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MvR comments on von der Osten’s 4th victory

Event ID: 573

30 November 1917

50.25304237994465, 3.3653950382567883

Source ID: 33

Richthofen, Beyond the legend of the Red Baron, Peter Kilduff, Arms and Armour, 1993

ISBN: 1854091271

One of the backstaggered de Havillands was brought down at 1345 by Leutnant Georg von der Osten of Jasta 11, who later recalled of his fourth victory: “It crashed into the shell-torn ground south of Bourlon Wood. Immediately after the  landing, Richthofen congratulated me, but at the same time rebuked me because after my first attack I had not followed the crippled aeroplane into the first turn. I had had to turn away because of the attack by another Englishman who, as we used to say in front-line German, “was spitting into my crate from behind”. I mention this to show how closely Richthofen kept watch over the whole battle scene.

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