Originally Posted by passat54
Taz and Alex,
"Nachtegaal" is just found on a battle map of a Feldartillerie-Regiment for the period of 16.9.-27.09.1917
The French name of the area, where also a small wood is placed, reads Vieux-Chien. A little bit West of Koelenberg.
No doubt, that the soldiers surrounding the Triplane are from the Feldartillerie-Regiment.
On my ordnance survey maps, dated May 1916 there is no Vieux-Chien marked west of Koelberg, although a small wood is shown. The maps are 1/100.000 and show literally thousands of houses, farms, railways etc. No station is shown, but presumably this was because it was a stop named by the German forces and would not be marked on a British/French map of the time.
In the OTF article, Terry Phillips and Manfred Thiemeyer say, or at the very least seem to imply, that the men surrounding the triplane are members of Pionierkompanie 89, and that the photos were taken by a member of the unit, Kompanie-Photograph Gefreiter Meridan. Are you now saying that the soldiers surrounding the triplane are 'no doubt' from a Feldartillerie Regt and that Phillips and Thiemeyer are incorrect.
If your location of Nachtigal, as a little to the west of Koelberg, is correct, then this places it even nearer to the Front Line and well within range of artillery. Which reinforces my point of why are the soldiers not wearing any steel hemets, nor seem to be worried about the triplane's landing, so near the front line, attracting any shelling
I am disapponted that the thread has not attracted any comments or thoughts from other forumites. It seems that they are willing to discuss
ad infinitum - dare I say ad nauseam - the question of who shot down von R, even though it has been established/accepted for many years that it was groundfire, than discuss the last days of a great pilot such as Wolff. We will never know who fired the shot that killed von R, nor does it matter - it certainly doesn't matter to von R. I might as well try to find the name of the workman at the Royal Aircraft Factory who fitted the incorrect air filter to McCudden's SE5, causing his fatal crash.