Manfred von Richthofen:  02/05/1892 - 21/04/1918 (26 years)

Manfred von Richthofen was an aristrocat and his title was really Freiherr von Richthofen, but there was no translation as such in the english language and he was called: Baron, which is very similar. Hunting was one of his pations, once he was a good pilot, his hunting instincts took over when he was in his plane.

He painted his plain red so his enemies could see him from the distance and be afraid of him because he was an ace when he started to fly in the Albatros and then the Fokker Dreidecker DR1 which was so agile in the air that he called hit 'machine guns on wings'. But also his fellow pilots could identify him easily in his red plane.


Video: 'The Incredible Manfred von Richtofen'

Manfred (right) with his brother Lothar von Richthofen who also flew the Dreidecker