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

    This combat report and others has a line that reads “Witnessess,” but features no names. Ostensibly, Richthofen compiled and listed witnesses to help secure confirmation of his victory claims, but mostly these were ignored during translation. The great exception is Victory #61, which includes a detailed list of witnesses and their corroborative testimonies.

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