[WWI] Albatros C.III 766/16 Bohme/Lademacher

Jim T sinbad8508 at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 3 12:19:21 EDT 2011

Thanks for the prompt reply Diego-

Right, right, and mostly right. I am reading in part to seek an answer to the question, and in part in service to my manifest insanity. 

The letters are amazingly specific about events that Bohme thought worthwhile, and contained a lot of info that would probably not make it past US armed forces censors  (before e-mail anyway.) e.g. - his first victory Aug 2, 1916 probably in C.III 766/16 - " Yesterday I shot down a Nieuport einsitzer over Rozyszct, the known headquarters of General Brussilov, where we were dropping bombs."

I'm hoping to find a note saying something like "Our Jasta artist did some very good work  etc etc. "

It may or may not be correct to use a light shade of green. Your suggestion regarding visibility isa the best I've seen so far.


Where is the border between due diligence and OCD??. 

-- Jim Townsend

From: dfernet0 at rosario.gov.ar
To: wwi at wwi-models.org
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 12:53:55 -0300
Subject: Re: [WWI] Albatros C.III 766/16  Bohme/Lademacher

Let's start from a grim truth: no one can say with 100% 
accuracy what colour was anything from a black and white image.
However, take into account two known facts: A) Black and 
white were widely available at field aerodromes and perhaps "camouflage" green 
too, but this paint looked dark gray in contemporary pictures 
(orthochromatic or not). B) The dragodiles in the pictures were in some 
color almost -if not the exact same- hue than the white squares where the black 
crosses were painted.
I could dare to add: C) White markings on wooden fuselages 
can be picked from any distance out more easily than green or other colours, so 
logically, a big, bad white dragon can be seen from far away, as personal 
markings seem to be intended for easy recognition in quick glances and from the 
longest distance possible.
My theory (and this theory is mine) is that the dragodiles 
were white with black outlines.
Bohme might not have seen the need to describe in 
detail the dragodiles to his girlfriend: ..."you know, cutie dear, I now 
have my little airplane decorated with the cutest creatures ever! And I 
painted them in your favourite Methuen code! Smoochie smoochie!! I desperately 
crave for one of your special" ... I won't keep quoting as the rest of the 
letter was irrelevant about the aircraft markings.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  Jim T 
  To: wwi at wwi-models.org 
  Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 12:14 
  Subject: [WWI] Albatros C.III 766/16 

  I have three photos of this well known Albatros. I also have the 
  Datafile that emphatically describes the "Dragodiles" as being rendered in 
  black and white. Every model or drawing I have seen accepts this description, 
  and it may well be correct. I am now reading the orignal German version of the 
  collection of letters Bohme wrote to his sweetheart during the war. So far it 
  has been fascinating, but I have not yet found anything to confirm or alter 
  the "B/W Dragodile" theory.

I ask because every other dragon or 
  crocodile I have ever seen or seen depicted, have been green or  shades 
  of yellow green. (To be sure there have been some black and red dragons, but 
  those are certainly another species entirely.)

The artist who rendered 
  the Dragodiles for Bohme and Lademacher was very talented. It seems at least 
  possible, if not likely that he would have used a shade of green or green 
  yellow, if those colors were available. Since green was a common color for 
  camo, it does seem probably that it was available.

Is there any 
  evidence, apart from the 3 photos,  that bears on the Dragodile 

Did Boeke describe them? How do we know that they were black 
  and white?

-- Jim Townsend

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