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Leutnant Wenzl recalled

Event ID: 588

21 April 1918

49.928483341520156, 2.762579459937117

Source ID: 33

Richthofen, Beyond the legend of the Red Baron, Peter Kilduff, Arms and Armour, 1993

ISBN: 1854091271

A member of Ltn Weiss’ flight, Ltn. d. Res Richard Weinzl, later recalled:

Over the lines we attacked seven Sopwith Camels with red noses. The Anti-Richthofen people! We went through the paces…but due to the rather strong east wind we (drifted) farther and farther over the other side. Accordingly, Weiss broke off combat and we went back over the lines. With that, suddenly I saw that one of our machines was in trouble. Afterwards someone told me that he was sure it was W├Âlffchen. In the air I thought I had recognized Richthofen’s machine. One after another the other machines came back. We landed everyone was there; only Richthofen was missing…

Now I voiced my fear. I had a numb inner feeling that something had happened to Richthofen. As I flew back, east of Corbie, I had seen a small machine on the ground on the other side of the lines that had not been there previously. This machine appeared to be red. As I knew the position, Hptmn Reinhard asked me to reconnoitre with some comrades. I took off with Karjus and von Richthofen…

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