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Victory 01

Event ID: 127

17 September 1916

50.09638140760369, 3.1538937453647593
Near Villers Plouich
Villers Plouich

Source ID: 13

Under the guns of the Red Baron, Norman Franks, Hal Giblin and Nigel McCrery

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: Vickers No. 7018, Motor No. 701, Machine guns Nos 17314n 10372, near Villers Plouich, 1100 hrs. When patrol flying I detected shrapnel clouds in direction of Cambrai. I hurried forth and met a squad which I attacked shortly after 1100. I singled out the last machine and fired several times at closest range (ten metres). Suddenly the enemy propellor stood stock still. The machine went down gliding and I followed until I had killed the observer who had not stopped shooting until the last moment. Now my opponent went downwards in sharp curves. At approximately 1.200 metres a second German machine came along and attacked my victim right down to the ground and then landed next to the English plane. Weather: bright morning with clouds in the afternoon.

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