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WTE_Galway
07-19-2010, 05:59 PM
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ploughman
07-19-2010, 06:13 PM
respect.

There goes a gallant adeversary. Should we all be afforded such a nod at our end.

Choctaw111
07-19-2010, 07:28 PM
I didn't realize a film of this existed but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised as he was so famous.

Worf101
07-20-2010, 07:21 AM
Makes me feel all the more for the MILLIONS of common footsloggers on all sides left to rot in the trenches or no man's land. What a waste of human life WWI was. Was it truly anything more than a d**k measuring contest between monarchs who were almost all related by blood? Good lord.

Worf

T_O_A_D
07-20-2010, 10:46 AM
Originally posted by Choctaw111:
I didn't realize a film of this existed but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised as he was so famous.

Ditto, Thanks for sharing.

MB_Avro_UK
07-20-2010, 03:11 PM
An amazing piece of footage. I've not seen this before. Thanks for posting.

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

mapetrov
07-20-2010, 06:19 PM
nteresting the see the soldiers picking over the remains of the aircraft, anyone on a visit to Canberra can see the Barons flying boots and the control column on display in the war memorial museum.

WTE_Galway
07-20-2010, 06:38 PM
Originally posted by mapetrov:
nteresting the see the soldiers picking over the remains of the aircraft, anyone on a visit to Canberra can see the Barons flying boots and the control column on display in the war memorial museum.

I am pretty sure the men looking at the wrecked aircraft are actually RFC/RAF pilots. this is a WWI RAF uniform:

http://www.replicaters.com/ww2%20raf/raf%20bd.jpg

Which matches pretty closely the uniforms in that early part of the video clip.

M2morris
07-20-2010, 08:05 PM
So, what's the story on his final flight?

Choctaw111
07-20-2010, 08:32 PM
Originally posted by M2morris:
So, what's the story on his final flight?

Some ground pounder shot him, right?

WTE_Galway
07-20-2010, 09:11 PM
OK I was wrong about the men in the clip they are apparently from 3 Squadron Australian Flying Corp.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ae/MvRichthofenWreckage.jpg/660px-MvRichthofenWreckage.jpg



Originally posted by Choctaw111:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by M2morris:
So, what's the story on his final flight?

Some ground pounder shot him, right? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah its controversial but the way the fatal shot entered from under his arm pit apparently suggests he was killed by ground fire not the Sopwith Camels he was dicing with, probably a Vickers AA unit.

T_O_A_D
07-21-2010, 04:10 AM
Nova has a episode on it, that makes some interesting conclusions.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/redbaron/

leitmotiv
07-21-2010, 04:35 AM
Originally posted by WTE_Galway:
this is a WWI RAF uniform:

http://www.replicaters.com/ww2%20raf/raf%20bd.jpg

Which matches pretty closely the uniforms in that early part of the video clip.

Blouse is late-WWII RAF "Eisenhower jacket" type. Pattern not even close to the WWI officer's jacket which was same pattern as Army.

MB_Avro_UK
07-21-2010, 05:01 AM
The Royal Flying Corps wore army uniforms as they were part of the army and a Regiment.

In April 1918 the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to form the Royal Air Force.

It was decided that their new uniform would be blue as there were a lot in stock due to a failed export order of such uniforms. But the process of change over was very slow and aircrew were still in the main wearing Army uniform by the war's end in November 1918.

I own a Royal Flying Corps side-cap and as you can see from my pictures it's an Army khaki colour.

http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac58/MB_Avro_UK/007.jpg

http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac58/MB_Avro_UK/008.jpg


Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Feathered_IV
07-21-2010, 06:27 AM
The armed squad was necessary to keep the Australians at bay. If not, they'd even have pinched the handles off the casket.

WTE_Galway
07-21-2010, 05:45 PM
Originally posted by Feathered_IV:
The armed squad was necessary to keep the Australians at bay. If not, they'd even have pinched the handles off the casket.

I must admit having seen the Richthofen display at the Australian War Museum there seem to be a lot of miscellaneous bits of his aircraft and so forth that made their way back to Australia http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

waffen-79
07-23-2010, 12:31 PM
very touching video, so honorable and solemn, especially the honor squad