Re: Fokker D VII data needed

Bill Shatzer (
Tue, 5 Sep 1995 17:53:39 -0700

Well, I'm getting in kinda late on this but the first page of
the Windsock Datafile on the DVII has a photo of Fok.D.VII(Alb)
5324/18 which is captioned as "believed to be the machine of
Richard Kraut". Kraut is not a pilot I've ever done any research
on so I really can't comment on the accuracy of the caption but
Ray Rimmell is usually pretty good - if he says 'believed to be',
there's usually a good reason.

The picture is full page and pretty good quality - shows a standard
Albatros D.VII in what appears to be 4-color lozenge with the large
interlocked letters "RK" beneath the cockpit in white. Two bands
(white and red (?)) completely circle the fuselage immediately
behind the cockpit. Also, the small letters "JL" are painted in
dark paint on the top of the "R" - post capture addition?

Don't know if this is what was being sought. If so, you're welcome.
If not, sorry for butting in!

Cheers, Bill

> Jess,
>> ANY help you all could give me would be tremendously appreciated 8^)
> I'm still looking, but I've only managed to track down one [bad]
>photo of Kraut's aircraft. Only one photo of Kraut, too, and I can't find
>him in any of my Jast 4 photos, but that doesn't mean much. I have a
>reference to him somewhere, but he's doesn't appear in any of the list of
>pilots that I have for Jasta 4, though I do have a reference to him *some-
> Get back to you abut the rest when I have the pics in front of me.
> BTW, Heinz Nowarra [!?] calls the coat-of-arms on the fuselage out
>as being for Thorn, Kraut's home town, but it defitely isn't. I'd go for
>what I have in the colour illustration, i.e. a black cross on a white shield,
>whatever that is.
> Cheers,
> Mick.

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