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Victory 33

Event ID: 180

02 April 1917

50.39224109082736, 2.7874472762560534

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: 1115 hrs Givenchy. Sopwith two-seater A2401. Motor: Clerget Blin without number, Type 2. Occupants: Sergeant Dunn and Lieutenant Warrens. Together with Leutnants Voss and Lothar von Richthofen, I attacked an enemy squadron of eight Sopwiths above the closed cloud cover on the enemy’s side. The plane I had singled out was driven away from its squad and gradually came over to our side. The enemy plane tried to escape and hide in the clouds after I had holed its benzine tank. Below the clouds I immediately attacked him again, thereby forcing him to land 300 metres east of Givenchy. But as yet my adversary would not surrender and even as his machine was on the ground, he kept shooting at me, thereby hitting my machine very severely at an altitude of five metres. I once more attacked him, while on the ground, and killed one of the occupants. Weather: wind, rain, snow flurries and low clouds.

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