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Victory 14

Event ID: 149

20 December 1916

50.17501420527886, 2.9668524169970523
between Quéant and Lagnicourt

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: 1345 hrs, above Moreuil. Vickers two-seater: A5446. Motor: Beardmore No. 791. Occupants: Pilot Lieut. D’Arcy, observer, unknown, had no identification disc. Occupants dead, plane smashed, one machine gun taken, valuables please find enclosed. About 1345 I attacked, with four planes of our Staffel, at 3.000 metres altitude, enemy squadron above Moreuil. The English squadron had thus far not been attacked by Germans and was flying somewhat apart. I had , therefore, the opportunity to attack the last machine. I was foremost of our own people and other German planes were not te be seen. Already after the first attack, the enemy motor began to smoke; the observer had been wounded. The plane went down in large curves, I followed and fired at closest range. I had also killed, as was ascertained later on, the pilot. Finally the plane crashed on the ground. The plane is lying between Queant and Lagnicourt. Weather: fine all day.

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