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Red Baron

Today in the Word, January 5, 1997, p. 10

According to one report, the end of German's famous "Red Baron," Manfred von Richthofen, came because he pursued an Allied airplane "too long, too far, and too low into enemy territory."

On April 21, 1918, von Richthofen, the celebrated World War I pilot who was responsible for shooting down 80 enemy aircraft, began chasing a British plane that was trying to escape the battle. As the Red Baron pursued his quarry behind Allied lines, gunfire from either machine-gun nests on the ground or another British pilot who had come to help killed von Richthofen.