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Published on Oct 19, 2007
A beautiful-looking film with good flying and nice airplanes but not historically accurate. Notes on errors in this clip:
Brown's squadron was flying Sopwith Camels not the S.E.5a's seen in the film. Richthofen and Brown never engaged in a "dogfight". Richthofen had begun a chase after novice Canadian pilot Wilfrid May, who had earlier fired at and missed Richthofen's cousin Wolfram (another novice) in the air on this day. Seeing May in trouble, Brown dove after Richthofen, but he was still some distance back when he had the chance to open fire at Richthofen as the three planes headed towards the British lines at low altitude. Latest research appears to point to an Australian machine-gunner -several hundred yards away and to the side of Richthofen's path of flight- as being the one who fired the fatal shot.