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Germany's 'Red Baron' dies

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William Philip Simms
Baron Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, famous German aviator, was killed Sunday in the Somme Valley, it was announced today. File Photo by C.J. von Duhren
Baron Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen, famous German aviator, was killed Sunday in the Somme Valley, it was announced today. File Photo by C.J. von Duhren

WITH THE BRITISH ARMY IN FRANCE -- Baron Rittmeister von Richthofen, famous German aviator, was killed Sunday in the Somme Valley, it was announced today.

At his funeral today he will be given the same honors as a British flight officer.

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Richthofen was the greatest of the German flight commanders. His squadron, known among the British airmen as "Richthofen's circus," has been mentioned in numerous German communiques and has figured in many works of fiction on the war.

Richthofen was last mentioned in the German war office statement of April 8, when it was announced that he had achieved his 77th and 78th aerial victories.

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