von Richtofen Day

hev43nen_originalWell, we missed this one yesterday, but GreatSatan’sGirlfriend reminded us.

Gott Mit Uns!
100 years ago today, Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen was awarded Imperial Deutschland’s highest military award – Pour le Mérite – often informally referred to as the “Blue Max.”  Pour le Mérite was awarded strictly as a recognition of extraordinary personal achievement, von Richthofen earned his for shooting down 16 confirmed French and British fighters and observation planes (not counting two unconfirmed kills).
With Red Baron as his nom de guerre, von Richthofen in his all red fighter wrecked havoc on Allied Air Forces for the next 15 months, shooting down 80 aircraft in very close combat.

For comparison, the highest-scoring Allied ace, the Frenchman René Fonck, achieved 75 confirmed victories. The highest-scoring British Imperial fighter pilots were Canadian Billy Bishop, who was officially credited with 72 victories, Mick Mannock, with 61 confirmed victories, Canadian Raymond Collishaw, with 60, and James McCudden, with 57 confirmed victories.

via GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: von Richthofen Day Fair amount more at the link, and well, you know.

 

But who killed him, really? Well, that argument has gone on for a solid 100 years now. This sheds some light on it.

Is there any real importance in the event, or in who shot him down? Probably not. But it is well for us to remember that once upon a time, our enemies were honorable men, who lived and died by the same code as did ours. Knights of the Air seems simplistic, in a way, but like knights, they were warriors who did their duty for their cause. That will have to do.

Freiherr von Richthofen was above all an able tactician and leader of men, as well as a superb marksman, and his heritage is still celebrated. Last I knew there is still Jägdgeswader Richtofen in the German Air Force. That too is as it should be.

 

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13 Responses to von Richtofen Day

  1. A good ole Aussie got Richtofen, with a Vickers gun from the ground! Good riddance as my Irish grandfathers used to say about any WW 1 German! Both WW 1 Vet’s! And there really is NO glory in war, but the guts & glory of those lost!

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    • NEO says:

      I’m still rooting for the Canuck pilot on his tail, myself. But you’re likely right.

      Nope, none, but lots of valor.

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      • Yes, pilots and “glory” – my Father was one! 🙂 But, the evidence seems to show the one bullet that got old Ric came from the ground and the Vickers gun? Of course I am closer to the “infantry” and “grunts” myself! 😉

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        • Though as you know I love to fly also! But, I am no fighter-pilot for sure!

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        • NEO says:

          Me either.

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        • NEO says:

          I know. I just don’t like it much! 😉

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  2. the unit says:

    I had a von Richtofen’s last day myself today. Low winter bright sun in the eyes and I piloted my old Blazer over a power pole guy wire. Caught in wheel well between tire and fender. I wasn’t along the roadway. Passage way serves as my drive and power company easement. Couldn’t go forward as wire against tire, only back up in 4WD. Sprung my fender out real good, but missed catching bumper. Whew! Won’t ask for insurance to cover damage, as one look at old Blazer and one might surmise it was a pre-existing condition. Doesn’t matter, just banged fender back with sledgehammer. It ain’t street legal anymore noways.
    I guess they’ll need to add me to Chapter 4: Transmission Line Vulnerabilities on Google. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      I’ve done it too. Only I was driving a power company pick up at the time. So I cut the guy and spliced it. Yeah, I cheat! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah ole Navy buddy (God rest his soul) told me once that any problem you got, someone else has had it before. That maybe nowadays I could probably find a solution on the web. Sure enough I’ve learned how to fix the door on my microwave from someone with that exact problem on the exact same microwave. Also inside door lever on my Silverado on Youtube. And lots of other things.
        Never thought to check this latest one though. Cheat huh? 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Well, I got a lot less grief over the wasted splice and a half-hour than I would have if I’d messed up a six month old service body. Takes some pretty good tools to do it my way though, close to a 1000 bucks worth these days. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I’ve since supper thought about it though. Could’ve jacked up front with farm jack then shoved Blazer off jack away from wire. Then though all I could think about was git it off! 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, that’d likely work, kinda dangerous though – hate those jacks, they’ve tried to kill me a bit too often. But then sometimes they work when nothing else will. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I don’t have to worry about the looks of body on this vehicle. As I drive along I can look down through the floorboard and watch the ground go by. Wouldn’t be good on your company truck, you’re right. 🙂

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