Both men were also keen competitors, which meant that von Richthofen did not consider Voß a threat to his record but instead he saw him as a worthy competitor. In fact von Richthofen so admired Voß' flying abilities that he pushed to get him transferred to Jagdgeschwader I.
Von Richthofen was also known to have visited the Voß family on at least one occasion just to let them know their was son was alive and doing fine. On another occasion, Voß had just arrived in an new area of the front and von Richthofen decided to give him a quick tour of the area. As they were out checking out the area they happened upon a British two seater. Because von Richthofen was more familiar Voß covered for von Richthofen while he dispatched the foe. Quoting from von Richthofen's war time memoirs:
At the time of his death, Voß was twelve victories short of von Richthofen's total. On that fateful evening, while low on fuel, he happened across two aircraft of No. 60 Squadron. von Richthofen was on hospital leave recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. Voß had surprise on his side, or so he thought and he attacked the two planes, driving them into the ground. If he would have been successful he would have raised his score to fifty. The last two aircraft would have been his second and third victory on that day. Unfortunately for Voß, No. 56 Squadron was flying top cover and Voß was jumped with little chance of escape.