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CENTENARY DiD CHALLENGE: BLOODY APRIL
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DAY-TO-DAY CONFIRMED CLAIMS AND LOSSES OF THE RFC, RNAS, LUFTSTREITKRÄFTE & L'ARMÉE DE L'AIR FRANÇAISE.
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April 1st 1917 - April 31st 1917.
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FOREWORD:
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The date was April 1st, 1917, the first day of a month that would become one of the most, if not the most, tumultuous periods for the British and French air fighters. Facing off against the newly-formed Jastas, who had already cut their teeth over the skies of France, inferior Entente machines were downed in staggering numbers by the superior machines of the German air service. These records detail the exploits of pilots from both sides of No-Mans-Land during the Wings over Flanders Fields community's "Centenary Dead is Dead Challenge". The air war so far had produced 12 'Aces' (pilots with 5 or more confirmed aerial victories). Would these aces thrive during 'Bloody April' - or would they fall?
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Top 10 Aerial Aces on April 1st 1917:
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1)A. Ethelstan, No. 8 RNAS 99
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2)C. Gold, Sqn. Unknown69
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3)A. Auge, Jasta Boelcke59
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4)A. Tremblay, Esc. N 81 34
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5)A, Schwarzkopf, Jasta 1823
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6)D. Urbain, Esc. N 5718
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7)C. V. Gardner, No. 48 RFC16
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8)E. Everheart, No. 8 RNAS11
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9)A. E. Godfrey, No. 60 RFC10
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B. Brubaker, Esc. Lafayette
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Pilot:Squadron:Machine Flown:Claim:Location:Victory No:Remarks:Player:
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1 April 1917
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Oblt. Aldi SchwarzkopfJasta 18Albatros D.IIISopwith TriplaneUnknown23a.Fullofit
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Oblt. Ahren AugerJasta BAlbatros D.IIISopwith TriplaneUnknown59Banjoman
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a. Schwarzkopf reported downing two Triplanes on this day, however only this one was confirmed. He was well-compensated for his missing claim, however, as this victory earned Schwarzkopf a promotion to Hauptmann.
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2 April 1917.
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Hptm. Aldi SchwarzkopfJasta 18Albatros D.IIISopwith StrutterUnknown24a.Fullofit
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Hptm. Aldi SchwarzkopfJasta 18Albatros D.IIISopwith StrutterUnknown25Fullofit
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a. Fell in flames somewhere in No-Mans-Land. The pilot was thought to have been shot dead before the machine caught fire.
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4 April 1917.
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No claims.
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Losses:
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1. Flt. Lt. Dudley Nightshade, No. 6 RNAS. Killed in a collision with an enemy machine (Location Unknown).
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5 April 1917.
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Hptm. Aldi SchwarzkopfJasta 18Albatros D.IIINieuport 17Unknown26a.Fullofit
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a. Fell in German lines. Shwarzkopf was badly wounded during the fight he claimed this Nieuport in. Incredibly, it is likely that he downed this enemy machine after having been wounded!
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Losses:
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1. Hptm. Aldi Schwarzkopf. Wounded during a fight with several Nieuport 17s, as stated above.
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6 April 1917.
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Edgar EverheartNo. 8 RNASSopwith TriplaneAlbatros D.IIIUnknown12MFair
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Edgar EverheartNo. 8 RNASSopwith TriplaneTwo-SeaterUnknown13MFair
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OStv. Hermann HienzeJasta 11Albatros D.IIIUnknownUnknown1MFair
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1. Hermann Hienze, Jasta 11. Wounded in the hip by the observer of a B.E.2 during the same sortie in which he scored his first victory.
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7 April 1917.
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No claims.
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Losses:
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1. Staff. Flg. Eckheart von Hammer, FA 13. Shot Down & Killed by a Nieuport 23 (Pilot Unknown - Unit Unknown). von Hammer was mortally wounded and fell in No-Mans-Land.
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8 April 1917
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No claims -- No losses.
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9 April 1917.
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Albert Earl Godfrey MCNo. 60 RFCNieuport 17DFWE. of Bethune11Robert_Wiggins
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Albert Earl Godfrey MCNo. 60 RFCNieuport 17DFWE. of Bethune12Robert_Wiggins
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1. Fritz von Tarlenheim, FA 250. Wounded in action by a French Nieuport.
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10 April 1917.
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Oblt. Ahren AugerJasta BAlbatros D.IIISPAD VIIUnknown60a.Banjoman
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Oblt. Ahren AugerJasta BAlbatros D.IIISopwith PupUnknown61a.Banjoman
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a. Auger's first encounter with this type. The machine he shot down immedately nosed down and crashed after a short burst. It is unknown if the pilot was instantly killed. wounded, or if a control cable was severed.
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b. Auger's flight, operating in a heavy cloud layer, emerged from a cloud and almost collided with a formation of Pups! The British machines immediately turned for home, but an accurate burst from Auger sent one spinning to earth.
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11 April 1917.
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Edgar EverheartNo. 8 RNASSopwith TriplaneDFW C.VUnknown13MFair
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1. 2nd. Lt. Edwards Rowntree, No. 23 Sqn. RFC. Wounded when a bullet fired by a D.F.W's observer clipped his flying goggles, sending some metal shards into his right eye.
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13 April 1917.
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Flt. Sub.Lt. Dudley DuckettNo. 8 RNASSopwith PupHalberstadt Two-SeaterVert Galland1a.MFair
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OStv. Drago Duntz Jasta 1Albatros D.IIFrench Two-SeaterUnknown1b.MFair
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Oblt. Ahren AugerJasta BAlbatros D.IIINieuport 17Unknown62c.Banjoman
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Oblt. Ahren AugerJasta BAlbatros D.IIISopwith TriplaneUnknown63Banjoman
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a. Shot Down over Vert Galland Aerodrome at low altitude. Pilot Unknown - Unit Unknown.
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b. Shot Down in French lines. Enemy Aircraft type unknown but thought to be a Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter. Pilot, Observer & Unit unknown.
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