RED BARON SHOT DOWN 95 YEARS AGO TODAY
Vaux-sur-Somme, France (JFK+50) 95 years ago today, April 21, 1918, Manfred von Richthofen*, the most successful fighter pilot of World War I, was shot down by Allied gunners.
Richthofen, better known as The Red Baron, had amassed 80 "kills" at this point in the war.
Manfred von Richthofen
Photo by C.J. von Duhren (1917)
The Red Baron was flying close to the ground when he was shot in the chest by Allied gunners. His aircraft then crashed alongside a French road.
Richthofen was 25 years.
Replica of Red Baron's triplane
Photo by UseriEntity999
Foto von Oliver Thiele (email@example.com)
*Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918) was born in Kleinburg (now Poland) into a prominent Prussian aristocratic family.
He served in the German cavalry in the beginning of the war but then transferred to the Imperial German Air Service in May 1915.
Richthofen was a "brilliant tactician" who by 1918 had become a legend.
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