and
the rear section of the fuselage painted white.
The wing struts, wheel hubs and engine cowl
were red, which was the color of Jasta 11.