A/V Club: The Red Baron and the Flying Circus

Below is the final scene from the Roger Corman film Von Richthofen and Brown (1971) about German ace Manfred von Richthofen (aka The Red Baron) and the Canadian pilot Roy Brown who eventually shot down and killed him. The movie is pretty interesting, by the way. Although not precisely accurate in historical detail, the numerous air combat scenes and sense of camaraderie and competition between enemy squadrons are done quite well, as evidenced by these final shots.



And here’s some archive footage of Richthofen’s remains after the crash, and his funeral. There was such respect between the rivals that the Red Baron was given a full military funeral by Allied forces. His infamous red triplane, however, was quickly dismantled for souvenirs.



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