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In this painting Manfred von Richthofen, otherwise known as The Red Baron, tackles an SE5A of the RFC in his Fokker DR1 Triplane.Manfred von Richthofen was born on the 2nd of May 1892 and died 21st of April 1918, he is considered the ace-of-aces of World War l, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories, more than any other pilot.To commemorate his first official kill which
The Red Baron - Fokker DR1 Triplane
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took place in September 17, 1916, he had a silver cup engraved with the date of the kill and the type of plane he shot down. This became a tradition that he would continue throughout his career, collecting 60 of them until silver became short in supply. In addition to having these cups made, he often took parts from the wreckage of planes that he shot down to hang up in his trophy room (pictured upper left).