hesmond, on 24 April 2012 - 03:43 PM, said:
Ah yes thats the one always mess up me Fockkers , i understand that quite a few were sold to the Bavarian Police and the new Polish Airforce , and that more than a few went to Southern California and used in Hollywood , after watching again am very suprised at the quality of the ariel dogfights which i do not belive have seen their equel , and the 18 year old Harlow is a real suprise , there was a myth that the Gotha was a ex Imperial German airforce but as you say has now been proved to be a mocked up USAAF aircraft , also some of the Fockkers look odd ? i read a article many years ago in Scale Modeler concerning the aircraft used in the movie industry at that time and it mentioned a USAAF fighter converted to represent German aircraft it was known at the time as the Wicthia Fockker ? ,the Imperial German uniforms look very good , Brownlow in his book on early American epics states that Eriv Von Strohiem purchased 1000,s of ex Imperial uniforms from both Germany and Austria for movie use and as their requirement wained in the 1930s were put into storage in the 1930s ,he states that many of the parade uniforms were sold off in the 1960s to colleges ect for conversion to uniforms for use in marching bands ?
The USAAF did not exist until 1941. Between the wars it was the US Army Air Corps.
The Fokker DVII was especially controlled by the Allied Commissioners after the Armistice and I would be extremely surprised if the Bavarian Police were allowed to operate them.. Those that went to America were initially delivered by the Allied Commission to the US Army and were subsequently sold on (about the same time as were the SE5a s. The DVIIs that went to Poland appear to have been built under licence in the KuK with a Daimler engine (which gave them a better performance than the original version) in the closing period of the war. A number also appeared in the Hungarian Red Air Force in 1919 and, from memory, I think the Czechs had some too. Fokker had managed to smuggle a train load out of Germany and sold them, mainly to the Dutch Air Arm. Odd DVIIs appeared all over the place.
The Thomas Morse Scout was used in many films of the period. This bore a close resemblance to the Sopwith Pup (not surprising given that its designer had worked on the Sopwith Pup design team before moving to the USA) and had been the main US fighter trainer during the war.