Like many German First World War airmen, Lothar von Richthofen, the Red Baron's younger sibling, had a very superstitious nature about him. Lothar quite conspicuously began his military career by flying into battle with a lucky riding crop at his side in the cockpit. So it was, until older brother Manfred saw fit to convince him to trade-in the equestrian accouterment for his very own pair of "lucky" leather flying gloves. The reasoning being, if the gloves brought older brother good luck they would do the same for him. Perhaps they did at that, as Lothar not only survived a monumental case of triskaidekaphobia but also survived the war itself, with a total of 40 aerial victories no less; exactly half his brother's tally.