France - Vaux-sur-Somme - Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen's crash site
Roadside sign marking the place where Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron was killed by enemy fire at Vaux-sur-Somme in 1918. Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (1892 – 1918), also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. He is considered the top ace of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories.
Richthofen was fatally wounded just after 11:00 am on 21 April 1918, while flying over Morlancourt Ridge, near the Somme River. At the time, the Baron had been pursuing (at very low altitude) a Sopwith Camel piloted by a novice Canadian pilot, Lieutenant Wilfrid "Wop" May of No. 209 Squadron, Royal Air Force