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Victory 18

Event ID: 157

24 January 1917

50.37622781830363, 2.8098147229337216
West of Vimy

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Victory 18 and emergency landing after loss of upper wing Combat Report: 1215 hrs, west of Vimy. Fixed motor: Plane No. 6937; Motor No. 748. Occupants: Pilot – Captain Craig. (Obs) Lieutenant McLennan. Accompanied by Feldwebel (Hans) Howe, I attacked, at about 1215, the commanding plane of an enemy formation. After a long fight I forced my adversary to land near Vimy. The occupants burnt their plane after landing. I myself had to land, as one wing had cracked at 300 metres. I was flying an Albatros DIII. According to the English crew, my red painted plane is not unknown to them, as when being asked who had brought them down, they answered: “Le petit rouge”. Two machine guns have been seized by my Staffel. The plane was not worth removing as it was completely burned. Weather: fine all day.

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