aerial scene from the Western Front with Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 and German Albatros D.III.
Inspired by an incident that occurred on May 7th 1917, near Douai. British pilot Arthur Rhys-Davids was on his first patrol with the No. 56 Squadron (Royal Flying Corps) when they ran into group of Germans from Jasta 11.
Several British planes were shot down by the experienced German airmen. Rhys-Davids's guns were jammed and his damaged engine quit. Suddenly the German pilot on his tail, once thought to be Lieutenant Kurt Wolff, pulled away from a sure kill and let him live. Rhys-Davids made a powerless landing safely behind British lines.
The irony of war, both young pilots were killed before the end of the year 1917.
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