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The Red Baron

World War I Fighter Ace The Red Baron

Full Name: Manfred von Richthofen
Profession: World War I Fighter Ace


Biography: German World War I fighter ace, credited with 80 air combat kills.

Richthofen is considered the top fighter ace of the war. He was widely respected by his enemies and regarded as a national hero in Germany by 1918.

History has recorded "The Red Baron" as one of the top fighter pilots of all time and thus he has become the subject of various books, songs and films.

Born: May 2, 1892
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland, German Empire

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: April 21, 1918 (aged 25)
Cause of Death: Killed in action when his plane was shot down

Historical Events

  • 1916-09-17 WWI flying ace The Red Baron of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France
  • 1918-04-20 Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the following day
  • 1918-04-21 World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen "The Red Baron", shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown credited with the kill

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