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Manfred von Richthofen (2 May 1892 - 21 April 1918), the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot during World War I. He is considered the top ace of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories.
Richthofen was wounded twice during the war, but never shot down. It is believed he was killed by a single bullet shot from a Vickers machine gun on the ground. Richthofen managed to land his airplane behind the enemy lines and was still alive when they got to him. His final word is said to be "Kaputt", broken.
Richthofen was buried near Amiens. Six enemy officers served as pallbearers, and a guard of honour fired a salute.
Allied squadrons stationed nearby presented memorial wreaths, one of which was inscribed with the words, "To Our Gallant and Worthy Foe".
He died at the age of 26.
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