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Victory 75

Event ID: 271

02 April 1918

49.77531454215761, 2.4910333027090017
Hill 104, NE of Moreuil

Source ID: 13

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

ISBN: 9781898697275

1230 hrs. Hill 104, north-east of Moreuil. RE 2; Englishman. Around 1230 I attacked, above the wood of Moreuil, an English RE at an altitude of 800 metres, directly under the clouds. As the adversary only saw me very late, I managed to approach him to within 50 metres. From ten metres range I shot him until he began to burn. When the flames shot out, I was only five metres away from him. I could see how the observer and pilot were leaning out of their plane to escape the fire.The machine did not explode in the air but gradually burnt down. It fell uncontrolled to the ground where it exploded and burnt to ashes. Weather: fine, good visibility, but cloudy over lines at 2.000 feet.

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