lothar-richthofenRICHTHOFEN, Lothar Freiherr von. (1894-1922) Oberleutnant. Victories = 40. Highest award = Pour le Merité (May 1917).

Younger brother of the Red Baron, Lothar transferred to the Imperial German Army Air Force from the 4th Dragoon Cavalry Regiment in late 1915.

He became an aerial observer with KG 4 in January 1916, gaining his pilot's certificate later that year.

Graduated as a fighter pilot in March 1917 and was posted to his brother Manfred's unit Jasta 11.

First confirmed victory was a RAF FE 2b on 28th March 1917.

Claimed, on 7th May 1917, as his 20th victim, British ace Captain Albert Ball, VC but there is little corroborative evidence to support this claim.

Wounded in combat in May 1917, he recovered and took over Jasta 11 in September 1917.

Flying again by November 1917, he was severely wounded once more in March 1918, and whilst hospitalised received his commission to Leutnant.

During August 1918 and shot down his final victory - a Sopwith Camel - on the 12th August 1918.

But was again hospitalised and was out of action until the Armistice and thus survived the Great War.

He was killed in a flying accident in July 1922 aged 27.

Confirmed victories

Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Airco DH 9 4
British & Colonial Aeroplane Co. Ltd. Bristol F 2A. 1
British & Colonial Aeroplane Co. Ltd. Bristol F 2B. 7
Royal Airforce Factory. RAF BE 2c. 1
Royal Airforce Factory. RAF BE 2e. 2
Royal Airforce Factory. RAF BE 2g. 2
Royal Airforce Factory. RAF FE 2b. 3
Royal Airforce Factory. RAF FE 2d. 1
Royal Airforce Factory. RAF RE 8. 4
Royal Airforce Factory. RAF SE 5a. 3
Société Anonyme des Etablissements, Nieuport.
Nieuport 17.
3
Société Anonyme des Etablissements, Nieuport.
Nieuport 23.
1
Société S.P.A.D.
Spad S VII.
4
Sopwith Aviation Co.
Sopwith Camel.
3
Sopwith Aviation Co.
Sopwith Pup.
1
Total

40
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