Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of that war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories, more than any other pilot.
British planes. Airplanes were used as a war tactic in ww1 as a way to attack the enemy from above the trenches. this meant soldiers had nowhere to hide. airplanes were a major advantage because they could easily locate the positions of the enemy, be mounted with machine guns, and launch bombs while in flight.