Just a few shots of a little dust up between 56 Squadron and FAA 293b.
The DFW's are based on the information below. They were originally in one of the jerbear Mods but have been incorporated into the WOFF Skin Pack.
Reinhard Kastner wrote an article on the markings of FAA 293b for Propellerblatt issue Nr 40 in 2018. In that article are 16 photos of various aircraft from this unit, including the DFW and Hannover.
According to Mr. Kastner, British G number XG13, a DFW, belonged to this Abteilung. In December 1916, this unit, which was, up until then designated as FA 7b, was reclassified as FAA 293b.He says that the odd looking 7 on the aircraft was used as a unit marking from December 1916 up until around March 1918.
The fliers were superstitious about this change and the loss of their luck number 7. To avert the bad luck they believe this would cause painted this 7 on all aircraft. Mr Kastner provides 9 photos of aircraft from this unit bearing the odd 7 marking on a white background.
Also, according to Jack Herris, a sample of fabric from XG13 is kept in the Imperial War Museum. This sample is a dark bluish green. This DFW is believed to be C.V C.4686/17 which puts it in a DFW built C.V batch that ran from C.4578 to C.4727/17. These C.Vs were streaked dark bottle green and bluish green applied heavily with a light yellow primer on the underside.
Around March 1918 the “7” unit marking was abandoned. Perhaps all the old pilots to whom it mattered were gone by this time or the Kammandeur was a hard ass, who knows. In any case, at that time only tactical numbers on a white background were used.