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Victory 30

Event ID: 176

24 March 1917

50.39781393844764, 2.773396567197506

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: 1155 hrs, Givenchy. Spad No. 6607, with Hispano Suiza 140 hp motor. The first encountered here. Machine gun No. 4810. Occupant: Lieutenant Baker. I was flying with several of my gentlemen when I observed an enemy squadron passing our Front. Aside from this squadron, two new one-seaters which I did not know were flying nearby. They were extremely fast and handy. I attacked one of them and ascertained that my machine was the better one. After a long fight I managed to hit the adversary’s tank. The propellor stopped running. The plane had to go down. As the fight had taken place above the trenches, my adversary tried to escape, but I managed to force him to land behind our lines near Givenchy. The plane turned over, in a shell hole, upside down, and was taken by our troops. Weather: fine all day.

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  1. This was Richthofen’s first victory after his 23 March promotion to Oberleutnant:

    Am 23.3.17 wurde der Führer von /.St. 11 Frhr.v.Richthofen durch A.K. O ausser der Reihe zum Oberleutnant befördert.

    Special: On 23 March 17 the leader of Jagdstaffel 11 Frhr.v.Richthofen was promoted to Oberleutnant out of sequence by A.K. O .” (“Out of sequence” meaning outside of the normal sequence of promotion.)

    Post-landing photograph of A6706 reveals damage consistent with an overturned landing (crumpled upper wing, broken propeller with mud on the hub, broken landing gear struts, bent and shorn off wheels), as Richthofen described.

  2. Inside the victories of Manfred von richthofen – Volume 1, James F. Miller, Aeronaut Books, 2016 states that MvR was flying an Albatros D.III.

    Under the guns of the Red Baron, Norman Franks, Hal Giblin and Nigel McCrery,1995 states MvR was flying a Halberstadt DII.

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