Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (May 2, 1892 – April 21, 1918)
Baron Von Richthofen is best known as “The Red Baron”, a German
fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service during World
War I. He is considered the top ace of that war, being officially
credited with 80 air combat victories, more than any other pilot.
He remains quite possibly the most widely-known fighter pilot of all
time, and has been the subject of many books and films.
Snoopy’s imaginary battles against the Red Baron began in the comic
strip in October 1965.