Originally Posted by Gregvan
I'm glad you scored this one on ebay recently!
Yes, this has often been captioned as "Richthofen's airfield" or JG I, even in German books of the '30's. However, it is of course Jasta 12 lined up at Toulis in March 1918. It is the most well known of a series of official Kogenluft photos taken of this spectacular line-up, both from the air and on the ground. These were reportedly taken on 15 March, just hours before von Tutschek's death.
The photo is so great that it was "substituted" for JG I and Richthofen's airfield in any number of books. The same thing was often done with the famous line-up shot of Jasta 19 Fokker Dr.I's lined up at Balatre.
Thank you for your kind words and for sharing so many facts about this foto.
I recently aquired "THE FOKKER Dr.I AND D. VII" by Heinz J. Nowarra and already have "Fokker Dr.I in action", also by Nowarra. Great fotografs, but I get a little bent out of shape when Jasta 12 triplanes are identified as "These Dr.I triplanes of Jadgeschwader I, are believed to be assigned to Jasta 10. All of the aircraft are painted with bright yellow engine cowlings as a unit recognition marking." Another foto caption says: "The triplanes of Jasta 26 had the cowlings painted in bright yellow. The aircraft in the foreground has four White bars painted on the fuselage sides just behind the cockpit, while the aircraft behind it has a White bar on the fuselage side."
It's "Three White Bars", both aircraft are on the previos page, individually identified as Jasta 12 machines, and the triplane with the single White bar is in the first foto. Jasta 26 did have a Dr.I with four White bars.
Both books show the same foto, one captioned as "Below is Dr.I 425/17 in which the Red Baron took off from Cappy on an enemy patrol, never to return." and the other says "Fokker Dr.I (425/17) was another of Manfred von Richthofen
's Dr.Is. He scored his 80th victim in this aircraft on 20 April 1918, shooting down a Sopwith Camel. The combat report says only that this aircraft was painted Red, although the color of the wing undersurface appears to be Light Blue. Von Richthofen was killed this same day in this aircraft."
My question: Is the Fokker Dr.I in this foto one of the many possible representatives of M.v.R.'s many triplanes?
It has a White cowl, streaky camoflage, and a Black or Red tail and rear fuselage section from and including the fuselage Eisenkreuse. It looks very familiar.
In my opinion it bears a striking resemblence to Fok.Dr.I 404/17 which was flown by one of my heroes, Ritter Adolf von Tutschek
Any facts are always gratefully appreciated, even the painful ones!