April 1918 at the jagdstaffel 11 airfield in Cappy. Baron Manfred von Richthofen briefs the pilots of his 'Flying Circus', prior to their first mission of the day.
This piece is triple matted and framed to include the extremely rare original signature of Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the 'Red Baron', one of the most significant, and certainly the most well known name in aviation combat history.
Also included in the mount are replicas of Richthofen's most important medals, the Iron Cross 1st. Class and the Blue Max.
All materials and methods used in the matting meet the highest conservation standards. The piece is completed with a top quality Mahogany finish wood frame with gold accented trim and ultraviolet filtering plexiglass, providing maximum protection against fading. Not clearly visible in this photograph, the matting includes a shadow box layer between the first and second mats.
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(Richthofen photograph shown below left is not included with the print)
Overall frame size: 28½" x 41½"
Actual signature matted with this print
When Manfred Richthofen signed this paper in grease pencil almost 100 years ago, he also included his cavalry rank - 'Rittmeister'.
Baron Manfred von Richthofen
Manfred von Richthofen was the most famous fighter ace not only of World War I, but of all time, he was known to the English and later to the world as "The Red Baron."
Richthofen joined the army in 1911 and was a lieutenant in the German cavalry when the war broke out in 1914. He transferred to the air service in 1915 and joined Jagdstaffel 2, a new squadron of fighter pilots, in 1916. Within two months he had already scored a dozen victories in the air, including a win over Britain's leading ace, Major Lanoe Hawker.
At the beginning of 1917 Richthofen was made commander of Jagdstaffel 11, later known as the "Flying Circus" for their brightly coloured aircraft. Richthofen, who had painted his plane red, was known in Germany as "Der Rote Kampfflieger" ("the red fighter pilot") and he became a national hero for his derring-do in the skies. In June of 1917 he was made commander of the first independent fighter wing, Jagdgeshwader I, and was shot down two weeks later, shortly after his fifty-seventh victory.
He recovered from a head wound quickly and returned to duty three weeks later. Richthofen recorded a total of 80 victories before being shot down and killed on 21 April 1918 over the Somme Canal in France.
Canadian pilot Captain Roy Brown was originally credited with shooting down Richthofen, but it now seems almost certain that Australian troops on the ground were responsible for downing Richthofen's aircraft.