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The Red Baron Combat Wing

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A full, objective account of aerial combat over the Western Front, drawing on archival and other original material from both sides of the battle lines.

In the Footsteps of the Red Baron

Author : Mike O'Connor
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Manfred von Richthofen became a fighter pilot on the Western Front in August 1916. By January 1917, Richthofen had shot down fifteen aircraft had been appointed commander of his own unit. He painted the fuselage of his Albatros D-III a bright red and was nicknamed the Red Baron. In June 1917, Richthofen was appointed commander of the German Flying Circus. Made up of Germany's top fighter pilots, this new unit was highly mobile and could be quickly sent to any part of the Western Front where it was most needed. Richthofen and his pilots achieved immediate success during the air war over Ypres during August and September. Manfred von Richthofen was killed on 21st April 1918. Richthofen had destroyed 80 allied aircraft, the highest score of any fighter pilot during the First World War. This book is divided into three sectors of the WWI front line in which von Richthofen operated. Each area is conveniently reached within hours. Airfield sites, memorials and the graves of Manfred's famous victims are described and directions for the battlefield walker are included with information on related museums and historic sites with special association with this most famous of fighter pilots.

Talking with the Red Baron

Author : Peter Kilduff
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"Using the Red Baron's personal diaries, squadron records, official documents, correspondence and archive photography, Peter kilduff brings vividly to life the most feared and respected pilot on the Western Front, Baron Manfred von Richthofen. Posing searching questions and applying documentary evidence to respond in Richthofen's own engaging words, the author gives the reader direct and revealing access to the heart of the man behind the enduring myth. If it is a long-held dream of historians to converse with the protagonists of the past, then this novel approach from an acknowledged expert on the Red Baron will surely set the standard for attaining that goal with history's most enigmatic flying hero."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Red Baron The Life and Death of an Ace

Author : Peter Kilduff
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The classic bestselling autobiography of the most successful fighter pilot of the First World War. This is the memoir of the undisputed top gun of World War I’s aerial war, Captain Manfred von Richthofen, who shot down 80 Allied aircraft. Originally published in German in late 1917 as Der Rote Kampfflieger (The Red Air Fighter), it was a runaway bestseller. The English language edition followed in 1918 without any official deal with the German publishers as it was argued that Richthofen’s accounts of combat against the Allied air force aircraft provided valuable intellilgence to use against the enemy. Originally a cavalryman, Manfred transferred to the Imperial German Army Air Service in May 1915 and quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot. During 1917 he became leader of Jagdgeschwader 1. It was better known as the “Flying Circus” because of its aircraft’s bright colors and because the squadron moved like a traveling circus, from place to place as a self-contained unit so that it appeared wherever the fighting was the thickest. It would be operating at Verdun one week only to be north of Arras the next. A few days later, it would be down on the Somme. Richthofen was a brilliant tactician, although his modus operandi was as simple as it was deadly. Typically, he would dive from above to attack with the advantage of the sun behind him (the victim would not see him coming, blinded by glare), with other pilots of his flying circus covering his rear and flanks. By 1918, he was regarded as a national hero in Germany and held the country’s highest honor, the “Blue Max.” Richthofen was well-known in the Allied countries and a respected advisor of military aviators. Newly illustrated with twenty-one contemporary images. Includes many of the Red Baron’s eighty combat reports, contemporary interviews with a selection of his surviving victims, and an extra chapter on the death in combat of von Richthofen.

Airfields Airmen

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The latest volume in the Airfields and Airmen series covers the Arras area. It includes a visit to the grave of Albert Ball VC and the graves of Waterfall and Bayly, the first British fliers killed in action. There is a visit to the aerodrome from which Alan McLeod took off from to earn his VC and to the grave of Viscount Glentworth, killed while flying with 32 Squadron. The German side is well covered with visits to their cemeteries and aerodromes. This well researched book relives the deadly thrills of war in the air over the battlefields of the Western Front.

Iron Man

Author : Peter Kilduff
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This biography of a tenacious fighter pilot is “a powerful story about a fascinating man who seemed to know no fear” (Aerodrome). As one of the most successful German fighter pilots of World War I, Rudolf Berthold was victorious in forty-four aerial combats. He was also shot down or forced to land after six fights and survived crash landings in every case. Early in WWI, when only fighter pilots were awarded the Kingdom of Prussia’s (and de facto, Imperial Germany’s) highest bravery decoration, the Pour le Mérite, Berthold became the tenth recipient of the honor. Of that early cohort of air heroes, only Berthold and one other pilot survived the war. This book tells his remarkable story. Six weeks into the war, Berthold became the first airman in the 2nd Army area to be awarded an Iron Cross in recognition of his bravery and tenacity in combat. The symbolism of the award was appropriate. Described by one of his pilot protégés as “an Iron Man—with an absolutely unbendable iron will,” he was a dedicated patriot. And, after he became a fighter pilot, he demonstrated a fierce fighting spirit in many encounters with British and French adversaries. All of his aerial combats with other Pour le Mérite–awarded flyers are detailed in this book. Indeed, Berthold was so relentless in his approach to aerial combat that when badly wounded, on at least six occasions, he cut short his convalescent leave to return to flying with his comrades. The injuries included a hit to his right arm, which shattered the bone, rendering it useless—yet an undaunted Berthold taught himself to fly using his left. Peter Kilduff has produced a landmark volume based on extensive research into Berthold’s life and military career to form the most complete account of Germany’s sixth highest scoring fighter ace of WWI. Illustrated with over eighty photographs and other artworks, many never published before, Iron Man tells the tale of this ruthless, fearless fighter whose perseverance and bravery made him one of the most famous airmen of the Great War.

Black Fokker Leader

Author : Peter Kilduff
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This biography of the WWI fighter pilot offers “an intimate portrait of the last recipient of the ‘Blue Max’” (Barrett Tillman). One of the most noteworthy German fighter pilots of World War I was Leutnant der Reserve Carl Degelow, whose squadron of mostly black Fokker D.VII fighters posed a formidable threat to some of Britain’s most celebrated air units on the Western Front. Black Fokker Leader, filled with new information and original photos, is based on the author’s research of significant German archival material and documentation, as well as British, French, and Belgian sources, shedding new light on this legendary ace. The biography offers previously unpublished material about Degelow and his comrades: how he was almost court-martialed; how his career was saved by Josef Jacobs; how Degelow helped Willy Rosenstein escape from Nazi Germany; and much more. Also included are new insights into men like Field Marshal Erhard Milch, Degelow’s wing commander in WWI; and V-2 rocket chief Gen. Hans Jeschonnek, a Degelow protégé in 1918.

The Many Deaths of the Red Baron

Author : Frank McGuire
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Three Wings for the Red Baron

Author : Leon Bennett
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This well-researched book covers new ground in and attempt to understand the technology, strategy, and tactics behind the dramatic World War I dogfights in the skies over Belgium, France, and Germany. Manfred von Richthofen emerges as an important influence on the developement of the Luftwaffen.

The Compact Timeline of Aviation History

Author : Anthony A. Evans
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'The Compact Timeline of Aviation History' encompasses the entire history of flight, from the days of legends, balloons and gliders to the latest high-tech aircraft.

Over the Front

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Gunning for the Red Baron

Author : Leon Bennett
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The daring air aces of World War I faced more than the enemy when they took to the sky - they faced the odds. Their chances of being hit were high; the odds of their hitting the enemy were low. One pilot, French Captain Albert Moris, reported 400 hits to his aircraft in his 253 hours of flying, more than a hit per hour. Even the most maneuverable of the British fighters, the Sopwith Camel, lost as many machines as its pilots shot down. Pilots flying Camels rang up 1,294 victories, but 1,500 machines were lost to accidents and enemy fire, and many Camel pilots died within weeks of entering combat. Was it luck or skill that sustained the Red Baron, the German ace who flew, fought, and thrived until he was finally shot down in April 1918? Gunning for the Red Baron gives the lowdown on why it was so hard to score a hit, what qualities helped the aces succeed, and the weapons and planes that were celebrated in the air war to end wars. Most basically, this richly illustrated book explains why aim was so notoriously bad. London's Public Records Office, and careful study of Great War technology, author Leon Bennett analyzes combat sequences, the arts of aerial gunnery, and the weapons themselves. His detailed insight into the mechanics of air warfare allows him to reach some startling conclusions about one of the enduring controversies of World War I: what finally brought the Red Baron down.

Cavalry of the Clouds

Author : John Sweetman
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This is undoubtedly the best history of the Royal Flying Corps on the Western Front. Beautifully reserached, it has a fine grasp of detail and shows deep understanding of the context in which these young men risked-and so often lost-their lives. Professor Richard Holmes CBETD --

Air Pictorial

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Richthofen

Author : Peter Kilduff
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When aerial battles of the First World War are discussed, one name always come to mind: Manfred von Richthofen, popularly known as the Red Baron. This book provides the first clear fully-documented view of Richthofen as an air fighter, exemplary leader and an important figure in the development of German fighter units and tactics during that war. The author makes extensive use of a wealth of carefully researched and verified documentation. Richthofen's own Air Combat Operations Manual, completed shortly before his death in combat, is included in its entirely. These materials are accompanied by a superb collection of photographs and maps.

The British National Bibliography

Author : Arthur James Wells
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Red Flag

Author : Michael Skinner
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Describes the simulated fighter combat training that takes place at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and explains how American pilots, taking the part of their foreign counterparts, provide realistic instruction.

Military History

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American Book Publishing Record

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Computer Gaming World

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