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September 17 1916 The Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen shoots down his first plane


On September 17th 1916, the German air ace Manfred von Richthofen, known to history as the “Red Baron,”shot down his first enemy plane over the Western Front during World War I. Richthofen, the son of a Prussian nobleman, switched from the German army to the Imperial Air Service in 1915. He became the star pupil … Continue reading

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