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Old Apr 21, 2006, 03:26 AM
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88 years ago today...

A lot of Allied airmen breathed a sigh of relief on this day in 1918... but cheers to 'Der Rote Kampfflieger' anyway (he'd have been 114 next month!)

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 06:09 AM
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I wondered who else would remember the date

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 08:00 AM
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Certainly me, because it's my birthday - I am wondering whether I should take the Fokker Dr.1 to the flying fied today (but mine is a black one).
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 09:51 AM
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May 2, 1892 I beleive was his birthdate........cone a very extinsive history report on him and had my Guillows Dr1 to show with it.


But back to the point......

I shall Toast a shot of Parrot Bay to him and read "The day the Red Baron Died" and maybe watch "The Red Baron" documentary I have..............


I bought last night on ebay for only 4 bucks " Red Knight of Germany". Should be a good read




I salute you M.v.R.... Please be at rest!!!!!!




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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:23 AM
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Hey edi
happy birthday !!

Ciao,
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:14 AM
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Edi beware of the Se5a's and ground fire!!!!!! >


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Old Apr 21, 2006, 12:42 PM
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Edi

I will fly as your wingman in my Pfalz DIIIa -- Happy Birthday

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 12:49 PM
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Edi beware of the Se5a's and ground fire!!!!!! >


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Did they ever resolve if it was a plane or ground fire that got him?

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 01:18 PM
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Did they ever resolve if it was a plane or ground fire that got him?

Tom

I think that the modern view is ........ground fire from some Australian 'grunts'.......

I salute the man!......he was a master, and brave for sure.
He and his bother Lother remind me of the Schumacher boys of F1.........
dunno why, but they do!
Good luck Michael on Sunday @ the San Marino GP.


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Old Apr 21, 2006, 01:25 PM
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Salute !!!
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 03:15 PM
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back in the 70's i had my first paperback book to start on summer vacation, it was the "Richthofen, the red baron", by emile shurmacher--at the time it was 75 cents..

later i found a perfect copy of that book again --then another book and another tape, then a triplane on the collection etc..

i have always felt that he should have retired while he was ahead, because he was suffering from wounds, fatigue, and the pressure of keeping up with his own reputation.

its hard to beleive that a bloated sack like goering could have been his sucessor.
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i have always felt that he should have retired while he was ahead, because he was suffering from wounds, fatigue, and the pressure of keeping up with his own reputation.
I agree. I think the 'fatigue' aspect in particular contributed greatly to his death - all credit to him that he refused to take long leave from the front (though he was probably worried about other pilots such as Udet overtaking his score if he was out of action for any great length of time).

Richthofen taught his pupils to break off any engagement which could not be settled quickly - as Boelcke had previously taught him - yet he pursued May well into Allied lines, at low level and opened himself up to danger...and the rest is history.

A pity no-one has ever made a film giving a true account of his life; the few I've seen were very poor - I recall one film even had a tall actor playing him (at least in The Blue Max they got his height about right!)

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 03:45 PM
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Ian,

There are some similarities between Ralf & Michael and Lothar & Manfred, their heights for starters and looks are not dissimilar in certain angles, perhaps they are reincarnations

Michael was the fastest man on the track today - Forza Ferrari

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