Today we are offering a fabulous piece of aviation history: a fully-authenticated fabric piece from Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen’s red Fokker Dr 1 Triplane flown on the day he was shot down and killed. If one man and one day in aviation history sparks the interest of the world’s aviation enthusiasts, it is Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen and 21 April 1918. This was the day that the Red Baron took to the air for the last time and lost his life. [Was he shot down by Captain Roy Brown in a Sopwith Camel, or was it Australian machine-gunners’ ground fire? We will not debate the matter here]. Let it suffice that we have a FULLY-AUTHENTICATED, and properly-documented piece of fabric from the Baron’s famous Fokker Triplane. [Now, over the years I have seen countless fabric pieces that were purported to have come from von Richthofen’s plane, enough to have equipped an entire squadron of triplanes]! The consignment we are offering today is the “real deal.” It comes from the late, renowned author and collector, P. J. Carisella. Carisella was well known in the collecting community. He had excellent contacts with former Australian soldiers, their families, as well as noted artifact collectors connected with Manfred von Richthofen. He also coauthored the book, Who Killed the Red Baron.
The consigned set includes a piece of fabric from Fokker Dr 1 425/17, which is attached to a letter that Carisella conveyed to a man in the USA. The story concerning how he acquired the fabric and other artifacts from von Richthofen’s plane is outlined in the conveyance letter. A handwritten letter to the new owner from Carisella is also included. Finally, the set has a copy of the section in Carisella’s book where the author describes the fabric. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a truly RARE piece of aviation history. Step up now and you can own a precious, historical artifact.