There is debate as to who fired the fatal shot that brought him down. The Royal Air Force officially credited Captain Arthur Roy Brown, DSC & Bar, RAF, a Canadian ace. However, since the fatal shot came from a .303 bullet, it is likely that he was felled by the Australians on the ground who were occupying the sector.
He was so well respected by his foes that he was buried with full military honours by 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, the flight unit in nearest proximity to his coming down. Allied squadrons stationed nearby gave wreaths, one of which bore the words, 'To Our Gallant and Worthy Foe'.
Here is a picture of his funeral. Six officers of 3 Squadron served as pallbearers, and a guard of honour from the squadron's other ranks fired a salute.
And here is avideo from a film of his funeral.
Stand down, Rittmeister von Richthofen. You served your Emperor and Nation well, now rest in peace. Memory Eternal!
Post a Comment
Comments are subject to deletion if they are not germane. I have no problem with a bit of colourful language, but blasphemy or depraved profanity will not be allowed. Attacks on the Catholic Faith will not be tolerated. Comments will be deleted that are republican (Yanks! Note the lower case 'r'!), attacks on the legitimacy of Pope Francis as the Vicar of Christ (I know he's a material heretic and a Protector of Perverts, and I definitely want him gone yesterday! However, he is Pope, and I pray for him every day.), the legitimacy of the House of Windsor or of the claims of the Elder Line of the House of France, or attacks on the legitimacy of any of the currently ruling Houses of Europe.