Manfred von Richtofen

Ethan Medlin

Early Life

Richtofen was born on May 2, 1892 in Breslau Germany. He was one of four childern. His father was a former cavalry officer for the Prussian army. When he was eleven he entered a military academy where he did well in physical activites. At the age of nineteen he entered the Prussian army.

Military Career

In 1916 he joined the Royal Prussian Fighter Squadron. His kills would go up by one every week it seemed. In 1917 he became commander of his own fighter squadron. He painted his aircraft red in order for ground greman troops could see him, because of this he was nicknamed "The Red Baron."