Bi-plane with Star of David and German markings -- help identify please!
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Here's a photo I recently came across which has me very intrigued. This plane appears to be in some sort of (rather crowded) building; there are parts of planes and British or French markings on the piece on the left edge. There appears to be a German cross and Star of David on the main plane's fuselage. Is this correct? There is nothing on the back. Can anyone ID the plane? unit?
The aircraft looks like a Fokker D.VII to me, possibly that of Ltn. Adolf Auer from Jasta 40.
In the Squadron publication on the Fokker D VII there is a photograph of an aircraft that appears to have a Star of David painted on it. THe caption writer speculates that the pilot might have been Jewish. Does anyone know of any Jewish pilots in any of the Air Services? There were quite a number of Jewish World War I veterans in my part of Philadelphia when I was a boy, but the only aviator I knew was a Catholic. He was the grandfather of a friend of mine. He was an observer in an RE-8 for the British. (By the way, the guys other grandfather was an infantryman for the Germans.)
The names of ca 200 Jewish aviators in the German Air Force are known until now. I was once misinterpreting Lt. Auer (Jasta 40s) as a Jew because he had a Star of David on his aircraft. He is one candidate for your photograph. I was also reading he was carrying the star only as a kind of cruel joke against the Jewish pilot Rosenstein in his squadron but I did never see prove for that until now.
And Ltn.d.R. Adolf Auer, the pilot of Jasta 40s, with the Star of David marking - POW on 28Oct18, became a General in WWII. Obviously not of the Jewish faith.
I can't find that Adolf Auer was indeed a Jew, is it possible that it was indeed some kind of a joke, putting a swastika david star (modified) on his plane? remember, it's WWI and NOT WWII
Airmen of Jewish origin who flew during World War I
NAME VICTORIES UNITS
Frankl, Wilhelm 20 FA40, Jasta 4, Kek Vaux
Nathanael, Edmund 15 FFA 42, Jasta 5, 22
Rosenstein, Wilhelm 9 AOK 3, FA 19, Jasta 9, 27, 40, Kest 1b
Wolff, Jacob 4 +1 U Jasta 17
Schmidt, Hermann 2 +1 F Jasta 13
Beckhardt, Fritz 1 +1 U JG 3, Jasta 26, Kest 2
Abt, Rudolf 1 Jasta 69
Ledermann, Jakob 1 Jasta 13
Berliner, H. R.
Berneis, Benno Jasta 9
Bloch, Otto Erich
Lilienthal, Arnold FAA 237, Jasta 17
Rüdenberg, Friedrich Jasta 10
Weil, Kurt A.
Thanks, Monty and Koen! I'll look into this further. I found a blog where a guy models WWI planes and at least one of his has a stylized Star of David on it. The German cross looks amateur, too, and I actually thought it was Norwegian flag at first.
(I wonder if Jewish pilots wanted to be identified in case of death in the air?)
Oh, and Koen, note that the swastika was a good luck symbol until the nazis appropriated it; many things--planes, postcards, fireplaces--had swastikas on them in the first third of the 20th century.
Sorry, could not chime in before, but it´s a Fokker 7 alright.
Where does anyone of you see a Swastika? Looked three times now and cannot find any...?
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