On this day: The Red Baron downed

Baron Manfred von Richthofen German flying ace started his army career as a cavalry reconnaissance at the beginning of World War One but he found his mission boring and changed his ”profession” He entered training as a pilot in October 1915. Ironically, his first flight was a disaster as he crashed his plane. But soon Richthofen, nicknamed Red Baron, gained control over the skies and became the “king of dogfights” with shooting down 80 enemy aircraft. However, on April 21, 1918, while flying low and deep into enemy territory and chasing an aircraft of the Canadian Royal Air Force Richthofen was shot by an Australian rifleman. Although the Red Baron landed successfully, he died in consequence of his wound.

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