100-year-old war mystery: Who shot down the Red Baron? | 60 Minutes Australia

It is one of the Great War’s unsolved mysteries. Who shot down the famous Red Baron? German pilot Manfred von Richthofen was renowned for his daring aerial manoeuvres and precision aim. He shot down more allied planes than any other pilot and had 80 confirmed kills to his name. Subscribe here: http://9Soci.al/chmP50wA97J Full Episodes here http://9Soci.al/sImy50wNiXL The red flash of his fighter plane would strike fear into enemy pilots, but in April 1918, as the war was nearing its end, von Richthofen faltered and chased a plane across enemy lines. Canadian pilot Roy Brown intercepted him, fired his guns, and has been widely credited with bringing the great ace down. 60 Minutes will reveal new evidence which shows it was not the Canadian at all, but an Australian who finished off the Red Baron. The question is – which Australian? Was it Gunner Robert Buie, a fisherman from the Central Coast of NSW? Or was it Sergeant Cedric Popkin, a carpenter from the Tweed Valley on the NSW/QLD border? Allison Langdon speaks to the children of both men, who each claim it was their dad, and recreates the incident from every angle to finally solve this mystery.

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