On 31st August 1915, Pégoud was targetting a German reconnaissance plane when he was attacked and killed by one of his former pupils, Unteroffizier Walter Kandulski, flying a Fokker monoplane.
His last fight sounded like it was worthy to be a Spandau and Lewis scenario, so I set it up. A German two-seater is off on a mission. I used the stats for the Aviatik C1, with an experienced crew.
Pégoud appears, closing in steadily on the German plane. Pégoud was flying a Nieuport 10.
A cloud provided some last-minute cover.
Pégoud swoops into the attack.
The damaged Aviatik tried to turn and bring its guns to bear, but Pégoud slipped onto its tail, and a second burst downed the German.
However Kandulski's Fokker Eindecker was in the area.
The German initially had the jump on the Frenchman, putting a few bullets through his fuselage.
The blue markers show an aircraft that has lost power due to a tight turn. The German managed to get another shot at Pégoud, damaging his plane.
Pégoud soon regained the upper hand, though. This long-range shot had no effect, but the German was now in trouble.
Another shot badly damaged the Fokker ...
... and a third saw it fall apart in the sky.
So this game saw a reversal of history, with Pégoud gaining two more kills. His plane was, in fact, badly damaged, but luck was with him, and his superiority as a pilot, plus his more agile plane gave him the win. Had the Aviatik survived the first attack, Pégoud would have been harder pressed.