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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142587
Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:14-AUG-1918
Time:0:942 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BFIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol F.2b
Owner/operator:11 Squadron Royal Air Force (11 Sqn RAF)
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Péronne, Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Shot down by air ace Otto Könnecke (Jasta 5) on 14 August 1918: he downed two British aces in a Bristol F.2 Fighter, Eugene S. Coler and Cyril W. Gladman, for his 31st victory in air to air combat. The two British crew survived the crash landing, and were posted as WIA (Wounded In Action). Aircraft reportedly come down near Peronne, Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France; exact time not recorded, but between 08:40 and 09:42 am. According to the official RAF Communiqué No 20 dated 14 August 1918:

"Lieut E S Coler & Lieut C W Gladman, No 11 Squadron, while escorting a bomb raid, saw about 20 enemy scouts, at one of which Lieut Coler dived and, firing at close range, saw it burst into flames. On attacking a second one his gun had a stoppage, so he pulled out of the dive when several E.A. attacked from the rear, at which his observer fired, sending one down in a spin. Lieut Coler then fired at one Fokker biplane which crossed his front at close range, and sent this one down in flames. Just after this, Lieut Gladman was wounded in the shoulder, but, manoeuvring his gun with his left arm, succeeded in shooting a third hostile machine down in flames"

Sources:

1. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/index.phpgermany/konnecke.php
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_K%C3%B6nnecke
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/gladman-c.g.-cyril-george
4. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/coler-e.s
5. http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/showthread.php?t=70437


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Jan-2019 17:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2019 16:38 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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