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Victory 35

Event ID: 182

05 April 1917

50.34893441285409, 3.063296662159449
Lewarde, S of Douai

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: 1115 hrs, Lewarde, south of Douai. Bristol two-seater No 3340. Motor No. 10443. Occupants: Lieutenant McLickler and Lieutenant George; both seriously wounded. It was foggy and altogether very bad weather when I attacked an enemy squad flying between Douai and Valenciennes. Up to this point it had managed to advance without being fired upon. I attacked with four planes of my Staffel. I personally singled out the last machine which I forced to land after a short fight near Lewarde. The occupants burnt their machine. It was a new type of plane which we had not seen as yet; it appears to be quick and rather handy. A powerful motor, V-shaped, 12 cylinder; its name could not be recognisable. The DIII, both in speed and in ability to climb, is undoubtedly superior. Of the enemy squad which consisted of six planes, four were forced to land on our side by my Staffel. Weather: misty and cloudy.

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