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Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen

German military officer and aviator


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Wolfram Karl Ludwig Moritz Hermann Freiherr von Richthofen was a German fighter pilot during World War I and rose to the rank of field marshal in the Luftwaffe during World War II.Born in 1895 into a family of the Prussian nobility, Richthofen grew up in prosperous surroundings. At the age of eighteen, after leaving school, he opted to join the German Army rather than choose an academic career, and joined the army's cavalry arm in 1913. On the outbreak of the First World War, Richthofen fought on the Western Front, winning the Iron Cross Second Class. In 1915 he was posted to the Eastern Front, where he stayed until 1917. The Richthofen family produced several notable personalities that would become famous during the First War. His cousins, the brothers Lothar and Manfred, both became flying aces and encouraged him to join the Luftstreitkräfte . He did so, and joined Manfred's Jagdgeschwader 1 . On Wolfram's first mission with his cousin, on 21 April 1918, Manfred was killed. Wolfram went on to claim eight aerial victories before the armistice in November 1918. Lothar survived the war but died in a flying accident in 1922.

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University of Hanover

Public university located in Hannover, Germany

Technical University of Berlin

Public research university in Berlin, Germany