Last Flight

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Manfred von Richthofen kept his Fokker low, pursuing the RAF Sopwith Camel over the treetops. He occasionally fired bursts from his 7.92mm machine guns, but his target continued to elude him. He was about to bring his guns to bear once more when he saw movement out of the corner of his eye.

Another Camel, several hundred feet above, dove down in his direction. He pulled hard to starboard as bullets raked through the air. The RAF would have to do better than that! They didn’t call him Der Rote Kampfflieger for nothing! Satisfied that he’d shaken his attacker, he resumed his pursuit.

Manfred did not give chase for long. There was a sudden impact to his chest, and he looked down to see blood oozing from his flight jacket. With his last ounce of strength, he managed to land the Fokker in a nearby field.

Manfred was still alive when the Australians arrived. He became vaguely aware of people shouting at him in a foreign language. As the world dimmed around him, the Red Baron spoke one last word.

Kaputt.”

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  1. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    It’s always nice to see a story where some real research has gone into it – and isn’t it funny how, even as an English national knowing the reasons behind why this man died, you still invoke a real empathy by telling the story with the Baron as the protagonist…

    Clever and effective storytelling, action-packed but poignant – MH :)

  2. Avatar kaellinn18

    Thanks, Ed. I think I actually spent more time researching this one than writing it!

  3. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    Oh, yes, I remember the Red Baron. Right at the back of my brain where unneeded knowledge is kept!
    One thing is that surely Baron would be more alerted by the smashing glass than the bullet in chest moment.
    Other than that, class..

  4. Avatar kaellinn18

    What smashing glass? He was flying a Fokker Dr.I which did not have a canopy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fokker_Dr.I

  5. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    Oh, okay. I only needed an explanation :) I just like the story part of History, the tiny mechanic details bore me…

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