Today in aviation history – 27th March

On 27th March 1918 took place an aerial fight between German fighter triplanes Fokker Dr.I and surveillance aircrafts Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 from No. 2 Squadron Royal Flying Corps. Before RFC airmen were downed, they managed to down 4 fighters. The pilot of the aircraft was forced to emergency landing on no-man’s land. After landing injured pilot officer Alan Arnett McLeod managed to move lieutenant Arthur Hammong to British defensive fighting positions. McLeod was injured again, but both pilots survived. On 4th September Canadian pilot was awarded with Victoria Cross becoming the youngest pilot having been awarded with this award during World War I.