Greetings, here is another look at one ace and his famous aircraft wich receives all the attention while actually he scored most of his victories on a similar, overlooked airplane
Piecing together from the various Osprey books here's a summary of
1-2 Jasta 25 Macedonia ( late 1916- early 1917 Albatros DII? DIII? )
Returning to France April 1917
3- 11 Jasta 5 (Albatros DV)
victories 12-23 (Albatros DVa)
May-June unit equipped with Fokker DrI , no victories
July - November
Victories 24-35 (Fokker DVII)
Since the first Albatros DVa arrived to units in November of 1917, and Konnecke was an accomplished ace by then, I presume that by December Konnecke would have exchanged his green DV and likely worn out for a brand DVa. we have indirect confirmation of this because fellow Jasta 5 ace Josef Mai
had 4 victories by the time the DVa arrived and he was flying that model before the end of 1917 (5285/17)
I'd assume Konnecke DVa would be a close number to Mai, so what it would look like in the first months of 1918?
If any one can provide a picture, I'd be happy, but I am content if anyone can confirm the following assumptions, or at least tell me if they are plausible enough
- It would look identical to Konnecke DV, green fuselage and checker board insignia, with unpainted cowling and fuselage underside in varnished wood, with the red spinner and green tail edged in red of Jasta 5.
- About the wings, I'm not sure, 5 color lozenge with blue or pink tapes, of course, but would have Konnecke painted the upper surfaces green and with the red chevron as in his DV? Looking at Mai's plane, maybe the wings were left in lozenge.
- National insignia, at least until March would have been iron crosses, and then from April to May altered to be thick straiight arm crosses with continuous white boreder-
So, any takers?