Alrighty... according to the info that accompanied it, Leutnant Rudolf Stark of Jasta 34b is shown in this photo... although we have not been able to determine which fella is Stark. If your blogmeister had to make a choice, he'd go with the guy on the left in the foreground, based on the few photos of the man we've found online.
Anyhoo, the bird looks to be a Pfalz, perhaps a D.III? Dunno... just guessing. The photo itself is somewhat poor quality, even with a bit of tweaking in Photoshop... but what it lacks in that department it makes up for with atmosphere and sheer grooviness.
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Another poor quality image... this one shows Stark with a Fokker Dr.1 which, according to info found HERE, apparently had been transferred to Jasta 34b from Jasta 11. Also, there's a smaller but better quality image of this same photo on that page.
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Here's an anecdote from Stark that we came across HERE, concerning Jasta 34b's accommodations at Foucaucourt Aerodrome during 1918...
"Some of us have dogs, one owns a cat, another has brought three magpies along, while yet another has caught a fox-cub. All this menagerie has to be parked in the one hut, over and under the beds, thus curtailing the space available for humans. Unfortunately all the dogs are at war with one another in addition to cherishing the most evil intentions towards the cat. The latter lies in ambush for the magpies, with the result that we often arrive home in the middle of a scrap and just in time to prevent a tragedy. The fox-cub is the only one that sits good and quiet in his corner, but he gets so bored that he goes and grabs everyone's boots in turn and gnaws them. Owing to the presence of the aforesaid menagerie the air in our hut is not exactly what one would call pure ozone."
As your blogmeister has confessed in the past, he really digs the birds of WWI but doesn't know all that much about them, compared to other things with wings. As such, we can provide you with little in the way of concrete info concerning this photo.
But here's what we see, or... what we think we see: the main subject is an Albatros D.-Sumthin' which has what appears to be (mostly) over-painted stripes on the rear fuselage and tail. Also, it appears that an older style fuselage cross may have been over-painted and replaced with a later style cross. Finally, call us crazy... but is that a roundel on the wing of this crate's neighbor? If so, this suggests the possibility that one of these is a captured machine.
We missed a few days this past week, so here's an extra post for today. According to the info which came along with the photo, this is an Albatros D.III with a D.V rudder... don't ask me if it's true or not, I just post the photos 'cuz I think they're groovy.
An interesting thing about this Albatros, though... it carries a skull and crossbones motif very similar to the crate shown in our last post... hmmmm... makes you wonder...
Long story short... the German pilot of this Albatros reportedly ran low on fuel and landed his crate in French territory on March 5th, 1918. His name is said to have been Lothmann, and he was apparently with Jasta 65.
Your blogmeister had intended to post this yesterday for the Fourth of July, but got a bit sidetracked, and initially decided to save it for next year. Then he thought, "Who knows if we'll all be around next year?", what with the whole Mayan calendar prophecy thing supposedly predicting Armageddon on December 21st, 2012, which seems to coincide with the marked climate changes we're currently experiencing, not to mention the rising seas, natural disasters occurring with greater frequency, the L.A. Kings winning the Stanley Cup, and most strange of all, the cats and dogs in my neighborhood actually seem to be getting along. I mean, think about it... Dick Clark died... who the hell is gonna bring in the New Year? The writing is on the wall, folks.
Anyhoo, long story short, with our impending doom fast approaching, your fearful blogmeister figured, "what the hell"... better late than never.
Here's Eddie Rickenbacker with his Nieuport 28, adorned with the famous red, white, and blue 'Hat in the Ring' emblem of the 94th Aero Squadron... enjoy it while you can. =P