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Old 12 June 2005, 06:32 AM   #1
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Rumpler C with British Markings

On 6 March 1918, Captain Roy W. Chappell of 41 Sqdn. RFC had an unusual confrontation with a German aircraft over Havrincourt. He noticed in bore British markings on the rudder but when he drew nearer, the observer fired on him.

His combat report states, "At 10.15am, I observed 1 E.A. 2-seater, probably a Rumpler, with British markings on the rudder, between 15,000 ft. and 16,000 ft. over Havrincourt. The observer of the E.A. fired at me whereupon I dived and coming up underneath his tail fired a burst of 10 rounds at about 100 yards. The E.A. dived away east." Owing to his oil "having given out", Chappell was obliged to return to base and was unable to pursue the aircraft.

Stating the obvious, had it been a captured aircraft, it would not have fired on Chappel. Moreover, it would not have dived away to the East. Are there other examples of German aircraft 'in disguise'? Seeing as the aircraft was immediately identified by Chappel as German, what would its German pilots have hoped to achieve?

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