Flying Circus

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The Jagdgeschwader 1 (JG 1) of World War I, was a fighter unit comprising four Jastas or 'fighter squadrons', originally raised by combining Jastas 4, 6, 10 & 11, on 24 June 1917 with Manfred von Richthofen as commander. JG 1 became known as "The Flying Circus" or "Richthofen's Circus" because its fighter planes were painted in bright and distinctive color schemes for easy identification during dogfights. JG 1 and its supporting logistical infrastructure travelled by train to whatever part of the front-line they were needed, often at short notice.

After von Richthofen's death in April 1918, Hauptmann Wilhelm Reinhard became JG 1 Commanding Officer. After Reinhard was killed in a flying accident, Oberleutnant Hermann Göring became JG 1's third and last commander of the war.

From June 1917 until November 1918, JG 1 claimed 644 Allied aircraft destroyed, while losing 52 pilots killed in action.


The Flying Circus of DYOS resembles little, if anything at all, of its original incarnation. In fact, with the exception of a small core of fighter planes, most of the "Flying" Circus consists of conventional ground forces, chiefly robotic panzer tanks. Each time Richtofen mobilizes, a new iteration of the Flying Circus is christened:

List of Appearances

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