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Old 14 August 2004, 09:10 PM   #1
Ritter von Fear
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Bristol, England
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I used to post on this forum on a fairly regular basis around 1998-2001 and was also a member of the Jasta 18 Cyber Squadron for Red Baron II/3D. However due to getting heavily involved into 18th Century re-enactment I have been away from my original interest.

I was just wondering if any new facts have been discovered into the controversial death of Max Immelmann? Something about the Fokker E.III and this early Ace always captivated my imagination. I read that Immelmann had experienced a close call a few weeks/days before his untimely death when his machine gun synchronization gear failed, causing him to shoot off his propeller.

He managed to turn off his engine and glide into a safe landing. Upon inspecting his aircraft, he was horrified to see his engine hanging lose in the mountings. My question is on the 18th of June, why did he fail to turn off his engine again? I have read that he 'fell to his death', but this does not state whether or not he was inside the aircraft or even if his body was found inside the wreckage.

If the British truly contributed to his death, one would assume that there were bullet holes in his aircraft, or indeed his body? If he was wounded or killed while in the air, this would be a valid reason to why he never turned off the engine avoiding his aircraft to break up.

All comments are welcome

And I apologize for my bad grammar, it is rather late here.


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