Karl Menckhoff's Fokker D.VII of Jasta 72 (marked with prominent letter "M"s) at Bergnicourt, July 1918. Menckhoff was credited with 39 confirmed victories. Already in his 30s when he learned to fly, he was one of the oldest pilots in the Imperial German Air Service. He won the Pour le Mérite ("Blue Max"), and was given a squadron command. Menckhoff became a prisoner of war, along with many other German pilots, at Camp Montoire, near Orléans.