Fabric from Fokker (Alb.) D.VII 6746/18

This piece of four color undersurface lozenge fabric measures 20" x 28" and bears the stencil 6746 which, along with other particulars, identifies it as coming from the Albatros-built Fokker D.VII (Alb.) 6746/18  for the following reasons.  The standard rib spacing for the Fokker D.VII was 300 mm, the same as the spacing on this piece.  The serial number range 6746 is not a serial number in the known serial number sequences of Halberstadt CII or CLIV, DFW CV, Pfalz DIIIa, Roland DVI, LVG CVI, or Albatros DV aircraft but is in the known serial number ranges of Halberstadt CV, Rumpler CIV and Albatros D.Va.  The rib distance on the D.Va was 340 mm, so I have eliminated that aircraft.  Albatros had a stylized numbering set which was consistent on their  Fokker D.VII series such as in their Fokker D.VII (Alb.) 6745/18 shown below being inspected by French pilots.

The four color fabric first appeared on the wings of the Fokker D.VII in March 1918.  Albatros and OAW used the four color fabric on the Fok. D.VII aircraft they built under license.  In the journal World War One Aeroplanes Volume 154 page 22 notes to extent photos, the Fok. D.VII (Alb.) horizontal stabilizer is stenciled with the serial number of the aircraft without a /18 suffix.  

Peter Grosz kindly loaned me the two photos of Fok. (Alb) D.VII 6746/18 shown below.  Note that the left photo shows an allied hanger in the background as well as a Spad which, photo enhanced, carries the insignia of the 103 Aero Squadron.  Therefore, the date of these pictures is likely summer to fall of 1918. 

The previous owner of this material stated that he purchased it from the family of a pilot who served in both the First and second World Wars.  The 103 Pursuit Squadron was formed in France with American pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille. The 103rd served with the French Air Service until 10 April 1918.  On 1 July 1918, the squadron became a part of the 3rd Pursuit Group.   The only member that I have found so far that served in both wars was DeFreest Larner.  As the Aerodrome web site explains, he was "Too young for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Larner traveled to France to join the French Air Service on 10 July 1917. Downing two enemy aircraft, he remained with the French until he was appointed commanding officer of the 103rd Pursuit Squadron on 16 June 1918. Flying SPAD XIIIs, he scored 5 more victories by the end of the war. Following the Armistice, he served at the Paris Peace Conference before returning to the United States in September 1919. He graduated from Columbia University in 1921 and returned to uniform as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. In later life, Larner was general manager of the National Aeronautical Association and chairman of Robinson Aviation before his retirement in 1964."