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World History Extra credit OLD NEWS September 1993 The Red Baron World War 1s leading fighter pilot for Germany was Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen During his two years of fighting for Germany he shot down eighty enemy planes Richthofen painted his plane bright red so everyone that saw him coming would be in fear of THE RED KNIGHT or better known as the RED BARON Most of the planes the Richthofen shot down were British Most of the people that Richthofen defeated burned to death after the bullets form his machine gun hit the gas tanks as for the pilots who were able to eject before the plane went down or exploded Richthofen would fly by giving them a friendly wave or land to shake hands IN 1918 Richthofen was 25 and the commander of Pursuit Squadron 1 of the German Air Force The squadron that Richthofen was in charge of was nick named the Flying Circus His squadron flew Fokkers The squadron painted their planes in gaudy colors but no one was aloud to copy the all red design of the red barons plane On the morning of April 21 1918 Richthofen led two-dozen warplanes over the Somme river Valley of France Richthofen was eager and hoping to gain air control so they could launch an offensive attack on the British forces below As thy were chasing a few Australian photo reconnaissance planes they encountered some ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTERS They commenced the air battle which was quite a show for the men down in the ditches Richthofen chose his one victim which was LT Lieutenant Wilfred May from Canada Wilfred was a novice fighter pilot He did not notice that he had Richthofen on his tail until he saw tracer bullets begin to arc past the stays on the wings Wilfred looked behind him to see the big red plane chasing behind him with the machine guns spitting fire Wilfred
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