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Trust me to fly the triplanes todayToday the 21 Ap
Today the 21 April, is the 101st anniversary of the death of German flying ace Rittmeister (Cavalry Captain) Manfred von Richthofen (later to become known as the “Red Baron”).
He was 25 and was credited with shooting down victims 79 and 80 on the 20th of April, 1918.
Richthofen received a fatal wound just after 11:00 am on 21 April 1918, while flying over Morlancourt Ridge, near the Somme River.
It is likely that a Lewis machine gunner with the 53rd Battery, 14th Field Artillery Brigade, Royal Australian Artillery killed von Richthofen.
(Colours by Olga/’Klimbim’, Benjamin Thomas and Royston Leonard