13 April 1917
Source ID: 43
As a matter of fact, I had been allowed to bag only forty-one. Anyone will be able to guess why the number was fixed at forty-one. Just for that reason, I wanted to avoid that figure. I am not out for breaking records. Besides, generally speaking, we of the flying service do not think of records at all. We merely think of our duty.
Bölcke might have shot down a hundred airplanes but for his accident, and many others of my dear dead comrades might have vastly increased their bag but for their sudden death.