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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dead guys in Fokkers

Ninety-five years ago today Baron Manfred von Richthofen, AKA the Red Baron, made his final flight. With eighty kills* to his credit, Richthofen was the highest scoring ace of WWI. On this date back in 1918 the Baron broke some of his own arial combat rules and followed a Sopwith camel back over enemy lines and paid for the mistake with his life.

Who killed the Red Baron is up for debate, was it a Canadian pilot or an Australian soldier shooting from the ground? According to the Discovery Channel it was the latter, a machine-gunner named Snowy Evans.

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* Not all of those pilots that the Richthofen shot down died.

The Baron

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