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Richthofen
The most successful fighter pilot of World War I
 


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

Published to the 20th anniversary of his death, this book is drawing the line of Richthofens personal life, his career in WW1 and finally about the new air force.


Hardcover

  • 155 pages
  • 14 b/w photos on art paper
  • coat of arms of the family of Richthofen
  • frontispiece of Richthofen with facsimile signature

In very good exterior and near fine interior condition
Extremities lightly rubbed/dusty, otherwise ok. Name inscription on front pastedown.

All pages are complete and tight in the binding.

Approx/Measurements: 8-1/2" x 6"  ~0.8 lbs.

by Rolf Italiaander
Published by House Weichert, 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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