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Victory 19

Event ID: 159

01 February 1917

50.349191852759795, 2.798233965934556
1 km SW of Thelus

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: 1600 hrs. BE two-seater No. 6742. Over trenches, one kilometer south-west of Thelus. Occupants: Lieutenant Murray – Lieut McBar, both wounded and died 2 Feb. About 1600 I spotted, flying with Leutnant Allmenröder, at 1.800 metres altitude, an artillery flyer. I managed to approach him within 50 yards apparently unnoticed, with my Halberstadt machine. From this distance, up to only the length of a plane, I fired 150 shots. The enemy plane then went down in large, uncontrolled right-hand curves, pursued by Allmenröder and myself. The plane crashed into the barbed wire of our front lines. The occupants were both wounded and were made prisoners by the infantry. It is impossible to remove the plane. Weather: overcast morning, but fine for the remainder of the day.

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

    First victory flying a Halberstadt D-type.

    It is unknown which Halberstadt D-type Richthofen flew during this period. Popular consensus has been it was a D.III but more likely it was a D.V, based on that model’s overwhelming numerical superiority in Jasta Il during Jan/ Feb 1917. However, since the Staffel also was equipped with one Halberstadt D.II and one D.III until 28 February, on any sortie he could have flown the Halberstadt Dell, D.III or D.V.

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