By Greg Vanwyngarden
Aviation Elite devices 40
Author: Greg VanWyngarden
Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
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The heritage of Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel (or Jasta) 18 is without doubt one of the extra distinctive and intricate of German fighter squadrons of worldwide struggle I. actually, the unit can be acknowledged to have had whatever of a ‘split personality’. shaped in Flanders on the finish of October 1916, the Jasta was once first commanded by means of Oblt von Grieffenhagen, who led it to 35 victories in 9 months. In August 1917, the competitive and important Oblt Rudolf Berthold took over the Staffel and taken a cadre of professional pilots with him from his former command. Berthold moulded his new unit right into a committed crew of hunters, and left his stamp at the unit with a outstanding color scheme of red-nosed Pfalz and Albatros warring parties with darkish blue fuselage and tail surfaces. This publication tells the whole tale of the unit, the victories, the defeats and the good aces who flew the red-nosed fighters.
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Paperback; March 2011; 128 pages; ISBN: 9781849083355
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Extra info for Jasta 18: the Red Noses (Aviation Elite Units, Volume 40)
Klein and I attack. One SPAD attacked Klein and I chased him away. I was attacked by four to six Nieuports and got several hits in my machine. I then saw six to eight Triplanes above us, and I attacked a Sopwith flying over Langemarck. Both my guns failed to fire a round (levers broken), however, which was a great pity for otherwise he would have been a sure goner. 'In the morning a big British attack was launched. Apparently all is not well in the Ypres salient. In fierce counter attacks during the day the enemy was thrown back to the old lines, but only at Langemarck.
One SPAD attacked Klein and I chased him away. I was attacked by four to six Nieuports and got several hits in my machine. I then saw six to eight Triplanes above us, and I attacked a Sopwith flying over Langemarck. Both my guns failed to fire a round (levers broken), however, which was a great pity for otherwise he would have been a sure goner. 'In the morning a big British attack was launched. Apparently all is not well in the Ypres salient. In fierce counter attacks during the day the enemy was thrown back to the old lines, but only at Langemarck.
At 1115 hrs on 15 December, von Beaulieu joined a Kette led by Turck and including Kleffel and Strahle. Over Gavrelle, the group dived out of the sun onto three Camels from No 43 Sqn. 'We kept together well as I throttled back', Strahle commented. 'One of us fired too soon. Kleffel almost ran into me, a wild dogfight developed — unfortunately without success. Over Willeval, Vimy, four SEs or Sopwiths started another dogfight. The Tommies could not do a thing and eventually had to retreat. Our Kette flew very well, especially von Beaulieu, who was on his first flight over the Front'.
Jasta 18: the Red Noses (Aviation Elite Units, Volume 40) by Greg Vanwyngarden