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Manfred von Richtofen
Manfred von Richthofen...........AKA "The Red Barron"
Ten twenty thirty forty fifty or more...
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin' up a score. Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree, of the Bloody Red Baron of Ger-man-y.
Yea yea we all know it's Der Baron, so now who's gonna I.D. the rest of the circus members?
Flyers of stringless kites.
Who are the men around the Baron? All Jasta11 men, but....?
Captain Manfred von Richtofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918) with the officers of the Jagdstaffel 11. From left to fight - unknown, unknown, Kurt Wolff, Ernst Udet, Werner Voss, unknown, Friedrich Noltenius, Karl Emil Schafer, unknown, Karl Allmenroder.
Before they had earned their Pour le Merites. About 1916? They look so young. See pictures of these guys in 1918, if they lived that long.
I read in the book "Iron Men With Wooden Wings" by Lou Cameron that Voss was Jewish and ironically had the rune of Thor's hammer painted on his plane. the Nazi party would adopt that same rune as its symbol.
Hermann Goring is missing from the photo. He didn't join the squadron until after Richthofen's death. He ultimately assumed command of the Flying Circus and was the most successful German ace (22 victories) to actually survive the war.
Boy, you guys are good. I thought it was Lord Flashheart and his squadron of twenty-minuters.
Seated man? Why are you assuming gender? lol.
Some of the comments have aroused my inner curmudgeonly nit-picker. First off, Werner Voss and Ernst Udet wouldn't be in the same photo. Voss was killed in action (famously, in an epic battle) in September 1917, and Udet didn't join the Richthofen group until March 1918 according to his own account. Hermann Goering wasn't the top surviving ace: Udet was, with 62 credited victories. Several other aces made it to the end with higher tallies than Goering: Bruno Loerzer, the Ritter van Schleich, Theo Osterkamp, and maybe others. Come on. guys.