The Red Baron Biography

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service during World War I. He is considered the top ace of the 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. By 1918, he was regarded as a national hero in Germany, and well-known amongst opposing forces.

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. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
The Red Baron
Full Name:
Manfred von Richthofen
Nationality:
Germany
Profession:
Fighter pilot, Flying ace
Date of Birth:
May 2, 1892
Astrological Sign:
Taurus
Date of Death:
April 21, 1918
Age at Death:
25
Cause of Death:
Gunshot
The Red Baron Timeline
  • 1916-09-17
    World War I: Manfred von Richthofen [The Red Baron], a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkr├Ąfte, 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, known as "The Red Baron", is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France. Canadian pilot Captain Arthur Roy Brown was credited with the kill.
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