20-April -1918

First World War 1914-1918 from the German perspective.

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Scott Powell
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20-April -1918

Post by Scott Powell » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:54 pm

90 years ago Rittmeister Manfed von Richtofen scored his 79th and 80th victories.The victories were scored against Camels of the 3rd Squadron RAF .
His 79th victory was Major Richard Raymond -Barker MC. According to MvR's combat reports, Three Minutes later, he scored his 80th( and final ) victory , 2LT David Lewis.Lewis came down only about 50 yards from Raymond-Barker.
Raymond -Barker died in the attack,but Lewis survived and lived another 60 years

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Post by Doktor Krollspell » Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:11 pm

And 90 years ago today Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen died, most probably as a result of machine gun fire from Australian ground troops near the Somme river.

Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen (1892-1918)
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Re: 20-April -1918

Post by Scott Powell » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:05 pm

When i visited the Australian War Memorial last year, i was enthralled with the Von Richtofen display. to see the contral stick with the L and R machine gun buttons was chilling

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