Was Baron Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, the first man to shoot down an alien spacecraft?
“He not only brought down 80 enemy planes to Germany during the First World War. He was also the first to shoot an alien spacecraft”. According to former German pilot Peter Waitzrik.
Who was The Red Baron
Born on 2 May 1892, Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen was a German fighter pilot with the Luftstreitkräfte, Imperial German Army Air Service, during the World War I.
After starting the war as a German cavalry officer on the Eastern Front, Richthofen served in the infantry before seeking his pilot’s license. He transferred to the Air Service in 1915. During 1917 he became the leader of a squadron known as the Flying Circus, by his habit of moving the squadron, tents, and equipment from base to base.
Richthofen was a very skilled pilot and on January 1917 he first painted his Albatros D.III in a bright red color, in this airplane he earned his name and reputation.
By 1918, he was regarded as a national hero in Germany and respected and admired even by his enemies.
He is considered the ace-of-aces of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories. But many of his victims came thru joint efforts but were credited to the Red Baron to enhance his stature as a national hero and create a legend to scare the enemies.
Did the Red Baron shoot down a flying saucer?
Among almost most important military conflicts in history, from earliest years by Alexandre the Greatest to Gulf War, unidentified flying objects have been observed.
Their presence was also noticed and reported during the first World War, also originated a book “UFOs of the First World War: Phantom Airships, Balloons, Aircraft and Other Mysterious Aerial Phenomena” by Nigel Watson.
In this book, Mr. Watson published an interview from German Air Force ace Peter Waitzrick, that not only witness and UFO but confirmed that the Red Baron shoot down a spacecraft himself.
“It’s been over 80 years and ordered me not to tell anything. But I’m already at the end of life and I want my children and grandchildren to know the truth”, said Peter Waitzrick.
On the morning of March 13, 1917, while patrolling over western France, coming from an airfield in Belgium, they spotted an object of about 40m (120 feet) in diameter, similar to two overlapping silver plates and orange lights.
Even not recognizing the aircraft the Red Baron decided to open fire, to the slowly hovering UFO, at that time the United States had just entered the war, so it was possible it was an American unknown weapon.
“We were terrified. We’d never seen anything like it” recalled Peter Waitzrick. “ The Baron immediately opened fire and the thing went down like a rock, shearing off tree limbs as it crashed into the woods”.
He witnesses two small occupants apparently survived the crash and left the wreckage, running into the woods.
What the facts say about the Red Baron shooting down the flying saucer
But never mentioned anything about the unknown American craft like he believed at the moment he opened fire on that spring morning.
Peter Waitzrick told he was ordered me not to tell anything, maybe the Red Baron received the same order.
Talking about the date, Peter Waitzrick describe that von Richthofen was flying with a ”Fokker triplane”, the Fokker Dr.I, the earliest Fokker triplane to seen in combat was only on August 22, 1917.
Peter Waitzrick was 105 years old at the time of his interview, maybe he was confused by the dates.
If they shoot down a flying saucer, it is certainly that the German troops would have conducted a search for the wreckage and its occupants on North France. But there were no records found.
“There’s no doubt that what the Baron shot down that day was no U.S. reconnaissance plane. It was some kind of craft from another planet. Those guys who ran off into the woods weren’t Americans.”
Richthofen received a fatal wound just after 11:00 am on 21 April 1918, while flying over Morlancourt Ridge, near the Somme River, France.