3 April 2007, 10:29 AM
Join Date: Dec 2001
On the first there was only two. The following is from a piece I wrote and have included on my website concerning the Profipack kit #8035.
Originally Posted by Nils
And what about red hearts, edged white? How many hearts were there on the plane two or three? In Albatros Aces of WWI (Osprey) there is a photo of Voss' plane (p.17) without the heart on the top decking. The same situation with photo of the Voss' Alb. DIII in Kaiser's Aces (Kagero) p.21. I haven't find the heart on the top decking either.
“...With heart, a victor’s luck and an iron will...”
1. From the Eduard drawings their version of Ltn. Werner Voss’ Albatros D.III seems to be a combination of two machines. There is some good current research that says there were two different machines that were marked similarly. He was assigned his first Albatros D.III from the first production series (D.1910/16 - 2200/16) in the early spring 1917 while serving with Jasta 2 (Boelcke.) The upper surface camouflage was three colour. Cowling and spinner were the factory colour of grey green. The pilot’s step was rounded at the top. The radiator was centered on the upper surface of the top wing. Two hearts one on each fuselage side.
His second machine was from the third production series ( D.750/17 - 799/17.) If this machine was already with him when he transferred to Jasta 5 it had not been given these personal markings yet. There are a series of photos with this machine in a tails up position ( The radiator is seen offset to the right of center and so the plumbing was now not directly centered in front of the pilot.) and Ltn. Voss standing on a ladder painting the white of the Haken Kreuz and heart border on the pilot’s left side. The spinner (and later the wheel covers) on this machine were probably red in colour as this was the Jasta 5 unit marking at the time. The upper surface camouflage was two colour (dk. grn, lt. grn). The cowling ring had five small intake vents behind the propeller. This was typical for aircraft in this series. The pilot’s step was square. The radiator was offset to the right of center and so the plumbing was now not directly centered in front of the pilot. Along with the two hearts (one each) on the fuselage sides a third was added on the fuselage spine near the rear of the cockpit (to draw fire away from the cockpit?)
This later machine may also possibly with him when he transferred to temporary commands of Jasta 14 & 29 during the spring and early summer months of 1917. Though holder of the “Blue Max” (Orden Pour le Merite) he had overstepped his chain of command at Jasta 2 and written complaints about his commander, Hauptmann Walz to Armee headquarters. This series of transfers were meant to teach the young reserve leutnant what command means and even a hero needs to understand he has his limitations.
Ltn. des. Res. Werner Voss service record;
Arrived from AFP 1 to Jasta 2 (Boelcke) on 25 Nov 1916.
On 7April 1917 he went on leave.
On 5 May 1917 he returned from Leave
On 20 May 1917 he was transferred to Jasta 5 as temporary commander.
On 10 June 1917 he was relieved of command for the new permanent commander.
On 2 July 1917 he was transferred from Jasta 5 to temporary command of Jasta 29.
On 6 July 1917 he was relieved of command and transferred to temporary command of Jasta 14.
On 30 July 1917 he was relieved of command and transferred to command of Jasta 10.
On 23 Sept 1917 he was KIA flying F.I 103/17 with a total of 48 aerial victories.
One may ask why so many identical markings on these two machines? We know from interviews with Voss’ former mechanic Gefr. Timm (done by historian A. Imrie) that Voss thought the “...Haken Kreuz mit laurels scheme was still too plain. So the heart was added...” As of this writing we don’t know for sure but the answer may come from a regimental moto. “How do they fight?...With heart, a victor’s luck and an iron will.” The national insignia of course being the “Iron Cross.” Ltn. Voss’ former cavalry unit was the Westphalian 11th Hussars. Research continues in the arena.
The correct size fin / rudder unbordered / plain black crosses are taken from an Aeromaster sheet on Albatros fighters. Otherwise the kit decals were used. The heart motif for the fuselage spine is too large and should be the same as the ones on the fuselage sides. Even those could have been a little smaller. Having three of these kits I had plenty of decals to work with. This heart on the fuselage spine was meant to draw fire away from the cockpit. The “Haken kreuz mit laurels” is a little wide but can be used. Below is the second machine.