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Victory 41

Event ID: 190

13 April 1917

50.33080860063041, 3.0045231208087038
Between Vitry and Brebières

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: 0858 hrs, between Vitry and Brebières. New Body DD: plane burnt. Occupants: Lieutenant M A Woat and Steward (Thomas) both killed. Motor No. 3759; fixed Motor V-shaped, 12 cylinders. With six planes of my Staffel I attacked an enemy squadron of the same force. The plane I had singled out fell to the ground between Vitry and Brebières, after a short fight. On touching down both occupants and machine burned to ashes. Weather: fine but cloudy.

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  1. source: Inside the victories of Manfred von richthofen – Volume 1, James F. Miller, Aeronaut Books, 2016
    Gibbons wrote that when he visited the Richthofen home in Schweidnitz he came across a photo of two burned corpses. On the back was written, apparently by Richthofen: ‘My 41st D.D. two-seater, 12 cyl.Beadmore (sic) motor. Two occupants dead. Shot down and burned on the electric wires on April 13, 1917, about ten o’clock in the morning at the canal between Brebières and Vitry.’ These comments suggest the possibility, albeit remote and unusual, of electrocution as the cause of death.

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