25 April 1916 – Immelmann’s Close Shave

The new DH2 fighters have gradually been turning the tide against the German Air Service on the Western Front as they are a clearly superior aircraft to the Fokker Monoplanes – whose only advantage lies in the forward firing gun. Today, Max Immelmann got a lesson in that superiority when he attacked two DH2s.

“The two worked splendidly together…and put 11 shots into my machine. The petrol tank, the struts on the fuselage, the undercarriage and the propeller were hit… It was not a nice business”


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