The one thing I got reminded of in those videos was, "ground support and team work". The Germans at the time recognized a star fighter pilot and gave him all the team type support they could.
I've worked for an over-the-top personality. The best thing myself and the other pilots could do was hold him up as an Icon. We made good money for a couple years until he forgot that there is no "I" in team. The best aviators always seem to be their own worst enemies. I think the one thing that Manfred should be remembered for: the first aviator that forgot his ground support crew that made it all possible.
I've read a couple books from and on Pappy Boyington. He may have got shot down taken prisoner but he was always grateful for the people that made it all possible. Watch his show "Ba Ba Blacksheep and various documentaries, he gave the ground crew much of his credit for his success. Just like the quarterback needs a good set of linemen to give him the time to find a receiver.
Klaus Marx - Piper Pacer Pilot
Juneau, AK & Wenatchee, WA . . . . . . Click on Link Bar to view the 'non-profit' group.