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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 16270
Last updated: 22 October 2021
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Time:c. 11:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DR1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker DR.I
Owner/operator:JG 1 Luftstreitkräfte
Registration: 425/17
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:near Vaux-sur-Somme -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Harbonničres airfield (F)
Destination airport:Harbonničres airfield
German air ace Manfred von Richthofen was killed after being hit by a bullet near Vaux-sur-Somme, France.
Von Richthofen, knick name 'Red Baron', was pursuing a Sopwith Camel (flown by Canadian pilot Lieutenant Wilfrid "Wop" May) with his Fokker Dr.I triplane at a very low altitude near the Somme River.
Canadian Captain Arthur "Roy" Brown, also flying a Sopwith Camel, tried to intervene and dove at high speed towards the Fokker Dr.I and fired.
Von Richthofen turned to avoid this attack, and then resumed his pursuit of May. At some point the aircraft was hit by a single .303 bullet, which hit Von Richthofen, damaging his heart and lungs. He managed to retain sufficient control to make a rough landing in a field on a hill near the Bray-Corbie road, just north of the village of Vaux-sur-Somme. He died of his injuries.
The bullet that killed Von Richthofen was likely fired from the ground by a Royal Australian Artillery soldier.



Revision history:

23-Mar-2008 06:59 Bleiente Added
12-Jan-2018 12:04 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
18-Apr-2018 11:39 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Apr-2018 11:46 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
18-Apr-2018 11:48 harro Updated [Embed code]
21-Apr-2018 18:05 harro Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
02-May-2019 06:59 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
01-Jan-2020 07:53 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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