Review: The Red Baron’s Last Flight (Franks & Bennett)

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The Red Baron’s Last Flight: A Mystery Investigated.

Also subtitled: An in-depth investigation into what really happened on the day Von Richthofen was shot down, this is apparently a trade paperback reprint (but not a new edition) of a hardback published in the late ’90s.

This compact volume (fewer than 150 pages) is packed with original and secondary research that aims to prove that the wrong person was given credit for downing Germany’s deadliest ace fighter pilot. The authors do an excellent job of supporting their exposé with medical, aeronautical, and ballistics evidence, and I am convinced that their conclusions are correct.

The book is profusely illustrated with photos, diagrams, maps (including 3-D renderings), and reproductions of documents. The index is limited to names.

Who really shot down the Red Baron? Read this book, and share your thoughts below, in a Letter to the Editor.

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