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Von Richthofen - The Red Fighter Pilot 


Rare military aviation book about the famous WWI Fighter Pilot ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen,
also known as the 'Red Baron' (Der Rote Baron).

An autobiography book in German with the title Der Rote Kampfflieger with photos including fighter ace
Oswald Boelcke, the burial of Boelcke, the father of Richthofen, Richthofen's planes Albatros D.II,
Albatros D.III, Albatros D.V and Halberstadt D.II and the Fokker Dr.I triplane.


Hardcover

  • 292 pages
  • 22 b/w photos on art paper
  • frontispiece collage of Richthofen and his staff

In good exterior and good interior condition
Mild foxing to endpapers. Endpapers, fly leaf and last two pages ragged at edges from silverfish.

All pages are complete.

Approx/Measurements: 7-3/4" x 5"  ~0.85 lbs.

by Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
Published by German Publishing House, Berlin







Background info: Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also widely known as the Red Baron,
was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I.
He is considered the top ace of that 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 Jasta 2 in 1916.
He quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, and during 1917 became leader of Jasta 11 and then the larger unit
Jagdgeschwader 1 (better known as the "Flying Circus"). By 1918, he was regarded as a national hero in Germany,
and was very well known by the other side.

Richthofen was shot down and killed near Amiens on 21 April 1918. There has been considerable discussion and debate
regarding aspects of his career, especially the circumstances of his death. He remains quite possibly the most widely-known
fighter pilot of all time.


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