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Encyclopedia > Lothar von Richthofen
Lothar von Richthofen (right) with elder brother Manfred
Lothar von Richthofen (right) with elder brother Manfred

Lothar-Siegfried Freiherr von Richthofen (27 September 18944 July 1922) was a German First World War fighter ace credited with 40 victories during the war. He was younger brother of top-scoring ace Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron) and a cousin of the Luftwaffe field marshal Wolfram von Richthofen. Download high resolution version (536x800, 47 KB)Lothar and Manfred von Richthofen, taken in 1916. ... Download high resolution version (536x800, 47 KB)Lothar and Manfred von Richthofen, taken in 1916. ... Freiherr (German for Free Lord) is a title of lower nobility in Germany, the Baltic states and Austria-Hungary, considered equal to the title Baron. ... September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 95 days remaining. ... 1894 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... July 4 is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 180 days remaining. ... 1922 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... World War I was primarily a European conflict with many facets: immense human sacrifice, stalemate trench warfare, and the use of new, devastating weapons - tanks, aircraft, machineguns, and poison gas. ... Fighter Ace is an online multiplayer computer game in which one flies World War II fighter and bomber planes in combat against other players and virtual pilots. ... Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (May 2, 1892 – April 21, 1918) was a German pilot and is still regarded today as the ace of aces. He was a very successful fighter pilot, military leader and flying ace who won 80 air combats during World War I. Richthofen was known as... The   Luftwaffe? (German: air force, IPA: [luftvafÉ™]) is the commonly used term for the German air force. ... Generalfeldmarschall (General Field Marshal, usually translated simply as Field Marshal, and sometimes written only as Feldmarschall) was a rank in the armies of several German states and also of the Holy Roman Empire and Austrian Empire which could be granted to active officers only in wartime. ... Wolfram von Richthofen was a distant cousin of the late Manfred von Richthofen and one of only a few select officers in the Luftwaffe to have attained the highest rank of Generalfeldmarschall. ...


Starting the war as a cavalry officer, Lothar transferred to the German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) in 1915 and his first posting was to his brother's Jasta 11 on 6 March 1917. Lothar flew during the period of German dominance known as Bloody April and by the start of May had scored 16 victories. When Manfred went on leave, Lothar assumed command of the squadron. Manfred considered his brother rather reckless, describing him as a "shooter" rather than a "hunter". Italian cavalry officers practice their horsemanship in 1904 outside Rome. ... 1915 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... The Richthofen Squadron was founded after Manfred von Richtofens great air-combat success during the Great War. ... March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1917 was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the Julian calendar. ... During the First World War, the month of April 1917 was known as Bloody April by the Allied air forces. ... A Squadron is a small unit or formation of cavalry, aircraft (including balloons), or naval vessels. ...


Lothar scored three more kills in the first week of May. On the evening of 7 May near Douai, Lothar's Jasta 11 encountered eleven British aircraft from the "elite" No. 56 Squadron RFC, including English ace, Albert Ball. In a running battle fought in deteriorating visibility, the aircraft became scattered until Lothar was engaged in a one-on-one dog fight with Ball which ended with both aircraft crashing behind German lines. Ball was killed but Lothar survived and was credited with the victory though it was likely Ball became disoriented and lost control. May 7 is the 127th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (128th in leap years). ... Douai is a city and commune in the north of France in the département of Nord, of which it is a sous-préfecture. ... Albert Ball, standing in front of his Nieuport 11. ... Dog fight is a common term used to describe close-range aerial combat between two or more military aircraft. ...


Lothar resumed flying immediately, raising his tally to 23 by 13 May when, while pursuing a BE.2, he was wounded in the hip by anti-aircraft fire and crash-landed. On 14 May he was awarded the Pour le Mérite but his injuries kept him out of combat for five months. May 13 is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (134th in leap years). ... cunt sauce? ... American troops man an anti-aircraft gun near the Algerian coastline in 1943 Anti-aircraft, or air defense, is any method of combating military aircraft from the ground. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... The Orden Pour le Mérite, known informally as the Blue Max, was Prussias highest military order until the end of World War I. The award was first founded in 1740, named in French, the language of the royal court, for merit. ...


Wounded three times during the war, Lothar scored his final kill on 12 August 1918, flying a Fokker D.VII. Considering the amount of time that he spent on the front and in hospitals, he was one of the most efficient flying aces, possibly even more efficient than his brother Manfred. August 12 is the 224th day of the year (225th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1918 was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. ... The D.VII was a late World War I fighter aircraft designed by Anthony Fokker and Rheinhold Platz at the Fokker company. ...


After the war, he flew as a commercial pilot. On July 4, 1922 he died in a crash of passenger aircraft D1481 from Berlin to Hamburg, because of an engine failure.


Notes

  • Note regarding personal names: Freiherr is a title, equal to the title Baron, not a first or middle name.

Freiherr (German for Free Lord) is a title of lower nobility in Germany, the Baltic states and Austria-Hungary, considered equal to the title Baron. ...

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  • Lothar von Richthofen: 40 Aerial victories



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Lothar von Richthofen at AllExperts (441 words)
Lothar flew during the period of German dominance known as Bloody April and by the start of May had scored 16 victories.
Lothar resumed flying immediately, raising his tally to 23 by 13 May when, while pursuing a BE.2, he was wounded in the hip by anti-aircraft fire and crash-landed.
Lothar scored his final kill on 12 August 1918, flying a Fokker D.VII just before he was again wounded.Considering the amount of time that he spent on the front and in hospitals, he was one of the most efficient flying aces, possibly even more efficient than his brother Manfred.
Lothar von Richthofen (1996 words)
Lothar, with KG 4, returned to the Western Front, took part in the Verdun campaign, and later in the Battle of the Somme.
Lothar was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class by Kogenluft (Commanding General of Air Forces), von Hoeppner in December 1916.
Lothar was injured in a dogfight with a B.E.2a on May 13.
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