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"von Richthofens Blue Max" Topic

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Phil Hall28 Jul 2018 3:47 p.m. PST

What happened to it and his other awards?

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2018 5:09 p.m. PST

I thought he was wearing them & they were souvenired by the Australian troops who shot him down.

The Diggers were in the habit of picking up souvenirs:

YouTube link

Onomarchos Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2018 6:02 p.m. PST

I don't think that is correct. The pictures I have seen of Richthofen getting ready to fly don't show him with the medal around his neck. Take a look at the photos at this link: link

Also, apparently his mother had his medals after the war. See this link:

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2018 11:04 p.m. PST

Glad to be corrected, Onomarchos.

One of his flying gloves is in the Canberra War museum. They certainly got that.

Camcleod29 Jul 2018 5:59 p.m. PST

A discussion about his PLM on the Aerodrome Forum.
It seems to have disappeared when the collection at Schweidnitz was moved late in WW2.


kiwimole Inactive Member29 Jul 2018 11:34 p.m. PST

I haven't been to the museum for a while now but the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Omaka, Blenheim, New Zealand has a display of some of Richthofen's gear/awards etc. Apparently some of it may have come directly from his family. The museum was built by Sir Peter Jackson and has some of his WW1 aircraft displayed (very well) in full scale dioramas. There are also a number of other WW1 pilots/aces reperesented. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP02 Aug 2018 3:38 a.m. PST

IIRC his family had a lot of his memorabilia, trophies, etc at their house. It was overrun by the Russians and everything disappeared.


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