The Aeroconservancy Museum Original Artifacts from 1914-1918
German 5-Color Undersurface Day Fabric
This is a piece of German Tarnstoff or 'lozenge' printed aircraft fabric showing 3 of the 5 colors of the 5-color under-surface day pattern. It measures about 6 inches by 5 inches and some stitching remains on the back. Also on the back is written by hand 'Sovenier July 24 1918.' An American vet brought it back from Europe. Some of the later production Fokker D.VII aircraft had their 4 and 5 color printed fabric toned-down with a brown-tinted glaze because the colors where thought to be too vivid and this may be an example of how this was done. The glaze is not tinted dope, by the way, as it isn't soluble in acetone. The German Air Service suffered the loss of 6 single-seater aircraft on 24 July 1918 (excluding Schumacher in Jasta 10 who crashed at his own airfield), all within the same general area and possibly flying D.VII including Jasta 7, Uffz. Reuss over Menen in a D.VII; Jasta 43, Vzfw Wiehle forced to land at Armentières; Ltn.d.Rez Jacobs WIA over Lille; and Jasta 51, Uffz Hoffman and Vzfw Beinecke both killed in a collision over Pont Rouge.