Photograph of Manfred von Richthofen standing in front of an Albatros D III aircraft with other members of Jasta 11, including Sebastian Festner and Otto Brauneck.
The fighter squadron commanded by von Richthofen, Jagdstaffel 11, operated from an airfield at Roucourt over the Arras front. In what became known to the British as ‘Bloody April’, the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service lost 245 aircraft; 89 of these losses were inflicted by von Richthofen’s squadron alone. By comparison, only 365 aircraft were originally allocated by the British to cover the Arras offensive, beginning 9th April 1917.
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