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Richthofen wears the Pour le Merite, the Blue Max, Prussia's highest military order in this official portrait,c.1917

THE RED BARON

Manfred von Richthofen

by Chris Collingwood

The Richthofen Family Crest

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. Having been officially credited with 80 victories in air combat, he is considered to have been the top Ace of that war.

Richthofen transferred from the calvary to the Air Service in 1915, he became one of the first members of Jasta 2 in 1916. He distinguished himself quickly as a fighter pilot, and during 1917 became leader of Jasta 11 and then a larger unit Jagdgeschwader 1 known popularly as the "Flying Circus". By 1918 he was regarded as a national hero in Germany, and was well known to his enemy to.

The Red Baron was eventually shot down and killed near Amiens on 21 April 1918. A considerable discussion and debate has taken place over the years concerning aspects of his career, and especially the circumstances of his death. He remains one of the most widely known fighter pilots of all time, having been the subject of many books, films and other media.

Chris Collingwood a stunningly gifted portrait and battle artist has using his skills with the medium of oil paint and brush captured this enduring character as he returns from another successful sortie over the trenches of the battlefields of the First World War.

160 Signed Limited Edition   :   £150

25 Remarque Edition           :   £265

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