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Victory 65

Event ID: 260

13 March 1918

50.05194076173977, 3.2134154415424385
Between Gonnelieu and Banteux, Square 1853

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

1035hrs, between Gonnelieu and Banteux, in square 1853. Sopwith Camel. Englishman, Wounded. I started with Jasta 11 and fought later on with two Staffels of my group against 2à to 30 Englishmen (DH4s, SE5s and Sopwith Camels). I forced down a DH4 from 4.000 to 2.000 metres. My opponent glided down in the direction of Caudry with only very slowly working engine. The fight took place quite a distance behind out lines. The Englishman landed south of Le Terrière in square 2256. Harassed by Albatrosses of another Staffel, I let my doomed adversary off, climbed to 3.200 metres, where I fought with several Sopwith Camels. In this moment I saw an Englishman attacking one of my Staffel’s planes. I followed him, approached to within 20 metres, and put holes through his benzine tank. Apparently I had hit the pilot, as the machine dived and plunged to the gorund. The Englishman tried to land in the fighting area near Gonnelieu but smashed his machine just behind our lines. Weather: fine; visibility fair.

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