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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2020 11:51 a.m. PST

"Manfred von Richthofen (1892- 1918) went down in history under the nickname of the "Red Baron". The leading ace of German aviation, Richthofen was the most celebrated aviator of the First World War: in less than two years he had 80 confirmed kills, and it was during an air duel where he eventually met his demise: in April 1918, he was struck in a hail of bullets and died soon afterwards.

Nicknamed by his comrades, but especially by his opponents, the "Red Devil", the "Red Baron", "Little Red" or the "Red Knight", Manfred von Richthofen still remains an aviation legend. When the First World War ended, he scored the most victories in air battles: he had shot down 80 enemy planes (some even say 81). French captain René Fonck came in a close second with 75 planes shot down. However, the two never met in battle…"







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Rev Zoom11 Jul 2020 8:15 a.m. PST

Actually, it was one bullet, most likely fired by an Australian machine gunner which did the Baron in. He still managed to shut his engine off and landed – albeit losing his landing gear on a small hillock – intact in a beet field.

Pyrate Captain15 Feb 2022 9:28 p.m. PST

It's always just one bullet that does one in. No matter who fired it. For Lanoe Hawker, it was allegedly the last bullet fired by von Richtofen's guns before they jammed. Legends.

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