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Victory 08

Event ID: 140

09 November 1916

50.13036094921185, 2.918734811322256

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: 1030 hrs, BE two-seater, No. 2506. Motor: Daimler No. 22082. Occupants: Seriously wounded, pilot very seriously; observer, shoulder.

Above Beugny. About 1030 I attacked, with several other planes, enemy bombing squadron above Mory at 2.500 metres altitude. After preceding curve fight, my victim crashed to the ground near Beugny.

Weather: bright and clear nearly all day.

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  1. source: Inside the victories of Manfred von richthofen – Volume 1, James F. Miller, Aeronaut Books, 2016

    Richthofen’s reference to an observer being wounded begat the thought that the “observer” was Lt. Gerald Featherstone Knight. Knight was also thought to be the pilot of 2506 and Cameron his observer. However, Knight was pilot of BE.2c 2502 shot down by Oblt. Kirmaier, for his 9th victory.

    In his autobiography Der Rote Kampfflieger, Richthofen recalled that after this victory he and Imelmann drove and then hiked through mud to reach the crash site. Upon gaining Cameron’s crashed BE.2c, which still carried its bombs, Richthofen was introduced to the Sovereign Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Later that evening Richthofen was summoned to appear before the Duke and informed of the belief he had prevented the British from bombing the Duke’s headquarters (although No. 12’s stated objective had been bombing the Vraucourt sugar factory). For this he received the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Duke Carl Eduard Medal, 2nd Class with Swords on 30 December, 1916.

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