Was Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, the first 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 May 2, 1892, Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen was a German fighter pilot with the Luftstreitkräfte, Imperial German Army Air Service, during 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. In 1917 he became the leader of a squadron known as the Flying Circus, by his habit of moving the company, 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, 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?
Unidentified flying objects have been observed among almost the most critical military conflicts in history, from the earliest years by Alexandre the Greatest to Gulf War.
Their presence was also noticed and reported during the first World War. It also originated the 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 with German Air Force ace Peter Waitzrick, who not only witnessed but confirmed that the Red Baron shot down a spacecraft himself.
“It’s been over 80 years, and you ordered me not to say 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 on the slowly hovering UFO; at that time, the United States had just entered the war, so it might have been an unknown American 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 minor occupants survive the crash and leave the wreckage, running into the woods.
What the facts say about the Red Baron shooting down the flying saucer
Baron Manfred von Richthofen kept the description of 80 enemy planes he brought down on record.
But he never mentioned anything about the unknown American craft like he believed when he opened fire that spring morning.
Peter Waitzrick told me he was ordered not to say anything. Maybe the Red Baron received the same order.
Regarding the date, Peter Waitzrick describes that von Richthofen was flying with a” Fokker triplane,” the Fokker Dr.I, the earliest Fokker triplane to be seen in combat, 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 had shot down a flying saucer, it is undoubtedly that the German troops would have searched the wreckage and its occupants in 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 craft from another planet. Those who ran off into the woods weren’t Americans.”
Richthofen received a fatal wound just after 11:00 am on April 21, 1918, while flying over Morlancourt Ridge, near the Somme River, France.
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