Albatros D.III (Oef) 53.24
The cross on the fuselage is the 500mm iron cross (like on the rudder) but with its 58mm border overpainted black.
Four appearances of the plane are presented
1) As flown by Flieger-Detachement Nikitsch during July and August 1917 on Rumanian front. The aircraft is equipped with one, right, MG and anemometer n left interplane strut. It otherwise is in pristine factory colors.
2) Later on the plane become weared and weathered. Furthermore the black fuselage cross have been removed by scraping or washing down from plywood. The wingtips had been painted in black as required on the Rumanian front since late August. Rear view mirror was installed in front of the cockpit.
3) During autumn the black wingtip area was increased in size and shape, winter cowling was installed (note, that it is not so weathered as other parts of the plane) and the anemometer had been removed as well. Just its bracket remained on the plane.
4) As it looks from some photos, the plywood parts of the fuselage may be overpainted by some thin white color. It looks like diluted white chalk or calcium was used.
Those air victories were achieved flying this airplane:
19.7.1917, Hptm. Karl Nikitsch, Flieger-Detachement Nikitsch, Farman
11.8.1917, Zgsf. Johann Hramann, Flieger-Detachement Nikitsch, Nieuport
16.7.1917, Feldw. Karl Seltner, Flieger-Detachement Nikitsch, Farman
7.11.1917, Zgsf. Wilhelm Harnig, Jagdstafel Harja, Farman
Following pilots are reported to fly the plane:
Hptm. Karl Nikitsch, Zgsf. Johann Hramann, Feldw. Karl Seltner, Zgsf. Wilhelm Harnig, Feldw. Andreas Dombrowsky
Following units operated the plane:
Flik 13, 29, 31, 39, Flieger-Detachement Nikitsch, Jagdstafel Harja, Feldfliegerschulle Campoformido
Albatros D.III (Oeffag), JaPo, pg 9, 10
Die Albatros (Oeffag) Jagdflugzeuge, H.Weishaupt Verlag, pg 121
Windsock Datafile 19, Albatros Productions, pg 4
Cross and Cockade, 1986 - 1988
Air Aces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire 1914-1918, FMP, page 142
Velka Valka - Rakousko-uherske armadni letectvo, Para Bellum, page 117