Part of the propeller from Fokker Dr I : Baron Manfred von Richthofen, Geschwader 1, German Air Service

Unit German Air Force
Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Corbie Albert Area, Corbie
Accession Number REL/00923
Collection type Technology
Object type Aircraft
Physical description Laminated wood
Place made Germany
Date made 1917-1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Small portion of aircraft propeller 3" x 1 1/2" x 1/2" labelled: "Part of the propeller of the Red Falcon of the 11th "Jagdstaffel" flown by Richthofen. Brought down near Corbie.” Commonwealth Scientific, Industrial and Research Organisation examination in 1995 shows this piece to be made of laminations of mahogany and birch.

History / Summary

Another fragment in the Memorial's collection, REL/03146.001, retains a portion of the maker's decal, showing the propeller to have been made by Axial. A further fragment REL/00936, which is an entire cross section, shows that each blade was comprised of seven laminations: three of birch, and four of mahogany. This piece was originally part of the Sir John Monash collection.