Manfred von Richthofen

1892 - 1918

Manfred von Richthofen

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), known in English as Baron von Richthofen, and most famously as the "Red Baron", was a fighter pilot with the German Air Force during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of the 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 fighter squadron Jagdstaffel 2 in 1916. He quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, and during 1917 became leader of Jasta 11 and then the larger fighter wing unit Jagdgeschwader 1, better known as "The Flying Circus" or "Richthofen's Circus" because of the bright colours of its aircraft, and perhaps also because of the way the unit was transferred from one area of allied air activity to another – moving like a travelling circus, and frequently setting up in tents on improvised airfields. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Manfred von Richthofen has received more than 4,182,643 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 59th most popular military personnel.

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Among MILITARY PERSONNELS, Manfred von Richthofen ranks 59 out of 1,194Before him are Fedor von Bock, Erich Raeder, Miltiades, Alfred Dreyfus, Lü Bu, and Walter Model. After him are Bernard Montgomery, Hamilcar Barca, Michel Ney, Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan, and Ferdinand Foch.

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Among people born in 1892, Manfred von Richthofen ranks 8Before him are Josip Broz Tito, Francisco Franco, Ivo Andrić, Walter Benjamin, Haile Selassie, and Louis de Broglie. After him are Pearl S. Buck, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, J. Paul Getty, Alexander Alekhine, and Oliver Hardy. Among people deceased in 1918, Manfred von Richthofen ranks 14Before him are Mehmed V, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Georg Cantor, Guillaume Apollinaire, Georg Simmel, and Karl Ferdinand Braun. After him are Otto Wagner, Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, Alexandra Feodorovna, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, and Roland Garros.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Manfred von Richthofen ranks 27 out of 930Before him are Zygmunt Bauman (1925), Fedor von Bock (1880), Stanisław Lem (1921), Władysław Szpilman (1911), Irena Sendler (1910), and Adam Mickiewicz (1798). After him are Max Born (1882), Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Günther von Kluge (1882), Eric of Pomerania (1381), Wisława Szymborska (1923), and Otto Stern (1888).