[WWI] Fw: [CCI] Albatros colours
mschultz2 at sasktel.net
Thu Jul 5 20:41:19 EDT 2007
Hello all ,
I read the query regarding Albatros D.III 636/17.
Fliegerabteilung 300 received two Albatros D.III fighters around the
middle of June 1917.
The pilots of these two aircraft being Oblt. Gerhard Felmy and
Ltn. Schmarjie. Felmy being considered the most skilled and gentlemanly
pilot on either side of the lines in Palestine.
On Aug 4 1917 Ltn. Ross Smith of 67 (Australian) Sqdn. flying Be
12a A6329 engaged in combat at 4,000 feet with a Rumpler C.1
( which Smith identified as a Albatros type) and an Albatros D.III .
We believe Ltn. Schmarjie was the Albatros D.III pilot as a
intercepted transmission reported Schmarjie had crash landed. The
Schmarjie Albatros ' serial is unknown.
The other FA 300 Albatros is noted as being taken over by a Ltn.
Dittmar after Oblt. Felmy went home to Germany for medical treatment.
Ltn. Dittmar was the pilot of Albatros D.III 636/17 when it was forced
down by a Bristol Fighter flown by Ltn. R.C. Steele ( a farmer from
Birch Creek , Saskatchewan , Canada ) of 111 Sqn. RFC on the 8th of
In the Aug 4 , 1917 combat here is the part of Ltn. Smith's
description regarding the colours of the Albatros D.III flown by
"Returning to the formation, second H.A. was encountered, a single
seater with 1 or 2 guns firing forward. It had a yellow fuselage, and 1
dark green wing and 1 dark brown, on top sides. We met nose on and I got
in about 20 rounds. H.A. made a right hand turn, under my wing, and went
straight off towards Sharia. Both H.A. used very distinct tracers. "
This is a reply from Dan Abbott which he sent me a number of years ago
regarding D.III 636/17.
" The first two Albatros D.III fighters that served with FA 300
(D.III 636/17 and an unknown aircraft) had a single radiator and were
built at the Johannisthal factory. Albatros D.III 636/17 had it's upper
wing painted dark green from it's left tip to between the 2nd and 3rd
passed the cutout/ pale green to the right wing tip. Both lower panels
dark green.tailplane to the left tip rib dark green / pale green to
the right tip rib \ dark green. The fuselage and fin would be in a
natural wood finish with pale grey-green metal parts, spinner, struts
and wheel centres. The rudder would be clear doped linen with the
Albatros factory decal applied.
National insignia in all eight positions. "
I hope this is of help.
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