View Full Version : Funeral of the Red Baron - by the British!

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, 03:22 AM

Manfred von Richthofen ........... the "Red Baron" ~ the greatest flying ace of World War I

This kind of footage reveals the feelings often common amongst adversaries of that time. The British gave Manfred von Richthofen a splendid ceremonial tribute!
*ok, perhaps it was the Australians ~ conducted by the personnel of the No. 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps*.

Allied squadrons stationed nearby presented memorial wreaths, one of which was inscribed with the words, "To Our Gallant and Worthy Foe

This was in an age when a pilot may see that his enemy's guns were jammed, he may signal the end of the fight and fly off.

I do not feel we are in such an age any longer.

Perhaps the "victorious" politicians at the end of WWI were the cause of my own cause to feel this way!

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019, 05:26 PM

However, chivalry was not quite dead by WW2 and here is a thread I dedicated to this some years ago ...

https://forums.skadi.net/threads/146981-Chivalry-in-the-Battle-Of-Britain?highlight=chivalry+battle+of+bri tain

I'll just quote this part of the OP:

The fighting was hard and yet there was surprisingly little bitterness between the two sides. Erich Rudorffer of the 'Green Hearts' Geschwader JG54, (who ended the war as one of the top German aces with 222 victories) remembers the Battle Of Britain as a time when no-one fired upon men descending by parachute. He added:

"Once - I think it was on August 30th, 1940 - I was in a fight with four Hurricanes over Dover. I was back over the Channel when I saw another Hurricane coming from Calais, trailing white smoke and obviously in a bad way. I flew up alongside him and escorted him all the way to England and then waved goodbye. A few weeks later the same thing happened to me. That would never have happened in Russia - never!"