MvR Re:Halberstadt D-II

Dr. Larry J. Crabb (
Tue, 9 Jan 1996 08:51:36 -0600

This may not be of any help to you, but I was recently given a 24"X 26"
framed picture entitled, Manfred von Richthofen: The Red Baron and His
Aircraft. This picture shows detailed art-work of the 'side views' of 12
airplanes assigned to and flown by MvR. All pictures are in color. The
artwork was created by Alan Durkota & Terry Waldron. Printing beneath the
picture of the Halberstadt D-II is the following:

(Serial No. Unknown)
Victory no.19 was obtained in this type

This is obviously not a picture of the actual plane he flew but the colors
depicted are as follows:

All colors in camouflage:
Fuselage side: nose back to middle of upper wing's chord = olive; then, a
slanted band of flat earth back to center of cockpit; then, a slanted band
of light brown back to the center of the rear deck;then olive from the
middle of rear deck to tail end.

Rudder: bottom half = med. brown and top half = olive. The division line
between the colors is scalloped and slants from the top of the strut
forward, down to the first curve on the trailing edge.

Underside: sky-blue.

Wheels: flat earth with tires sky-blue.

Exhaust stack shows flat earth color;

Prop shows light maple.

Markings on rudder shows: Black Maltese cross on an octagon white
background covering entire rudder.

Markings on fuse. sides: Black Maltese cross on a square white background
located just to the rear of the cockpit and from the main stringer above to
the lowerest stringer below.

Also, there is a good B&W picture of the Halberstadt D-II on page 458 of
Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation (revised 1989 edition) showing the plane as
completely white.