The tale of Baron Manfred von Richthofen is epic and Google will provide every detail for the curious.
What most dont realise is that von Richthofen wasn't a fighterpilot during the entire war: He joined airservice relatively late, in mid-May 1915.
And though the bright red Fokker Dr 1 have become the epithome of 'The Red Baron' did He fly several other aircraft during His career - starting with humble reconnaissance and bombers.
After joining the 'JASTAs' [short for 'Hunt Sqad'] in March 1916 rised His count of downshooting steadily to 11 through the first year. However, during what the opponents in resignation called bloody april in 1917 skyrocketed von Richthofens reputation: Rising his number of kills to 32.
Following Bloody April changed the german forces the size of the formations to the 20-aircraft "Jagd-geswader" and Von Richthofen had got as much attention as he was assigned to lead the first of this. Under his leadership was the fighterplanes allowed to be decorated individual - And the reknown Flying Circus was born!
In between the gaudy aircrafts sticks von Richthofens bright red colored Fokker Dr 1 in mind. However as the Triplane only was introduced as late as in September 1917 and it possible first came into von Richthofens hands after some structural issues was corrected during October it was actual the fighter He piloted the least as it took less than seven months with the Dr.1 until His death at April 21th 1918.
However: The colouring of his Fokker Dreidecker got Him nicknamed 'The Red Baron' forever to be and one must admire the short timespan in wich the legend was created
Edited by Armand, 24 March 2017 - 09:23 PM.