The spirits of history whispers in my ears
These are sad tales which should be shown
It's my blessed task by poetry to share
In my writings the truth will be known
One case of mystery wears a dark shroud
The chilling facts we can only surmise
Within the silence of a man's dark tomb
Hides the delicate truth of his demise
The Red Baron's tale urges me to write
About his short life, this is what I say
A brilliant pilot, quite a handsome guy
He passed on swiftly, in a vicious way
It's said he was the "Terror" of the sky
His deadly aim was a direct bull's eye
Angels wept as scared men lived no more
His strange legend is known world wide
His name stirs emotions inside our souls
The saga of the Red Baron riffles the tide
His tactics were different than we'd prefer
But none can say he shirked duty's call
He knew in his heart the day would come
For him to hear the Grim Reaper's call
He lived as he died, brave to the end
Facing his fate like a solid brick wall
Although the Red Baron was an Ace Pilot
I cannot say he deserves full praise
The end results of WW1 speak for itself
The Red Baron's deadly era was a phase
The Allied Forces won the last victory
Oppression could not reign any more
Genocide hung its head in shame
Fear of the Baron flew out the door
My acknowledgement & gratitude goes to
my friend, Pilot William Young, who captured
my attention & my writer's interest
in The Red Baron's tale.
The Red Baron was buried in Bertangle Cemetery on April 23, 1918.
'Find the enemy and shoot him down! All else is nonsense!'
- Baron Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen, German flying ace.
The Baron's aircraft was painted a bright red colour.
His enemies called it 'Le Petit Rouge' ("The Little Red").
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen was the most
famous air ace of the World War 1.
He was born on 2 May 1892 in Breslau. Manfred von Richthofen
and was buried by the Allies in a small military cemetery
in Bertangles, France with full military honors. He was 25 years old
at the time of his death. His body was later moved to
a larger cemetery at Fricourt in 1925, it was moved again on
the behest of his brother, Karl Bolko, this time to Berlin,
where he was buried at Invaliden Cemetery in a large state funeral.
In a time of wooden and fabric aircraft, when 20 air victories ensured
a pilot's legendary status, the Red Baron shot down 80 enemy aircrafts
and went down in history as one of the greatest heroes to emerge from
World War I. on either side of the conflict.