Air Enthusiast 1998-05
D.Nicolle - Young Turks (2)
Германский летчик-инструктор Эмиль Менке возле турецкого «Альбатроса» D.II из Boluk 6
Emil Meinecke of the Ottoman Air Force with the Albatros D.II he flew in 6nci Boluk at Canakkale in 1917. In front of the aircraft is Meinecke’s Turkish mechanic. The machine’s serial number, believed to be AKD2 or AKD3, is just visible in the middle of the upper white border of the national markings on both the fuselage and the tail.
Field Marshal Liman von Sanders inspecting the cockpit of the Halberstadt fighter flown by Joachim Buddecke at Izmir in 1916. Buddecke is on the right wearing a solar topee.
A Halberstadt D.III and two late Albatros D.IIIs with the D.V-type tail. This suggests that the photograph was taken very late in the war. The units who had both these types of aircraft at this time were 6nci, 9nci Boluks and the Mosul Aircraft Park in northern Iraq.
A Halberstadt D.III of 6nci Boluk at Canakkale, photographed on December 20, 1917. At this time the unit had two Halberstadts, HK1 and HK4. This machine’s serial number can be seen in the top left hand corner white border of the fuselage national marking, though it is too small to read. The pilots are, from left to right: Ott, Meinecke, unknown, Schlegel and unknown.
Croneiss in the cockpit of his Halberstadt D.III. This may be one of the first such aircraft to reach the 6nci Boluk in March 1917.
The wreckage of the Halberstadt D.III in which Vizefeldwebel Konrad was shot down by a Bristol Scout flown by Lt Maguire of the RFC near Samarra in Iraq, on April 21, 1917.
August Quoos in front of the Ottoman Air Force Albatros D.III he flew for 6nci Boluk in northern Iraq during 1918. Its serial number is unknown.
Meinecke in the cockpit of his Albatros D.III at Canakkale in 1918. Note the twin radiators in the upper wing mid-section, as was the case with all Albatros fighters in Ottoman service.
Fokker D.I FD5 of 6nci Boluk based at Canakkale in December 1917 and with the 9nci Boluk based at Yesilkoy from March 1918. No photographs of D.Is in Ottoman markings have been found, but this view is based upon a picture of a sister machine (190/16) photographed in its original German markings before its shipment to Turkey and its almost immediate destruction in the disastrous fire at Haydarpasa. This aircraft has its new Ottoman serial number added in the white surround of the fuselage national marking, as was normal practice.