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Victory 64

Event ID: 224

12 March 1918

49.95092918983752, 3.2502043756266907
N of Nauroy, Square 2858

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

Combat Report: 1110-1115 hrs, north of Nauroy, square 2858, Bristol Fighter No. 1251. Motor: Rolls-Royce 200 hp 12 cylinder V-shaped No.275. Englishman. Together with Leutnant Lothar von Richthofen and Leutnant Steinhauser, both of Jasta 11, we attacked an enemy squadron between Caudry and Le Cateau at an altitude of 5.500 metres, far behind our lines. The plane I attacked immediately dived down to 1.000 metres and tried to escape. The observer had only fired high up in the air, had then disappeared in his seat and had only recommenced shooting shortly before the machine landed. During the fight we had been driven off to La Catelet. There I forced my adversary to land and after doing this both occupants left their plane. Weather: fine with fair visibility. NB – the one hour time difference between Allied and German forces had ended on 10 March 1918, and would remain the same until 16 April, at which time the Germans were once more one hour ahead.

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