Rumpler C.IV C.7610/17 wood cover to metal ammunition box
This wood panel is the access cover to the ammunition box for the fixed forward-firing machine gun on a Rumpler C.IV located just in front of the pilot's right foot. A note came attached to the panel which read “Panel from German Rumpler C.IV plane shot down near St. Benoit Woevre, France by Battery B, 2nd aircraft battalion, C.A.C., 18 October 1918. George H. Brush, 1st Lt.CAC.” The CAC was the U.S. Coastal Artillery Corps and one of their jobs was anti-aircraft. In a book about the life of this particular battery, the action on that morning is told with great fervor on Pages 177 to 179 of Battery B Thru The Fires of France- (click to read). A copy of the captured Rumpler crew's interrogation report is available here, Interrogation of a Pilot Belonging to the 203rd Reconnaissance Flight and his Passenger, an Artillery Officer The Rumpler - the actual one from this story - is shown below at Toul where it had a brief life as a squadron 'hack' for the 135th Aero Squadron after it was repaired.