The Red Baron

The Red Baron was commissioned to mark the 80th anniversary of the death of the world’s most successful fighter pilot. In April 1918, the extraordinary and charismatic Baron Manfred von Richtofen, who had shot down 80 British planes, was buried with full military honours by the Allies. Unique testimonies from descendants of the Red Baron and of those brave men who fought with him and against him, combine with previously unseen archive footage and poignant excerpts from his mother’s diary to paint a remarkable picture of the life and death of an enduring legend.

Produced by

Beryl Vertue

Executive producer(s)

Michael Davies, Patricia Hodge, Timothy West

Written by

Michael Davies

Directed by

Michael Davies



First transmitted

29th April 1998 at 9.30pm


50 mins

Press comments

“A subtly touching reminiscence of pointless, wasteful, heroic combat in the air.” The Sunday Times


BBC Worldwide in Austria, BBC Prime, BBC World, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Latin America, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK Horizons, USA