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When the Rittsmeister got a Dr.1, did the whole squadron get so equipped, or just partly, or no one but von Richtofen?

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F.1 102/17 and 103/17 arrived at JGI, Marckebeeke at the end of August. Voss first flew 103 on the evening of the 28th, Richtofen and Voss flew 102 and 103 respectively soon after in a demo for film and visiting dignitaries. Deliveries of the Dr.I began about 10 October. Heinrich Gontermann was killed in the structural failure of his Dr.I on the 30th, Günther Pastor the next day in a similar failure, and Idflieg grounded the type. Modifications were approved on November 28th, and deliveries resumed in mid-December.

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Modifications were approved on November 28th, and deliveries resumed in mid-December.

Two fatalities on the first two days of delivery? That'll give a plane a bad rep. But from mid-December 1917 to April 21, 1918 (when von Richtofen is killed) were all the Albatros fighters replaced?

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Jasta 11 was re-equipped by early January, Jasta 6 shortly thereafter, though both units flew some Albatri  into February. Jasta 4 received Dr.Is much later, around 20 April, and Jasta 10 never did get any. (per Greg VanWyngarden)

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Two fatalities on the first two days of delivery? That'll give a plane a bad rep. But from mid-December 1917 to April 21, 1918 (when von Richtofen is killed) were all the Albatros fighters replaced?

Sorry Hauk, I should have noted that the two failures were at the end of October eg the Dr.I was in service for about two weeks from mid to end October before it was grounded.

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 Deliveries of the Dr.I began about 10 October. Heinrich Gontermann was killed in the structural failure of his Dr.I on the 30th, Günther Pastor the next day in a similar failure, and Idflieg grounded the type.

Right. I took that to be your meaning.

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An additional sidenote: that famous ALL-red Fokker Dr. I was only flown by MvR

since short before his death. Previously his triplanes had never been all red.

But the one the Entente captured was the one to become the "template" for

all films to follow.

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I thought the Dr.1 he was flying when he died had khaki-green under the wings and on patches of fuselage.

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Sounds like you are describing either 127/17 or 152/17, both of which he flew in the weeks before his death. Unsolvable discussions centre on when he had the all red 425/17 : what is certain is that he was flying it on the day before and the day of his death.

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