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World War One: Fokker Dr.1 Triplane Eberhardt Mohnicke

Little is known of Ltn Mohnicke, other than the fact that he scored all but one of his victories while he was with Jasta 11, and that he was wounded in action on the 1st March 1918.

 

Eberhardt Mohnicke

Rank:

Leutnant

Victories:

9

Born:

?

Died:

14 October 1930

Mohnicke served as the Commanding Officer of Jasta 11 three times:

2nd May 1918 - 19th July.1918

14th August 1918 - 26th August 1918

2nd Sept 1918 - 4th Sept 1918

Dr.1The left facing swastika motif on Mohnicke's aircraft was widely used in Britain, Europe and America in the early part of the 20th Century as a symbol of good luck.

For example, Rudyard Kipling used the emblem on the dust jackets of all his books, the British National War Savings Committee used it as their emblem during World War 1, and even Baden-Powells Boy Scouts used the emblem until the 1930's.

The German Nazi Party formally adopted the swastika as its symbol in 1920, and by the 1930's the use of the emblem elsewhere in the Western world was lessening due to the increased anxiety about the rise of the party in Germany. Since the Second World War the symbol is often attributed to Nazism and right wing politics only, with the result that many Westerners do not know of, or understand its pre-Nazi and historical use.

 


Four German fighters, including the Fokker Dr.1 of Ltn Mohnicke.

 


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