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Victory 15

Event ID: 150

27 December 1916

50.22926527661737, 2.7448214090428165
12 km east of Ficheux

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: 1625 hrs, above Ficheux, south of Arras. FE two-seater was smashed, number etc. not recognisable. At 1615, five planes of our Staffel attacked enemy squadron south of Arras. The enemy approached our lines, but was thrown back. After some fighting I managed to attack a very courageously flown Vickers two-seater. After 300 shots, enemy plane began dropping, uncontrolled. I pursued the plan up to 1.000 metres above the ground. Enemy plane crashed to ground on enemy side, one kilometre behind trenches near Ficheux. (possibly) Capt. JB Quested (WIA); Lt. HJH Dicksee (unhurt) (Some sources claim that this was Sgt. James McCudden of No.29 Squadron, in a DH.2.) Quested/Dicksee were downed at 11.20 hours, 12 km east of Ficheux (probably versus Jasta 1)- inside Allied lines. Richthofen claimed his kill at 16.25 hours [2] McCudden, who returned to base, fits the time period. Weather: mist in the morning, clearing later.

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