Originally posted by Nieuport29
I strongly believe (and statistics will back me up) that it is nearly impossible for a ground gunner to have made a successful shot. Leading a target that happens to be bobbing and weaving is hard enough without having to contend with 100mph speeds, low grade ammunition and attempting to guage the distance.
There were a few cases where ground gunners did succeed but they are very rare and likely did not involve large deflection angles.
You're forgetting that us Aussies are taught to shoot Kangaroos from an early age-once you've mastered dropping a boomer on the hop with a single well placed shot from a .22, dropping something as big, slow, and bright, as the Red Baron's plane, with hundreds of shots would be a piece of cake. In fact the guy who got him was probably blindfolded or shooting backwards with a mirror.
Seriously though, there was a post here about a month ago about the Red Baron-and the bullet wounds that killed him.