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Dr.I - Aircraft Profile - Fokker : Dr.I


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 Arguably the best known of all World War 1 fighter aces, Mannfred von Richthofen, the 'Red Baron', is depicted here flying Fokker Dr.1, serial No 425/17, in its final livery following the introduction of the <i>Balkenkreuze</i>, early in 1918. Contrary to popular belief, this was the only Triplane flown by the <i>Rittmeister</i> that was painted all red and was also the aircraft in which he lost his life on 21st April 1918, the celebrated ace having scored a confirmed 80 victories against allied aircraft over France.

The Greatest of Them All - Manfred von Richthofen by Ivan Berryman.
 Germanys greatest exponent of the Fokker Dr1 Triplane, Leutnant Josef Jacobs is depicted chatting with colleagues of Jasta 7 before a sortie in the spring of 1918.  His black Triplane became well known to allied pilots, not least because of his formidable kill rate.  By the end of the war, still aged just 24, Jacobs had claimed 48 enemy aircraft destroyed.  The unusual practice of applying the black cross to the upper sides of the lower wings was to counter friendly fire from other German aircraft who frequently mistook the Dr1 for a Sopwith Triplane.

Leutnant Josef Jacobs by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Mystery still surrounds just why Manfred von Richthofen risked so much in chasing the novice pilot Wilfred Wop May into Allied-occupied territory on the morning of Sunday, 21st April 1918, but it was to be his last flight, this error of judgement costing him his life. Von Richthofen had broken from the main fight involving Sopwith Camels of 209 Sqn to chase Mays aircraft, but found himself under attack from the Camel of Captain Roy Brown. All three aircraft turned and weaved low along the Somme River, the all red Triplane coming under intense fire from the ground as well as from Browns aircraft. No one knows exactly who fired the crucial bullet, but Manfred von Richthofens aircraft was seen to dive suddenly and impact with the ground. The Red Baron was dead and his amazing run of 80 victories was over. The painting shows Mays aircraft (D3326) in the extreme distance, pursued by DR.1 (425/17) and Browns Camel (B7270) in the foreground.

Captain Roy Brown engages the Red Baron, 21st April 1918 by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
No World War 1 pilot is better known than Manfred Von Richthofen, the Red Baron, and few pilots were greater exponents of the little Fokker DR.1 Triplane in which he scored nineteen of his eighty victories. In fact, only one of the DR.1s flown by von Richthofen was painted all-over Red. In April 1918, 127/17 was his mount, this machine being depicted here shortly after take off in company with other Jasta 11 pilots of his notorious Flying Circus. Among this formation are: Ltn Eberhardt Mohnicke, Ltn Hans Joachim Wolff, Rittm Manfred von Richthofen and his brother Ltn Lothar von Richthofen. The Flying Circus soubriquet was appended by the British and Canadian forces and was never used by von Richthofen or Jasta 11 themselves, but the sight of the red-nosed Triplanes as they joined battle in the skies above France signaled to Allied pilots a tough battle ahead.

Von Richthofen's Flying Circus by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

Dr.I Artwork Collection

Final Days by Ivan Berryman.

The Rittmeister by Ivan Berryman.

Last But One by Ivan Berryman.

The 79th Victory by Ivan Berryman.

Manfred Von Richthoffen (The Red Baron) by Tim Fisher.

Alone in a Winter Sky - Fokker Triplane DR1 by David Pentland.

Dawn Dog Fight, Mick Mannock VC by Graeme Lothian.

In For The Kill by Ivan Berryman.

Baron Von Richthofen, March 1918 by Chris Collingwood.

Seeing Red by Ivan Berryman.

Ltn Fritz Kempf by Ivan Berryman.

Leutnant Josef Jacobs by Ivan Berryman.

Rittmeister Karl Bolle by Ivan Berryman.

Von Richthofens Flying Circus by Ivan Berryman.

Deadly Partnership - Captain W E Staton and Lieutenant John R Gordon, Bristol F.2b by Ivan Berryman.

Captain Roy Brown engages the Red Baron, 21st April 1918 by Ivan Berryman.

Leutnant Wolfram von Richthofen by Ivan Berryman.

Leutnant Paul Baumer by Ivan Berryman.

The Red Baron (with original WW1 signature) by Ivan Berryman. (P)

The Final Curtain by Ivan Berryman.

Richthofens Flying Circus by Nicolas Trudgian.

The Greatest of Them All - Manfred von Richthofen by Ivan Berryman.

Brief Encounter by Gerald Coulson.

Fokker Dr I Aces of World War One.

The Ringmaster by Stan Stokes.

Showtime at the Circus by Stan Stokes.

The Brothers Richthofen by Stan Stokes.

Signatures for : Dr.I
A list of all signatures from our database who are associated with this aircraft. A profile page is available by clicking their name.

Manfred von Richthofen

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21 / 4 / 1918Died : 21 / 4 / 1918
21 / 4 / 1918Ace : 80.00 Victories
Manfred von Richthofen

The legendary Red Baron was the most successful flying Ace of World War One, with over 80 confirmed victories. With his aircraft painted bright red, this brilliant tactician and leader served with Jasta 11 before commanding the new, much larger wing, Jagdgeschwader I, soon to earn the immortal nickname of Richthofens Flying Circus. On 21st April 1918, during a low level aerial duel, Manfred von Richthofen was fatally struck by a single .303 bullet, believed to have been fired from the trenches below. He was buried by his Allied opponents with full military honours.

Where do signatures of the Red Baron come from?

These rare signature pages and signature clippings are sourced by one of the leading German autograph companies on behalf of Cranston Fine Arts. The majority of the signatures of Manfred von Richthofen were signed in January - February 1918 on promotional train journeys across Germany to aid the recruitment by order of the Kaiser, with the train stopping at most train stations, where the Red Baron would sign autographs for the large crowds gathered. On these two, 3-day journeys, it is estimated he signed between 1500 - 2000 autographs each day. He would also have signed many hotel guest books along with other top Aces and on rare occasions you can find two or three of these signatures together.

See our aviation history timeline for all today's historical aviation events - air victories, aircraft losses and pilot details.

Updates made to Aircrew database for : Sergeant E D Martin : Squadron service dates updated
EJG1 added to the squadrons database.
Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington W5365 : Airframe notes updated (added 08-02-1941 : Wellington stalled and crashed while trying to land at Tollerton, it came down near Cotgrave. )
Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington R1244 :
Warrant Officer David Fraser added to aircrew database :
Was on his 4th Operation as a Rear Gunner with 115 Sqn on Wellingtons when he was shot down by night fighters on a raid to Hamburg on 10th May 1941. He then spent 4 years as a Prisoner of War.
Updates made to Aircrew database for : Keatley : Squadrons updated (added No.58 Sqn RAF), Squadron service dates updated
New victory claim added : Ju88 claimed on 7th October 1940 by Jozef Jeka of No.238 Sqn RAF
Updates made to Airframes database for : Wellington T2702 : Airframe notes updated (added 10-02-1941 : Wellington was last heard confirming its task had been completed. It was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed west of Kampen in Holland. The remains of one of the crew, Sergeant Reardon weren't found until 1967 and was buried.)
Hurricane Mk.IIb Z5617 of No.229 Sqn RAF added to the airframes database.
Updates made to Airframes database for : Blenheim P4903 :


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