Heinz Nowarra identified this aircraft as belonging to Jasta 2(F)
This Eiserne kreuz insignia that this tropical Albatros would probably have been delivered with has been altered to the final style of National insignia sanctioned by the German airforce. There is a possibility that the wings and horizontal stabilizer of this aircraft are finished in the same way as the next in line at the Albaros Werke - D.5360/17 - (see below). The cowl and struts are in the factory pale grey-green finish while the fuselage appears in a dark colour that appears to have been applied as a heavy stain. In keeping with the belief of limited colour availability we have depicted this as black. I believe black and white would be the colours most readily available because of their need to repaint the national insignia after repairs. The propeller spinner, wheel centres , fin and rudder are painted white. No remnant of the Albatros factory decal survives on the rudder. The serial number of the aircraft is painted in black, but curiously there is no year of production recorded . I find it interesting that no remnants of the previous styles of the national insignia which preceded those present when photographed do not show through on the fuselage or fin.
A small portion of this aircraft's lower wing surface with the final style of balken kreuz is visible and it appears the area surrounding the balken kreuz is painted in a shade similar to the undersurface colour. Mark has therefore depicted the top wing balkenkreuz with the painted out areas matching the surrounding surfaces.
This aircraft was photographed in a damaged condition.and it's pilot has been
identified as Ltn. Victor Haeffner originally of Jasta 300.
The wings are camouflaged and have been depicted in the top pattern of mauve to second rib on the left from the centre section cut-out \ dark green to the first rib from the centre section cutout /mauve. Notice the unusual angles of the demarcation line between mauve and green. Instead of the centre colour having parallel ends they instead angle out from each other. The left lower wing panels is dark green to the 5th rib from the root. Mauve to the root. The lower right wing is not visible and Mark has positioned the demarcation line on this wing in a possible location.It is suspected the right lower wing panel might possibly be dark green to the third rib from the root / mauve to tip. (Note D)
The starboard side of the horizontal stabilizer and elevator is either covered in clear doped linen replacement covering or the lozenge fabric pattern has been washed out by the reflection from the sun. The lozenge pattern is visible on the port side of the horizontal stabilizer and provides an interesting contrast with the mauve and green painted wings. We have depicted the stabilizer as being covered entirely with 5-colour lozenge with salmon pink rib tape.
The fuselage metal parts all struts and the spinner are most like in a pale grey-green shade while for the most part the wooden part of the fuselage has retained it factory clear varnished look. There is a dark coloured vertical band encircling the fuselage, which we have depicted along with the serial number as being black. As I
mentioned in the section dealing with 5359/17. I believe for the most part due to supply problems, black and white paint would be the most accessible colours, as they would be needed to re-paint the national insignia due to surface repairs. There would be, as to any rule, exceptions.
Heinz Nowarra identified this aircraft as belonging to Jasta 2(F) (Jasta 300).
We know now by the time this photograph was taken whatever Jasta number you used was irrelevant as the Jasta had been reduced in strength to where it's small numbers made it totally in-effect. This aircraft, Albatros D.Va 7416/17 was photographed along with D.5359/17 when the British captured them on the airfield occupied by Fl. Abt. 304. They might have represented a major portion of Jasta 1(F) operational capabilities.
This tropical Albatros D.Va came from the third production batch and probably led quite an interesting existence. A number of times the Jasta was down to one or two airplanes, the rest lost through attrition and combat. That an aircraft carrying the national markings of March/April 1918 must have meant this aircraft was around from nearly the beginning. It wore 5-colour lozenge on its wings and horizontal stabilizer. Probably dark day on top /light day on the bottom with salmon pink rib tapes. All metal parts, spinner, all struts, and wheel centre's probably in typical Albatros light grey-green
The fuselage is depicted in natural wood with a centreline horizontal tri-stripe believed to be white /black/white. Note how the tri-stripe wraps around the spinner. The fuselage swastika appears lighter in the photographs than the centre band of the centreline tri-stripe but is still a dark colour. It might be blue, dark green, dark grey or as I have asked Mark to depict it as red. I have wondered if the same pilot who applied centreline tri-stripe applied the swastika. If not, then who applied the centre tri-line marking? Could it have been an attempt at a jasta mark? Most likely not, since this Jasta was the only German fighter unit in this theatre. How about another pilot's personal marking? But who marking could it be The swastika has been associated with the Jasta 300 pilot Hermann Kunz who is known to have used the swastika as a personal mark during his stay with Jasta 7. Hauptman Franz Walz has also been identified as the pilot of this aircraft. I have often wondered if an officer, who wasn't successful as a Jasta leader in France, would be more concerned as commander that his units were well supplied in this logistical nightmare than his participation in combat. I would think someone more aggressive in the air such as the squadron leader Flecken flying a conspicuous marked aircraft or as I mentioned above Kunz.
There is a small painted number "5 " on the fuselage tri- stripe
which has been depicted in the same colour as the swastika. Why the small number
"5"? . Did this Jasta once number it's aircraft with individual numbers
and this is the last survivor of that group? The serial number is unusual because of the abbreviation "Alb." for Albatros above the number 7416/17. The rudder is clear doped with the Albatros factory decal present.