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Gerhard Barkhorn

Major Barkhorn is the second highest scoring ace of all time, credited with 301 kills. By some accounts he was the greatest pure fighter pilot in the German Luftwaffe. He spent virtually his entire combat career on the Eastern Front with JG52, JG44 and finally JG6. Winner of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

 

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GŁnther Rall

The third-highest-scoring ace of all time with 275 victories, himself being shot down 8 times. Rising to the rank of Major, Rall served on both the Eastern and Western fronts, flying over 800 missions, most of them in his favorite mount, the Messerschmitt Bf109G-2. Winner of the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. He survived the war.

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Otto Kittel

Otto was the most successful fighter pilot of JG54 when he was killed in action in Latvia on February 14, 1945. His final score, 267 confirmed victories, made him the fourth highest scoring fighter ace of all time. Winner of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

 

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Major Walter Nowotny

nowi.jpg (9502 bytes)Major Walter "Nowi" Nowotny was a leading German fighter ace with 255 kills and was one of only 27 men to win the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.

At 24 years of age, Nowotny became commander of the tactical training squadron at Lechfeld. In characteristic manner he threw himself into his new duties with great zeal and the squadron became known as Kommando Nowotny. This squadron was the first detachment to use the new Me-262 jet fighter in July, 1944.

Major Nowotny died on November 8, 1944 when after disobeying an order not to fly by General Adolph Galland, he was shot down while intercepting a stream of B-17s headed for Germany. A saddened Galland eulogized him as "the best young man Germany had."

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