The Red Baron

Sid Reynolds

Overview

Manfred von Richthofen is probably best known for his flight skills as an ace fighter pilot.

He was born May 2nd 1892

He died at age 26 On April 21st 1918

Family

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr Von Richthofen had 3 siblings.

2 Brothers and a sister, their names being: Lothar Von Richthofen, Bolko Von Richthofen, and Von Richthofen

He is the son of Albrecht Philip Karl Julius Freiherr Von Richthofen and Kunigunde Hildegard Marie Luise Elisabeth Freiherr Von Richthofen

Early Life

Manfred was enrolled into a military school at the age of 11. From there on he wished to possess the same career as his father since his fathers was cut short due to 'deafness'. At the age of roughly 17 Manfred attended The Berlin Academy in Lichterfelde. Where he was determined to become a Calvary Officer.

Later on in Life

After some time at The Berlin Academy Baron eventually was commissioned an officer on the Easter front. He then became lieutenant, still with no flight experience. He continued with his horse jumping and riding. He wrote a letter to his general requesting he be moved to the air service.


With his request granted he then began training as an observer. Granted he was scared he would never get his chance in the sky when the war was taking place. Normal Pilots trained for at LEAST three months, However being an observer Richthofen was prepared within four weeks. When he was sent to Grossenhain to observe he was the first in his class to be assigned. He then transferred to the Front Unit in Belgium as a bomb-ardor.

Love at first sight

Baron fell in love with the sky the second he began to fly. He also loved watching the bombs he laid hit right on enemy target. Unfortunately due to his semi-twisted mind, he received his first war wound by losing the tip of his finger in a propeller while trying to signal a fellow pilot. He even went to air-to-air combat against enemy planes.


New planes had been made with machiene guns to fire without damaging the plane itself. After being an observer with his partner Oberleutnant George Zemer, Baron found himself on his first SOLO flight 24 hours later buuuutt ended up crashing the plane trying to land

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In the End

Manfred eventually Got his pilots license and went into war shooting down many planes but he got shot right through the torso, killing him instantly. his funeral was on April 22nd. He was remembered as a great pilot during WWI. And therefore should be remembered with honor.
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Citations

"Ace for the Ages: World War I Fighter Pilot Manfred Von Richthofen." History Net Where History Comes Alive World US History Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2016. - http://www.historynet.com/red-baron-world-war-i-ace-fighter-pilot-manfred-von-richthofen.htm


"Manfred, Baron Von Richthofen." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 15 Feb. 2016. - http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-i/manfred-baron-von-richthofen


N.p., n.d. Web. - http://www.geni.com/people/Manfred-the-Red-Baron-von-Richthofen/6000000002141629184


"Seeing Red — 13 Remarkable Facts about Manfred Von Richthofen, Germany’s Most Famous Ace." Militaryhistorynowcom. N.p., 15 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 Feb. 2016. - http://militaryhistorynow.com/2014/01/15/get-your-baron-on-14-amazing-facts-about-germanys-most-famous-flying-ace/