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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2018 11:39 a.m. PST

"The dogfights of World War I were more about entertainment and sparking morale (on the front and at home) than military strategy (air forces did not become essential to militaries until World War II), but dogfights were still an important aspect of the militaries involved in WW I. Here are the 10 craziest dogfights of World War I:

10. Benno Fiala Ritter von Fernbrugg was Austria-Hungary's third highest-scoring ace, with 28 victories to his name, and lived until the ripe old age of 74 (he died with his boots on in the city of his birth, Vienna). On May 30, 1918, Fernbrugg got into a vicious dogfight with a British pilot, Alan Jerrard (an ace), over the Italian front, and the Viennese aristocrat came out on top of the bloody heap to score his 14th victory (Jerrard survived and became a prisoner of war). The dogfight started when Jerrard and two other Allied pilots engaged five Austro-Hungarian fighters. The Allied squadron shot down one of the Austro-Hungarian planes and pursued the others to the latter's aerodrome, which Jerrard began to spray with machine-gun fire. Fernbrugg and his squadron managed to meet the Allies in the sky and eventually shoot down Jerrard…."
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Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member30 Mar 2018 12:28 p.m. PST

Frank Luke's experience to me is the top.

Why hasn't there been a film about him?

14Bore30 Mar 2018 3:31 p.m. PST

Of course Frank Luke's is my favourite being a 27th squadron alumni

wrgmr130 Mar 2018 3:40 p.m. PST

I agree, Werner Voss should be the number 1.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2018 7:26 a.m. PST

"The dogfights of World War I were more about entertainment and sparking morale (on the front and at home)…"

Certainly not for the men flying the aircraft.

kustenjaeger31 Mar 2018 11:51 a.m. PST

In fact artillery spotting and observation tasks were increasingly important as WWI progressed. Dogfights were largely a side effect of attempts to prevent the other side from carrying out or preventing such missions. They obviously attracted public and media attention.

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mrinku05 Apr 2018 1:38 p.m. PST

Yeah, the observation role was very important since cavalry weren't able to perform that role on the Western Front, and planes with cameras could provide better intelligence anyway.

Palestine campaign is a case in point… it wasn't just observing the enemy, but actually having to map the region.

And bombing became more and more important. As Edward says, the dogfights were all about preventing the other side's 2-seaters from operating.

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