23 April 2001, 08:47 AM
Rest in Peace
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Ceres, California
I will endeavor to answer your questions concisely as possible.
1. There are some who suggest that the OAW built Fokker D.VII were painted sky blue on the under side of the wings and tailplane. I am not so sure about this, I have not found any photographs to support that supposition.
a. On the early Fokker built Fok. D.VIImachines to about s/n D.379/18, the wings were covered with 4 color lozenge fabric, dark on the top and light on the bottom surfaces with matching lozenge strips for rib tapes. The fuselage top and sides ant the top of the axle wing, tailplane and the forward half of the fin were painted in streaked camouflage with sky blue under surfaces on the fuselage, axle wing and tailplane.
b. Recently while making a study of the following aircraft, I discovered that the DFW C.V(Halb), and the early production of the Halb. Cl.II, Han.Cl.II, Pfalz D.III, and SSW.D.III were covered with the light 5 color lozenge pattern on the top surfaces and plain unprinted fabric on the lower surfaces. The fuselages of the DFW C.V(Halb), Halb.Cl.II, Han.Cl.II were camouflaged in matching colors. The Pfalz. D.III fuselage was aluminum, and the SSW.D.III were stained brown.
2. The sky blue under surfaces were most common with the painted camouflage, with a few exceptions, some DFW built DFW C.V had plain doped/varnished under surfaces on the wings and tailplanes. The sky under suface color varied from a very pale bluish white (Ru.C.IV) to a turquoise blue (Fok. DR.I, etc) You must research the individual aircraft, it would be too difficult to make a complete listing here. I am working on a book that will list the finish and markings of all German aircraft from 1914 through 1918, by manufacturer, license manufacturer, by type with illustrations. So far I have struggled through 1914, 1915 and 1916.
a. There were at least 5 basic paint schemes for the top and side surfaces,
i. Green and brown.
ii. Dark green, light green and brown.
iii. Dark green and light green.
iv. Dark green and lilac.
v. Dark green, light green and lilac.
3. Grey or aluminum-grey were used by LFG Roland and Pfalz primarily. For example the Roland built Han. Cl.II(Rol) had grey fuselages.
I hope I have been of help.