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The Digression Podcast

Chris and Jody are Air Force vets who enjoy military history and folklore. This is their podcast. They tell stories. They digress. A lot.

Jun 3, 2022

We all know The Red Baron as Snoopy's unseen arch-enemy who shot his Sopwith Camel doghouse out of the sky untold times in the Peanuts cartoons. But the actual man was so much more than the caricature painted by Charles Schultz!

Although Baron Manfred von Richthofen was only involved in World War I's air war for 18 months, seated in his blazing red Fokker DR-1 triplane he shot down 80 allied planes in that time, an extraordinary feat considering that most fighter pilots only achieved a handful of victories before being shot down themselves.

And you know, it's no coincidence this is also our 80th episode!

Just kidding, it's a complete coincidence.

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