454/17, Lt. Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen, Jasta 11, Avesnes-le-Sec, France, March 1918
Lothar von Richthofen was to a certain degree
the opposite of his older brother Manfred. While
Manfred carefully calculated risks and attacked
from a favorable position as much as possible,
Lothar got into fights at every opportunity. This
helped him to achieve seventeen aerial victories
during first two months of his fighter service.
On the other hand, his combat style was very
risky and on several occasions interrupted his
career for a long-term due to various injuries.
One of these came on March 13, 1918, when in
combat with Bristols F.2B belonging to the No. 62
Squadron caused a collapse of the leading edge
of the top wing of his Fokker Dr.I 454/17. Lothar
managed to crash-land crippled aircraft, but it
took him till the middle of July to recover from
the resulting injuries. His total score of forty kills
came over the course of a mere 77 days of actual
combat flying! The aircraft with which Lothar von
Richthofen crashed on March 13, 1917, carried
a standard Fokker factory “streaked” finish but
the rear fuselage and the upper surface of the
top wing was oversprayed yellow, the color of
the Dragoner Regiment “von Bredow” Nr. 4, a unit
with which Lothar von Richthofen served earlier.
The engine cowl, wheel hubs and wing struts
were painted red, which was the color of Jasta 11.
for Fokker Dr.I 1/72
Fokker Dr.I engine (Brassin)