On this day in 1918, a young fighter pilot got a case of target fixation, swooping low over the enemy trenches to bag a kill that was making a break for it. Totally focussed on his prey, he was oblivious to the tracers arcing up from below and the Sopwith Camel on his tail.
He paid for his mistake with his life. His foes buried him with full military honors.
In less than two weeks, Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen would have celebrated his 26th birthday.