RELICS OF THE RED BARON

Canada's History - - FROM THE ARCHIVES -

The museum of the Royal Cana­dian Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute (RCMI) in Toronto houses Canada’s most ex­ten­sive dis­play of ar­ti­facts re­lated to the Red Baron. Cap­tain Roy Brown, a mem­ber of the RCMI, do­nated most of the items him­self in 1920. He and his col­leagues sal­vaged them from the wreck of Man­fred von Richthofen’s Fokker tri­plane. The dis­play also in­cludes Brown’s orig­i­nal minia­ture medal set.

This large piece of fabric “skin” bears the iconic red paint unique to von Richthofen’s air­craft and the Balkenkreuz, or black iron cross. Mem­bers of 209 Squadron signed their names in the mid­dle of the cross and de­liv­ered it to Brown while he was...

This wing tip from the Red Baron`s plane is made of light­weight spruce and ply­wood box spars. Brown gave it to his friend, then Lieu­tenant- Colonel Billy Bishop. Bishop was also a mem­ber of the RCMI. His son, Arthur, do­nated the wing tip to the...

The plane’s seat is made of curved alu­minum and ply­wood, and would have had a plush red cover, some rem­nants of which can still be seen along the seat’s edges.

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