Bi-plane with Star of David and German markings -- help identify please!

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Alan65:

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?  

MontyB:
The aircraft looks like a Fokker D.VII to me, possibly that of Ltn. Adolf Auer from Jasta 40.

Koen:
http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/2001/12086-jewish-aviators.html:

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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.)
Tom McConnell

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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.

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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

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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


Abrahamson
Adler, Ernst
Amrhein
Aronheim
Back, Hermann
Ballin, Leopold
Bär, Albert
Benario
Berger, Karl
Berliner, H. R.
Berneis, Benno                           Jasta 9
Bett
Bettsak, Heinz
Bielschowsky, Hans
Bloch, Martin
Bloch, Otto Erich
Block, Hans
Blumenthal, Ewald
Cassel
Chasanowicz, Arthur
Cohn, Max
Cohn, Rudolf
Elias, Hermann
Elias, Max
Eliel, Erich
Engel, Rudolf
Falk, Alfred
Friedländer, Hans
Fromm, Karl
Fromm, Walter
Gerstle, Fritz
Goldmann, Paul
Gruner
Grünfeld, Alfred
Guthmann, Berthold
Haas, Fritz
Hansdorf
Hauk, Walter
Hecht, Georg
Heilbrunn, Wilhelm
Heimann, Siegfried
Hemmerdinger
Hirsch, Edgar
Hirschfeld, Wilhelm
Holzinger, Max
Hopp
Jacobowitz, Martin
Jaffé, Hermann
Jessel, Bertold
Jonas, Hermann
Kann, Alfred
Kaplan, Hugo
Kohnert
Königsberger, Kurt
Koppel, Fritz
Krämer, Bertold
Künstler, Paul
Lämmle, Kurt
Langstadt, Wilhelm
Leopold
Lessing
Levi
Lewy
Lewy, Erich
Lichtenstein, Jakob
Liebmann, E.
Lilienthal, Arnold                       FAA 237, Jasta 17
Lippmann, Alexander
Lippmann, Alwin
Lissauer
Lustig, Hans
Macholl, Artur
Marx, Adolf
Mayer
Mecklenburg, Fritz
Meyer
Michelbacher
von Mises
Moser
Müller, Ernst
Neuberg
Neufeld, Alfred
Neumann, Adolf
Neumann, Kurt
Neumann, Otto
Neumann, Richard
Nossek, Siegfried
Odenheimer, Alfred
Offenbacher, Bruno
Oswald, Erich
Öttinger, Benno
Pappenheimer, Max
Perlhöfter
Pinczower, Simon
Regensburger, Alfred
Rosenbaum, Edgar
Rosenberger
Rosin
Rosin, Franz
Rothschild, Hans
Rüdenberg, Friedrich                     Jasta 10
Rumpler
Rund
Samuel, Gustav
Schäffer, Ernst
Scheuer, Richard
Scheyersen, Albert
Schiller, Heinrich
Seligmann, Oskar
Seligsohn
Sommerfeld, Hermann
Spiegel, Paul
Stadthagen, Paul
Steinitz, Ernst
Strauss, Max
Sultan, Martin
Unger
Warschauer
Wechsler
Weil, Ernst
Weil, Kurt A.
Wertheim, Paul
Wetzlar, Alex
Witkowski, Siegfried
Wolff, Wilhelm
Zürndörfer, Josef

Alan65:
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.

Rattler:
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...?

Rattler

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