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born Manfred Albrecht VON RICHTHOFEN

German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I

Source :  David NEYROUD

Born: on May 02, 1892 in Breslau, Germany
Died: on April 21, 1918 in Morlancourt Ridge, Vaux-sur-Somme, France


Von Richthofen was born in Kleinburg, near Breslau, Lower Silesia (now part of the city of Wroclaw, Poland), into a prominent Prussian aristocratic family. His father was Major Albrecht Phillip Karl Julius Freiherr von Richthofen and his mother was Kunigunde von Schickfuss und Neudorff. He had an elder sister (Ilse) and two younger brothers.

When he was four years old, Manfred moved with his family to nearby Schweidnitz (now Swidnica). He enjoyed riding horses and hunting as well as gymnastics at school. He excelled at parallel bars and won a number of awards at school. He and his brothers, Lothar and Bolko,[b] hunted wild boar, elk, birds, and deer.

After being educated at home he attended a school at Schweidnitz, before beginning military training when he was 11. After completing cadet training in 1911, he joined an Uhlan cavalry unit, the Ulanen-Regiment Kaiser Alexander der III. von Russland (1. Westpreußisches) Nr. 1 ("1st Uhlan Regiment 'Emperor Alexander III of Russia (1st West Prussia Regiment)' "), and was assigned to the regiment's 3. Eskadron ("Number 3 Squadron").

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