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Richthofen, von
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, 2 May 1895 - 21 April 1918

Arms: Parted per pale; dexter parted per fess Argent a wing expanded contourné Gules, and Gules standing on a mount formal in base Vert a crane in her vigilance contourné Argent; sinister Or a magistrate vested Sable and holding in his dexter hand a sceptre all proper seated in a chair Gules

SOURCES, NOTES & CREDITS: p 567, Armorial General, Vol. II, J. B. Rietstap, 2nd edition 1887, Barnes & Noble, NY, 1965; Plate CLVIII, Illustrations to Armorial General, Vol V, V. & H. V. Rolland, 1903-26 edition, Heraldry Today, 1991; Internet Wikipedia article.

The WW1 German fighter pilot, Ace of Aces, known as The Red Baron

He shot down 80 Allied aeroplanes. By 1918 he was a German national hero with their highest decoration the Pour le Merite also known as the “Blue Max”and respected by his enemies. Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen, born on 2 May 1895, was in turn, shot down and killed on 21 April 1918 at age 25.

Rittmeister translates as Captain of Cavalry in the Imperial German army and Freiherr translates as baron as he was born into a Prussian aristocratic titled family.

The artwork is a rendering by John Hamilton Gaylor.

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