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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #226 on: September 26, 2022, 06:18:20 AM »
I would love to see a photo of Hugh Battleplane!

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #227 on: September 26, 2022, 11:55:56 AM »
I would love to see a photo of Hugh Battleplane!

Me too!  I did search for that on flyingmachines.ru but no luck.  Another aviation mystery waiting to be solved.

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #228 on: September 26, 2022, 02:14:11 PM »
Canadian Killed Fighting Zeppelin
(respectively from the Ottawa Journal and the Ottawa Citizen, 26 September 1917):

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #229 on: September 27, 2022, 11:01:26 PM »
Italian Ace Tours America in Caproni Bomber
(from the St. Petersburg Daily, 27 September 1918):


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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #230 on: September 29, 2022, 12:10:07 AM »
Kurt Wintgens Killed
Credited as the first fighter to shoot down an enemy aircraft with a synchronized gun, the Blue-Max recipient recalled the event in a letter excerpted in Cross & Cockade (Summer 1985):

"I had flown to the Front a couple of times without seeing an opponent, until yesterday evening when the big moment came. Time: 6:00 o'clock. Place: east of Lunéville. Altitude: between 2,000 and 2,500 m. Suddenly I notice a monoplane in front of me, about 300 m higher. And at the same moment he had already dived in front of me, fiercely firing his machine gun decently. But as I, at once, dived in an opposite direction under him, he missed wildly. After four attacks I reached his altitude in a large turn, and now my machine gun did some talking. I attacked at such a close distance that we looked each other into the face.  After my third attack he did the most stupid thing that he could do — he fled. I turned the crate on the spot and had him at once, beautifully, in my (gun)sight. Rapid fire for about four seconds, and down went his nose."

Wintgens is believed to have been shot down into no-man's land by French ace Alfred Heurteaux flying an early SPAD S.VII.
(respectively from the St. Joseph News-Press and the Glasgow Herald [somewhat blurred]; 28,29 September 1916):

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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #231 on: September 29, 2022, 03:01:28 PM »
German Giant Tricked into Trap at 20,00ft.
The plane in question is described as a Rumpler, but I wonder if this was a Friedrichshafen G.III?
(from the Saskatoon Phoenix, 29 September 1917):


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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #232 on: September 30, 2022, 11:47:50 PM »
Inside a Death Chamber
(from the Fulton County News, 30 September 1916):


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Re: On this Day (WWI aviation news)
« Reply #233 on: Today at 01:46:58 PM »
Lucky Charms
(from The Day, 1 October 1917):

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