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Old 07-17-2017, 12:08 AM   #106
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I have lost count of how many times Manfred cheated death, way back to his cavalry days. Here is a short British account of his downing reported by Captain H. L. Satchell;

"On occasions, the leader of the enemy aircraft fired a white light which burst into several stars. During the fight, which lasted on and off about an hour, we hit with both forward guns a red enemy plane which was very persistent. It fell out of control, emitting black smoke. Flames were seen on this machine by Pilot Joslyn and observer Potter, Pilot Trevethen and Observer Hoy. The clouds beneath us prevented us from seeing whether it crashed or not."
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:24 PM   #107
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Gibbons wrote, "Richthofen was never the same after that English bullet dented his skull and sent him tumbling down two miles to earth."

Manfred was back with Jasta II. But most of his veteran pilots had been transferred to other Jastas as commanders. Manfred was still a captain, but also a squadron commander with four and sometimes five Jastas under his command. He was back in the air, test flights and Front patrols. He would soon be back up to speed.
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It was 100 years ago that Richthofen scored his next victory, he was not the same old warrior he had been. His report of this combat is missing from the Reichsarchiv.

Kill # 58 Aug. 16, 1917, place unknown; Nieuport 1; name and fate of occupant unknown.

He was so tired after this action he went to bed for several hours. He had been a sound sleeper, now he was lucky to get "fitful naps".
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