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#4437264 - 09/05/18 04:13 AM Learned something new today...  
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Was doing some research for some various thing and stumbled into this...
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On one notable occasion, Richard "Dickie" Cooper brought down three Albatros D.III fighters from Ernst Udet's squadron, Jagdstaffel 15, with his Holland & Holland .450 Nitro Express big-game double rifle. Cooper is recorded as saying: "I aimed well ahead of the leader. He came down like a pheasant, as did the one that followed, and I had time to reload and fire again at the third before he passed over - he also crashed."

Two more and he would have made ace!

#4437305 - 09/05/18 12:04 PM Re: Learned something new today... [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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Hemm..I have yet to hit anything from the observer seat. Soooo... this is what I need a Victorian era elephant gun ! burnout Place my order immediately Carson!

Seriously , I can't imagine the recoil of that beast in any slipstream. l've seen that quote several times I wonder if it was ever collaborated. dickie was a comedy actor from the wealthy side of town so I wonder. Remember "Conrad" and his hunting gun in the Wings BBS series


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#4437599 - 09/07/18 01:32 AM Re: Learned something new today... [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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It almost sounds as if he's shooting from the ground! To bring an "aeroplane" down with one shot, you either kill the pilot or disable the engine - either way you're one heckuva shot to get 3 in a row. If a plane "passed over" him, you really have to wonder about the shooting situation. Interesting.


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#4437601 - 09/07/18 02:16 AM Re: Learned something new today... [Re: Rick_Rawlings]  
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In 1914 and early 1915, German snipers were engaging British Army positions with impunity from behind steel plates that were impervious to .303 British ball ammunition. In an attempt to counter this threat, the British War Office purchased 62 large bore sporting rifles from British rifle makers, including 47 .450 caliber rifles, which were issued to Regiments, some British officers also supplied their own.[3]

On one notable occasion, Richard "Dickie" Cooper brought down three Albatros D.III fighters from Ernst Udet's squadron, Jagdstaffel 15, with his Holland & Holland .450 Nitro Express big-game double rifle. Cooper is recorded as saying: "I aimed well ahead of the leader. He came down like a pheasant, as did the one that followed, and I had time to reload and fire again at the third before he passed over - he also crashed."[

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