Early Polish Aircraft Markings

1. Rumpler C.I
The illustration above shows a 1918 Rumpler C.I carrying a Red/White shield variation that was taken from a contemporary illustration. No further details are known.

2. Rumpler C.I
Serial no. 33 (C.2691/17), Warsaw, Polish Air Force, November 1918. Fuselage is Varnished Plywood with Dark Green front decking and forward fuselage. Flying surfaces are Clear Doped Linen. Red and White shields are painted over the German fuselage crosses. The rudder carries a diagonally divided circle in Red and White. German crosses on the lower wings were overpainted with a Black circle, and this was possibly repeated on the upper wing surfaces.

3. Hansa Brandenburg C.I
Serial no. 27.18, Lwow, Polish Air Force, 1918. This aircraft displays a typical 'Lwow' colour scheme. Fuselage is Varnished Plywood with Dark Green front panels. Flying surfaces are Clear Doped Linen. Fin/ rudder is divided horizontally in Red and White. Eagle is Black and White. Red and White stripes are on all four wing positions, with Red to the left in all cases.

4. Lloyd C.II
Serial no. unknown, Krakow, Polish Air Force, 1918. This aircraft displays a typical 'Krakow' colour scheme. Fuselage is Varnished Plywood with Dark Green front panels. Flying surfaces are Clear Doped Linen. The insignia consists of a Red 'Z' on a White square, and appears on the fuselage, rudder and four wing positions.

These pictures and captions have been taken from an eight page article written by Graham Napper in issue 4 of Insignia Magazine.

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