Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, 'The Red Baron'

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Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, 'The Red Baron'

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Birthplace: Breslau, Niederschlesien, Deutschland(DKR)
Death: Died in Sailly-le-Sac, France
Cause of death: Died in an aircombat
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Son of Baron Albrecht von Richthofen and Kunigunde Hildegard Marie Luise Elisabeth von Richthofen
Brother of Elisabeth / Ilse von Richthofen; Hedwig von Richthofen, 1924; Lothar-Siegfried Frhr. von Richthofen and Bolko* Karl Frhr. von Richthofen

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About Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, 'The Red Baron'

Better known as "The Red Baron," WWI German ace fighter pilot.

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Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. He is considered the top ace of that war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories.


Originally a cavalryman, Richthofen transferred to the Air Service in 1915, becoming one of the first members of Jasta 2 in 1916. He quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, and during 1917 became leader of Jasta 11 and then the larger unit Jagdgeschwader 1 (better known as the "Flying Circus"). By 1918, he was regarded as a national hero in Germany, and was very well known by the other side.


Richthofen was shot down and killed near Amiens on 21 April 1918. There has been considerable discussion and debate regarding aspects of his career, especially the circumstances of his death. He remains perhaps the most widely known fighter pilot of all time, and has been the subject of many books, films and other media.

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Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, 'The Red Baron''s Timeline

1892
May 2, 1892
Breslau, Niederschlesien, Deutschland(DKR)
1918
April 21, 1918
Age 25
Sailly-le-Sac, France