Manfred von Richthofen

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Manfred von Richthofen

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 - 21 April 1918). Richthofen was born in Breslau, Germany. His nickname was the "Red Baron", a fighter aircraft pilot in World War I. He was a "flying ace", who shot down 80 enemy airplanes. He was the pilot with the most kills in World War I.

Richthoven began the war in August 1914 as a cavalry officer. In May 1915 he joined the air service and became an observer because the training course was shorter and would get him to fighting faster. In October he entered training as a pilot. In March 1916 he entered combat and had his first victory in April. In 1917 he was in command of a squadron nicknamed the "flying circus". He painted his airplane red so his fellow Germans could see him. Richthofen’s sixteenth victory flying a plane made him the best pilot in Germany in 1917. The war in the air became Richthofen's "bloodsport". He was shot down and killed fighting in France on April 21, 1918 when he was only twenty-five years old. Arthur Roy Brown was credited with the kill, and was awarded the military cross. The enemy buried Richthofen's body with full military honors.