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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2018 12:04 p.m. PST

If you look closely, you can also see a certain future Luftwaffe chief.


Texas Jack19 Feb 2018 1:22 p.m. PST

Wow that was great, thanks for posting!

Mick the Metalsmith19 Feb 2018 1:55 p.m. PST

Awesome! Who was the allied pilot forced down? It looked like he was in a Nieuport 28 maybe?

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2018 3:22 p.m. PST

Very interesting!

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2018 3:58 p.m. PST

The victim is Richthofen's 61st victory over Lt. Algernon Frederick Bird (POW) on 3 September 1917 from 46 Sqn.
Bird was flying a Sopwith Pup (B1795) South of Bousbecque

panzerCDR19 Feb 2018 5:11 p.m. PST

The British POW looked pretty happy all things considered. I suppose not many survived being shot down by the Red Baron, so perfectly understandable. Nice find!

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP19 Feb 2018 5:32 p.m. PST

and HERE is a clip of the actual…………………………………………………………… fight !

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Ceterman19 Feb 2018 6:49 p.m. PST

Nice Find, for sure! But all of that has been out there for many years, EXCEPT I have never seen the very beginning where MvR comes out in the car & also, if you notice when he takes his cap off to put on his flying helmet, you can clearly see the dressing on his head from the wound suffered on 6 July 1917. I've never seen the bandage as clear as this. All in all probably 30 or so seconds of stuff in that pre-flight suit up, that I've never seen! Thanks for posting!

wrgmr119 Feb 2018 7:44 p.m. PST

Looks like the second pilot from the left in the group shot is Friedrich T. Noltenius


The third from the left in the shiny leather could be Kurt Wolff.


Son of Liberty19 Feb 2018 8:59 p.m. PST

I'm always amazed at how quickly the triplane gets into the air. The Baron flew that particular aircraft for about a month before he went on leave. It was then flown by Kurt Wolff who was eventually shot down while flying it on 15 Sept. 1917.

Tom Molon Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2018 6:49 a.m. PST

Great find. Fantastic video.

Sailor Steve20 Feb 2018 11:10 p.m. PST

I too have seen some of this before, but never so complete, so crisp and clear, and never in a format I could download and add to my collection. Thanks for sharing this.

Russ Lockwood10 Mar 2018 4:30 p.m. PST

Great find. Thanks.

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