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Manfred Von Richthofen – The Red Baron

Stephen Liddell

April 21st 2018 sees the 100 anniversary of the death of one of the most famous names not just in the history of air-combat but aviation generally. The Red Baron was the name given to Manfred von Richthofen, a German fighter pilot who was the deadliest flying ace of World War I. Along with some of his contemporaries such as Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke, the Red Baron didn’t just pioneer aerial tactics which are still studied today but during WW1 he becaeme what we might call a celebrity.

During a 19-month period between 1916 and 1918, the Prussian aristocrat shot down 80 Allied aircraft including one that had my relation Serjeant Reuel Dunn.   His utterly ruthless and skillful flying style was brought wider fame thanks to his legendary scarlet-coloured airplane.  Richthofen’s legend only grew after he took command of a German fighter wing known as the Flying…

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