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Victory 44

Event ID: 195

14 April 1917

50.37597767615312, 2.9137408419271456
1 km S of Bois Bernard
Bois Bernard

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: 0915 hrs, one kilometre south of Bois Bernard, this side of lines. Nieuport one-seater, No. 6796 ; motor No. 8341/IB Rotary. Occupant: Lieutenant W O Russell, made prisoner. Above Harlex, one of our observer planes was attacked by several Nieuports. I hurried to the place of action, attacked one of the planes and forced it to land one kilometre south of Bois Bernard. Weather: fine morning; cloudy in the afternoon.

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

    Russell recounted postwar he had been aloft for 1.5 hours when his flight made a diving attack on a pair of two-seaters. However, his engine failed, likely damaged from return fire; “petrol was flowing freely”. While gliding he was attacked by “two enemy scouts”, one of which “followed me to the ground…shooting all the way”. This was Richthofen, prosecuting his normal no-quarter attack methodology.

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