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Did ace WWI pilot shoot down a UFO ?

By T.K. Randall
February 27, 2015 · Comment icon 45 comments



Richthofen was a well known pilot during the World War I era. Image Credit: PD
German pilot Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen allegedly shot down a 'silver saucer' over Belgium.
More commonly known as the Red Baron, the German fighter pilot was renowned for his impressive skills in the cockpit.

According to fellow pilot Peter Waitzrick however, he and the Baron encountered more than just enemy fighters while patrolling the skies over Europe. One day in the spring of 1917 the fighter aces came across a large metallic saucer-shaped object over Belgium which was covered in an array of flashing orange lights.
Waitzrick, who withheld details of his experience until 1999 when he was 105 years old, described how the Baron had opened fire on the mysterious craft almost immediately.

"We were terrified because we’d never seen anything like it before," he said. "The Baron immediately opened fire and the thing went down like a rock, shearing off tree limbs as it crashed into the woods."

For years Waitzrick and his squadron had assumed that the object had been a secret US aircraft, but eventually he came to believe that it was more likely to have come from a little further afield.

Source: Inquisitr.com | Comments (45)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #36 Posted by Taun 7 years ago
Thread necromancy, forgive me, since this thread was posted today (12/29): http://www.unexplain...opic=289904&hl= And it relates to the material here (well, the original material, not the silly Snoopy stuff ) My bad...
Comment icon #37 Posted by Hybodus 7 years ago
Yes, he managed to do with an Albatros D III (which he was flying in 1917) and two 7.92 mm Spandaus what the USAF could never manage to do with supersonic jets. Now that is legendary. If there really are aliens capable of crossing the vastness of space to just get shot up by a wad of wire and canvas, I don't want to meet them. Go home E.T. and send somebody better. LOL!
Comment icon #38 Posted by Hybodus 7 years ago
Bs. Why would they think it was a US aircraft? Considering the US was not in the. War or had just entered at that time? Also they are shooting 7mm or 8mm bullets not going to do much. Perhaps a pair of ******s from a secret base in the 60s traveled in time to avenge their fallen fathers that died fighting the the Red Baron and set out to ambush the Red Baron...but got ambushed themselves by the Red Baron the moment they exited the wormhole...
Comment icon #39 Posted by ChrLzs 7 years ago
..not the silly Snoopy stuff ) .. silly .. Snoopy .. stuff ..??? (wanders off, sobbing just loud enough for you to hear....)
Comment icon #40 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 7 years ago
Richthofen was more than a little peculiar, and one of his oddities was having trophy cups made for each of his kills, or at least for sixty of them. Since this is supposed to have happened a year before his death, presumably there would have been a cup. All of his self-awarded trophies were captured by the Soviets in 1945 and taken to a museum in Moscow, where they supposedly reside to this day. So, somewhere in Russia, there may be a very odd trophy. But probably not.
Comment icon #41 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 7 years ago
Richthofen was more than a little peculiar, and one of his oddities was having trophy cups made for each of his kills, or at least for sixty of them. Since this is supposed to have happened a year before his death, presumably there would have been a cup. All of his self-awarded trophies were captured by the Soviets in 1945 and taken to a museum in Moscow, where they supposedly reside to this day. So, somewhere in Russia, there may be a very odd trophy. But probably not. The man who took over Von Richthoven's squadron when he died was even more peculiar. His name was Hermann Göring !
Comment icon #42 Posted by Merc14 7 years ago
Richthofen was more than a little peculiar, and one of his oddities was having trophy cups made for each of his kills, or at least for sixty of them. Since this is supposed to have happened a year before his death, presumably there would have been a cup. All of his self-awarded trophies were captured by the Soviets in 1945 and taken to a museum in Moscow, where they supposedly reside to this day. So, somewhere in Russia, there may be a very odd trophy. But probably not. Remember he was only 25 years old when he died. He shot down all of those aircraft between the ages of 23 and 25 (approximate... [More]
Comment icon #43 Posted by Sweetpumper 7 years ago
Yeah, I'm pretty sure a plane made of plywood took down an alien craft.
Comment icon #44 Posted by PersonFromPorlock 7 years ago
This kind of trash irks me as a former military aviator. I've got 158 Arc Light missions, including Linebackers 1 & 2. What have you got? And yes, some of the guys I flew combat with did have 'peculiarities' which had little or nothing to do with the war.
Comment icon #45 Posted by DONTEATUS 7 years ago
We cant even agree that Aliens Are Real. Much less Go to Battle with Snoopy & The Red Baron !


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