Pheon Decals | 32052: Jasta 30 Volume 2

Reviewed by James Fahey


Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 30 was established in December 1916 and allocated to the German 6th Army, facing the British Army Air Service in 1917 and 1918. Hans Bethge and Hans-Georg von der Marwitz scored about half the squadron's 63 victories between them, with 20 and 15 victories respectively. Both pilots received the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern and the Iron Cross.

Inspiration and information for the development of this set came from “Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 30” by Bruno Schmäling and Winfried Bock, recently published by Jack Herris’ Aeronaut Books. The book presents a detailed and unique history of Jasta 30, based on interviews and information from four former members of the unit by one of the authors in the 1970s, unpublished German documents, daily German Army Reports of the activity in the air, personal rosters, and information from allied sources. The book also contains a detailed war dairy excerpt and - never published before - the complete logbook of one of the unit's pilots. There are 56 colour profiles by Jim Miller and original paintings by Russell Smith and Jerry Boucher. As Pheon note in the reference booklet “this is one of the most revealing and authoritative Jasta histories yet published”.

Markings for Jasta 30’s Pfalz D.IIIa aircraft were covered in Pheon’s first Jasta 30 set #32026.

This second volume covers a whopping 18 markings options, two for Albatros D.II, ten for Albatros D.V, five Fokker DVII and a Pfalz D.XII.

1. Albatros D.III, Oblt. Hans Bethge

2. Albatros D.III, D2054/16, Ltn. Heinrich Brügman

3. Albatros D.V, Ltn. Kurt Katzenstein

4. Albatros D.V, D1012/17, Ltn. Paul Erbguth

5. Albatros D.V, Ltn. Otto Fuchs

6. Albatros D.V, D 2140/17, Ltn. Otto Fuchs

7. Albatros D.V, D1016/17, Ltn. Hans-Georg von der Marwitz

8. Albatros D.V, Ltn. Hans-Georg von der Marwitz

9. Albatros D.V, Ltn. Hans Holthusen

10. Albatros D.V Vzfw.Josef Heiligers

11. Albatros D.V, D4420/17, Ltn. Karl Weltz

12. Albatros D.V, Uffz.Emil Liebert

13. Fokker D.VII, Ltn. August Hartmann

14. Fokker D.VII, Ltn. Hans-Georg von der Marwitz

15. Fokker D.VII, Pilot not known

16. Pfalz D.XII, Ltn. Hans-Georg von der Marwitz

17. Fokker D.VII, Pilot not known

18. Fokker D.VII, 370/18. Ltn. Hans Holthusen

One set of Jasta 30 tail decals for the Albatros DV are included (Options 8 to 12), and one set of outline decals for the Fokker DVII

The 14 page reference booklet includes historical background on Jasta 30, an extensive list of references used, notes on individual aircraft and pilots and decal application instructions.

Note that the use of decal setting solutions is not recommended (or needed).


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Things I Liked


WWI aviation enthusiasts are raving about the new Jasta 30 book so it is great to see this set from Pheon being released so quickly.

There are so many interesting and colourful options to choose from. This is another top quality set from Pheon and is highly recommended.

Thanks to Pheon Decals for providing the sample for this review

© James Fahey 2015, 2018

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This review was published on Wednesday, February 07 2018; Last modified on Saturday, February 10 2018