Manfred von Richthofen

1892 - 1918

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Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (German: [ˈmanfreːt fɔn ˈʁɪçthoːfn̩]; 2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), known in English as Baron von Richthofen, 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 the leader of Jasta 11. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Manfred von Richthofen has received more than 5,753,909 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 56 in 2019). Manfred von Richthofen is the 42nd most popular military personnel (up from 59th in 2019), the 17th most popular biography from Poland (up from 27th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Polish Military Personnel.

Manfred von Richthofen was a German fighter pilot who is most famous for shooting down over 80 enemy aircraft during World War I.

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Among military personnels, Manfred von Richthofen ranks 42 out of 1,466Before him are Guan Yu, Isoroku Yamamoto, Baron Munchausen, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, and Arminius. After him are Ernst Röhm, Alfred Jodl, Gerd von Rundstedt, Vasily Zaitsev, Germanicus, and Belisarius.

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Among people born in 1892, Manfred von Richthofen ranks 7Before him are J. R. R. Tolkien, Josip Broz Tito, Francisco Franco, Haile Selassie, Louis de Broglie, and Walter Benjamin. After him are Ivo Andrić, Pearl S. Buck, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Oliver Hardy, and Alexander Alekhine. Among people deceased in 1918, Manfred von Richthofen ranks 10Before him are Abdul Hamid II, Gavrilo Princip, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Egon Schiele, Mehmed V, and Guillaume Apollinaire. After him are Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, Georg Cantor, Georg Simmel, Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, Karl Ferdinand Braun, and Otto Wagner.

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Among people born in Poland, Manfred von Richthofen ranks 17 out of 1,231Before him are Heinz Guderian (1888), Lech Wałęsa (1943), Günter Grass (1927), Irena Sendler (1910), Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686), and Johann Gottfried Herder (1744). After him are Janusz Korczak (1878), Fritz Haber (1868), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902), Wernher von Braun (1912), Erich Ludendorff (1865), and Stanisław Lem (1921).


Among military personnels born in Poland, Manfred von Richthofen ranks 2Before him are Heinz Guderian (1888). After him are Erich Ludendorff (1865), Fedor von Bock (1880), Günther von Kluge (1882), Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), Werner von Blomberg (1878), Erich von Falkenhayn (1861), Erwin von Witzleben (1881), Anton Denikin (1872), and Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899).