On my last post I made a slight diversion over the colour of the Red Baron’s plane. Manfried von Richthofen gained notoriety over the battlefields of
his Red Fokker Dr.1. France
Despite this von Richthofen was not the first to take to the skies in a Red Aeroplane. That accolade belongs to French aviator Jean Navarre.
|Jean Navarre (Wiki)|
|Jean Navarre's Nieuport 11 'Babe' (Wiki)|
Combat operations and the loss of his brother took a terrible toll on Narvarre he suffered from what today would be diagnosed as Post traumatic stress disorder. Despite this he survived the war.
However, his end is possibly the most tragic part of the story. In response to the High Command’s order that French aviators should march the victory parade on the
and not fly over it. This was unacceptable and taken as an insult by the
veteran pilots, who responded by selecting to fly under the Arc de
Triomphe during the festivities in an act of defiance to this perceived snub. While
practicing the stunt the week before Narvarre’s plane crashed killing him. He
was 23 years of age. Navarre