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Name: Lothar Ritter von Richthofen
Orden Pour le Mérite (Blue Max)
Knight's Cross with Swords of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class
Lothar von Richthofen
Country: Germany
Rank: Oberleutnant
Units: Jasta 11
KG 4
Victories: 40
Born: 27 September 1894
Place of Birth: Breslau
Died: 04 July 1922 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Fuhlsbuettel
Cemetery: Garrison Cemetery, Schweidnitz
 
 
When the war began, Lothar von Richthofen was an officer in the cavalry. Following Manfred von Richthofen's example, he transferred to the German Air Force in 1915 and was assigned to Jasta 11 on 6 March 1917. Under the watchful eye of his older brother, Lothar scored 24 victories in 47 days and was credited with shooting down English ace Albert Ball on 7 May 1917. On 13 May 1917, Lothar was badly wounded in a dogfight with a B.E.2e but recovered and assumed command of Jasta 11 on 24 September 1917. Wounded again on 13 March 1918, he crash landed his Fokker DR.I after being shot down by Camel pilot Augustus Orlebar and Bristol F.2b crew Geoffrey Hughes and Hugh Claye. The following month, he was still in a hospital bed when he learned of his brother's death. In the summer of 1918, Lothar returned to duty and achieved ten more victories by the end of the war. Scoring his final victory on 12 August 1918, he shot down a Sopwith Camel flown by English ace John Summers. The following day, Lothar was seriously wounded for the third time 13 August 1918 when his Fokker D.VII was shot down over the Somme by a Sopwith Camel of the 148th Aero Squadron.

A commercial pilot in 1922, Lothar was killed in a crash on a flight from Berlin to Hamburg. A plaque honors his memory in the family plot at Südfriedhof in Wiesbaden but Lothar was actually buried near his father in the Garrison Cemetery at Schweidnitz, Germany. Schweidnitz was tranferred to Poland at the end of World War II and the graves at Swidnica, Poland have been lost.
 
Opponents
#20 EnglandAlbert Ball
#21 EnglandWilliam Price
#23 EnglandErnest Moore
#23 EnglandWilliam Winkler
#35 EnglandKenneth Mills
#39 EnglandKenneth Walker
#40 EnglandJohn Summers
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Mar 1917 1715 Jasta 11   F.E.2b (7715) E of Vimy
2 11 Apr 1917 0915 Jasta 11   Bristol F.2a (A3323) N of Fresnes
3 11 Apr 1917 1235 Jasta 11   R.E.8 (A4190) NE of Fampoux
4 13 Apr 1917 0855 Jasta 11   R.E.8 (A3126) NE of Biache
5 13 Apr 1917 0856 Jasta 11   R.E.8 (A4191) Pelves
6 14 Apr 1917 0920 Jasta 11   Nieuport 23 (A6772) W of Fouquières
7 14 Apr 1917 1823 Jasta 11   SPAD VII (A6683) SE of Vimy
8 16 Apr 1917 1030 Jasta 11   Nieuport 17 (B1501) E of Roeux
9 21 Apr 1917 1728 Jasta 11   Nieuport 17 (B1568) SE of Vimy
10 23 Apr 1917 1210 Jasta 11   B.E.2g (A2876) N of Vimy
11 26 Apr 1917 1830 Jasta 11   B.E.2c (2826) SE of Vimy Ridge
12 27 Apr 1917 2015 Jasta 11   F.E.2b (4850) Fresnes
13 29 Apr 1917 1115 Jasta 11   SPAD VII (A7653) Izel
14 29 Apr 1917 1925 Jasta 11   B.E.2e (7092) NE of Monchy
15 30 Apr 1917 0715 Jasta 11   B.E.2g (A2942) SE of Vimy
16 30 Apr 1917 0755 Jasta 11   F.E.2d (A6402) Izel
17 01 May 1917 1900 Jasta 11   F.E.2b (A782) W of Acheville
18 06 May 1917 1050 Jasta 11   R.E.8 (A4596) SE of Givenchy
19 07 May 1917 1830 Jasta 11   Nieuport 17 (A6609) W of Biache
20 07 May 1917 2030 Jasta 11   S.E.5 (A4850) Annoeullin
21 09 May 1917 1830 Jasta 11   Bristol F.2b (A7110) NE of Fampoux
22 10 May 1917 0750 Jasta 11   Sopwith Pup (A7303) S of Vitry
23 11 May 1917 1710 Jasta 11   Bristol F.2b (A7111) Izel
24 13 May 1917 1135 Jasta 11   B.E.2e (7130) W of Fresnoy
25 09 Nov 1917 1030 Jasta 11   Bristol F.2b? Zonnebeke
26 23 Nov 1917 1400 Jasta 11   Bristol F.2b (B1116) W of Seranvillers
27 11 Mar 1918 1310 Jasta 11   Bristol F.2b (A7227) NE of Fresnoy
28 12 Mar 1918 1100 Jasta 11   Bristol F.2b (B1247) Maretz, Betry
29 12 Mar 1918 1110 Jasta 11   Bristol F.2b (B1250) Clary
30 25 Jul 1918 1950 Jasta 11   Sopwith Camel Fismes
31 01 Aug 1918 1310 Jasta 11   SPAD VII  
32 01 Aug 1918 1310 Jasta 11   SPAD VII  
33 08 Aug 1918 1730 Jasta 11   D.H.9  
34 08 Aug 1918 1745 Jasta 11   S.E.5a (B151)  
35 08 Aug 1918 1850 Jasta 11   S.E.5a (D6962)  
36 09 Aug 1918 0730 Jasta 11   D.H.9 (D5666) Villers Carbonnel
37 09 Aug 1918 1840 Jasta 11   D.H.9 (F6066) Foucaucourt
38 11 Aug 1918 0830 Jasta 11   D.H.9 (D3097)  
39 12 Aug 1918 0930 Jasta 11   Sopwith Camel NW of Péronne
40 12 Aug 1918 0930 Jasta 11   Sopwith Camel NW of Miséry
 
Books
Under the Guns of the German AcesReview
by Norman Franks and Hal Giblin, Grub Street, London, 1997
 
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