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On victory 20

Event ID: 517

14 February 1917

50.45697680258203, 2.8229973925919714
West of Loos

Source ID: 29

The dramatic true story of the Red Baron, Wiliam E Burrows, 1972, Mayflower Books

He said in his report that the pilot had been killed in the air and the observer seriously wounded when the B.E.2 crashed into German trenches. The opposite was true. Second Lieutenant H. A. Croft, the observer, was probably killed instantly. But the pilot, Lieutenant C. D. Bennett, fractured the base of his skull in the crash, erasing all memory of his encounter with Richthofen. He eventually became a London businessman, but forever lost the events of February 14, 1917.

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