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    The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen) died 100 years ago today

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    Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also known as the "Red Baron", was a fighter pilot with the German Air Force during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories.

    Originally a cavalryman, Richthofen transferred to the Air Service in 1915, becoming one of the first members of fighter squadron Jagdstaffel 2 in 1916. He quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, and during 1917 became leader of Jasta 11 and then the larger fighter wing unit Jagdgeschwader 1, better known as "The Flying Circus" or "Richthofen's Circus" because of the bright colours of its aircraft, and perhaps also because of the way the unit was transferred from one area of allied air activity to another - moving like a travelling circus, and frequently setting up in tents on improvised airfields. By 1918, Richthofen was regarded as a national hero in Germany, and respected by his enemies.

    Richthofen was shot down and killed near Vaux-sur-Somme on 21 April 1918. There has been considerable discussion and debate regarding aspects of his career, especially the circumstances of his death. He remains one of the most widely known fighter pilots of all time, and has been the subject of many books, films and other media.
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    From a British comic:

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    There was a 1960s song as well by an American band:

    Spoiler!

    After the turn of the century
    In the clear blue skies over Germany
    Came a roar and a thunder men had never heard
    Like the screamin' sound of a big war bird

    Up in the sky, a man in a plane
    Baron von Richthofen was his name
    Eighty men tried, and eighty men died
    Now they're buried together on the countryside

    Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
    The Bloody Red Baron was rollin' up the score
    Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree
    Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany

    In the nick of time, a hero arose
    A funny-looking dog with a big black nose
    He flew into the sky to seek revenge
    But the Baron shot him down - "Curses, foiled again!"

    Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
    The Bloody Red Baron was rollin' up the score
    Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree
    Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany

    Now, Snoopy had sworn that he'd get that man
    So he asked the Great Pumpkin for a new battle plan
    He challenged the German to a real dogfight
    While the Baron was laughing, he got him in his sight

    That Bloody Red Baron was in a fix
    He'd tried everything, but he'd run out of tricks
    Snoopy fired once, and he fired twice
    And that Bloody Red Baron went spinning out of sight

    Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
    The Bloody Red Baron was rollin' up the score
    Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree
    Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany

    Well, ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
    The Bloody Red Baron was rollin' up the score
    Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree
    Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany

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