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22 April 1918


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5th Divisional Artillery
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14th Brigade C.F.A.
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60th Field Battery
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61st Field Battery
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22 April 1918 British Labour Corps workers over grave of Manfred von Richtofen (National Library of
Australia)
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22 April 18  IWM Q10916 The procession on its way to the cemetery - No 3 Squadron Australian Flying
Corps Bertangles 22 April 1918
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22 April 18  IWM Q10917 The funeral procession of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen at Bertangles
- No 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps.
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22 April 18  IWM Q10919 The service at the graveside No 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps
Bertangles.
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22 April 18  IWM Q10920 Officers lowering the coffin into the grave No 3 Squadron Australian Flying
Corps Bertangles.
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22 April 18  IWM Q 10921 Australians firing a volley at the graveside No 3 Squadron Australian
Flying Corps Bertangles.
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22 April 18  IWMQ 10922 Air mechanics filling up the grave No 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps
Bertangles.
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22 April 18  IWMQ 10923 Four officers placing wreaths from British Squadrons on the grave
Bertangles.
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22 April 18  IWMQ 10924 The remains of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen's wrecked Fokker Triplane
and his two Spandau machine-guns Bertangles - Salved by No 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps.
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22 April 18  IWM Q 10928 The two Spandau machine-guns from Rittmester Manfred von Richthofen's
wrecked Fokker Triplane being examined by officers of No 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps at
Bertangles.
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22 April 18  IWMQ 10929 Officers and NCOs of No 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corps examine the
battered remains of Baron Manfred von Richthofen's aircraft at Poulainville aerodrome in April
1918.
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Comment:  What can you say about the world's most famous airman, the legendary "Red Baron"?  Not many know about him today, so calling him the most famous, legendary, or greatest pilot of all-time has a hollow ring to it when the person you are talking to has no idea who he was.  Respect.  His adversaries had plenty of it for him, as did he for them.  He was a Knight of the Skies.  After downing one of his most-feared adversaries, he flew over the funeral of this Commonwealth pilot the next day, and dropped a bouquet.  Today, I will be in Südfriedhof Wiesbaden, to pay my respects to the man who, for me, represents every German soldier of The Great War.

 

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