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Inspecting the German Aircraft Tail Section
The tail section of a downed German aircraft was inspected by an interested group of onlookers. In the photograph are four British infantrymen and three Australian Light Horsemen. The photo was taken after 15 October 1917 west of Deir el Belah at Sheikh Weli Nuran. The pilot was Oberleutnant Richard Ernert from the FA301 (Flieger Abteilung 301). Lieutenant Richard Ernert from German Lightning Squadron No. 301.
The diary of AM Joe Bull (1 AFC) - One Airman's War - provides the surrounding story:
Monday 15 October 'At 3.30 three Hun machines came over and were attacked by one of our BE2e's and a Bristol fighter. The fighter knocked an Albatros scout and the Hun held up his hands but when Lieutenant Steele, pilot of the fighter, directed him to our aerodrome, he attempted to glide for his own lines, so they opened fire on him and shot his wings off, and he crashed to earth. The machine and pilot were smashed beyond recognition.'
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