Re: Roland CII paint scheme

Bill Shatzer (
Sat, 24 Dec 1994 02:00:40 -0500

> On page 158 of German Aircraft of the First World War by
>Thetford and Grey there is a photograph of a Roland CII.
> The part that interests me is the shark's mouth (or whale
>mouth?) painted on the nose. Has anyone ever seen a description of what
>the rest of the paint scheme of this aircraft is? It appears to have
>dark upper surfaces, and lighter colored undersurfaces. There are also
>light-colored curtains neatly tied back on the window visible under the


Dark green upper surfaces with light blue undersides. The "curtains"
are probably white painted on the windows by an overly whimsical
ground crew. Watch out for the references which show a stripe
(blue or otherwise) around the rear fuselage. I *think* the "stripe"
which appears in the photos is merely the shadow of the rear gunner's
MG. See my letter in Windsock about 5 years ago - but, I've been
wrong many, many times before so take this with a small grain of
salt. Cheers, and Merry Christmas! Bill


Bill Shatzer - -