List of World War II aces from Germany

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Messerschmitt Bf 109, the backbone of the Luftwaffe fighter force in World War II

This is a list of fighter aces in World War II from Germany. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat.[1] German day and night fighter pilots claimed roughly 70,000 aerial victories during World War II, 25,000 over British or American and 45,000 over Russian flown aircraft. 103 German fighter pilots shot down more than 100 enemy aircraft for a total of roughly 15,400 aerial victories. Roughly a further 360 pilots claimed between 40 and 100 aerial victories for round about 21,000 victories. Another 500 fighter pilots claimed between 20 and 40 victories for a total of 15,000 victories. It is relatively certain that 2,500 German fighter pilots attained ace status, having achieved at least 5 aerial victories.[2] These achievements were honored with 453 German day and Zerstörer (destroyer) pilots having received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. 85 night fighter pilots, including 14 crew members, were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.[3]

German losses on the other hand were very high as well. Roughly 12,000 German day fighter pilots were killed or are still missing in action with a further 6,000 being wounded. The Zerstörer (destroyer) pilots suffered about 2,800 casualties, either killed or missing in action, plus another 900 wounded in action. German night fighter losses were in the magnitude of 3,800 pilots or crew members killed or missing and 1,400 wounded.[4]

Background[edit]

There are a number of reasons why Germany's highest-scoring pilots shot down many more aircraft than the most successful Allied pilots. During the first years of the war, German day fighter pilots tended to enjoy favourable tactical circumstances; for instance, during the Battle of Britain British pilots generally tried to attack the German bombers rather than the fighters protecting them. German combat tactics during this period also tended to be superior to those of the Allies, with formation leaders in particular often having a higher chance of success.[5]

Formal and informal Luftwaffe practices also contributed to the high numbers of victories achieved by some pilots. The normal practice in fighter units was for the highest-scoring pilot to lead formations, regardless of their rank, which placed them in the best position to shoot down Allied aircraft. The German pilots also typically conducted much more combat flying than their Allied equivalents: while the western Allied air forces frequently rested their fighter pilots, German pilots were required to fly until they became casualties.[5]

Accuracy of claims[edit]

In the 1990s, the German archives made available microfilm rolls of wartime records, not seen since January 1945, available to the public.[6] These showed that while in theory the Luftwaffe did not accept a kill without a witness, which was considered only a probable, in practice some units habitually submitted unwitnessed claims and these sometimes made it through the verification process, particularly if they were made by pilots with already established records.[6] In theory the Luftwaffe did not accept shared claims, but it happened. In theory each separate claim should have referred to a particular aircraft, but in practice some victories were awarded to other pilots who had claimed the destruction of the same aircraft.[6] In 1943 the daily OKW communiques (Wehrmachtbericht) of this period habitually overstated American bomber losses by a factor of two or more. Defenders of German fighter pilots have always maintained that these were reduced during the confirmation process. But the microfilms prove this not to be the case.[6] Some 80 – 90 percent of the claims submitted were confirmed or found to be "in order" for confirmation up to the time the system broke down altogether in 1945.[6]

  This along with the * (asterisk), indicates that the pilot was either killed in action (KIA), missing in action (MIA), died of wounds (DOW) or killed in a flying accident (KIFA).

A[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Franz Achleitner Oberleutnant 5 JG 3
Heinz-Günther Adam Leutnant 7 JG 26
Horst Ademeit* Major 166[7] JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 7 August 1944
Walter Adolph* Hauptmann 24 (+1 in Spain; +4 unconfirmed)[8] JG 27, JG 26 Knight's Cross
KIA 18 September 1941
Ulrich Adrian* Oberleutnant 5 JG 5, JG 7 KIFA 5 October 1941
Heinrich-Wilhelm Ahnert* Oberfeldwebel 57[8] JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 15 August 1942
Peter Ahrens Leutnant 11 JG 26
Johann Aistleitner* Hauptmann 12 JG 26 KIA 14 January 1944
Egon Albrecht* Hauptmann 25[8] ZG 76, SKG 210, ZG 1, JG 76 Knight's Cross
KIA 25 August 1944
Rudolf Alf* Oberfeldwebel 12 JG 2 KIFA 26 November 1944
Ernst-George Altnorthoff Oberleutnant 11 JG 27
Alfred Ambs Leutnant 7 JG 7
Peter Andel Leutnant 6 JG 26
Ernst Andres* Oberleutnant 28 NJG 2, NJG 4 Knight's Cross
KIA 11 February 1945
Lorenz Andreson 8 JG 5
Heinz Arnold* Oberfeldwebel 49 JG 5, JG 7 KIA 17 April 1945
Hans-Jakob Arnoldy* Leutnant 7 JG 77 KIA 14 April 1941
Rudolf Artner 20 JG 5
Hans-Heinz Augenstein* Hauptmann 46[9] NJG 1 Knight's Cross
KIA 7 December 1944
Jakob Augustin* Leutnant 15 JG 2 MIA 15 July 1942

B[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Sophus Baagoe* Hauptmann 14 ZG 76 Knight's Cross
KIA 14 May 1941
Werner Baake Hauptmann 41[9] NJG 1 Knight's Cross
Emil Babenz Oberfeldwebel 24 JG 26
Herbert Bachnick* Leutnant 80 JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 7 August 1944
Erwin Bacsila Major 34 ZG 1, JG 26, JG 52, JG 77, JG 400, JG 3, JG 301
Johann Badum* Leutnant 54 JG 77 Knight's Cross
KIA 12 January 1943
Jens Bahnsen* Feldwebel 18 JG 27, JG 53
Günther Bahr Oberfeldwebel 37 NJG 6 Knight's Cross
Hans-Joachim Bahr 7 JG 5
Wilhelm Balthasar* Major 47(+7 in Spain) JG 27, JG 3, JG 2, JG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 3 July 1941
"Pritzel" Heinrich Bär Oberst 220[10] JG 51, JG 77, JG 1, JG 3, EJG 2, JV 44 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Herbert Bareuther* Leutnant 55 JG 51, JG 3 German Cross in Gold
KIA 30 April 1945
"Gerd" Gerhard Barkhorn Major 301[10] JG 2, JG 52, JG 6, JV 44 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Gerhard Bärsdorf* Leutnant 7 JG 300 KIA 28 July 1944
Heinrich Bartels* Oberfeldwebel 99[11] JG 5, JG 27 Knight's Cross
KIA 23 December 1944
Franz Barten* Hauptmann 52 JG 51, JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 4 August 1944
Erich Bartz Unteroffizier 30 JG 51
"Willi" Wilhelm Batz Major 237[10] JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Helmut Baudach* Oberfeldwebel 20 JG 2
EKdo 262
Kdo Nowotny
JG 7
Franz Bauer* Hauptmann 9 JG 53 KIA 18 June 1944
Herbert Bauer Major 11 St.G 2, SG 103
Konrad Bauer Oberleutnant 57 JG 51, JG 3, JG 300 Knight's Cross
Viktor Bauer Oberst 106[12] JG 3 Knight's Cross
Karl-Heinz Becker Feldwebel 7 NJG 11
Ludwig Becker* Hauptmann 46[9] NJG 11 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Martin Becker Hauptmann 58 NJG 4, NJG 6 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Paul Becker Leutnant 20 JG 27
Friedrich Beckh* Oberstleutnant 48 JG 51, JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 21 June 1942
Franz-Josef Beerenbrock Leutnant 117[13] JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Artur Beese Oberleutnant 22 JG 26
Wilhelm Beier Oberleutnant 38 NJG 2, NJG 1 Knight's Cross
Hans Beißwenger* Oberleutnant 152[14] JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
MIA 6 March 1943
Ludwig Bellof Oberfeldwebel 25 Knight's Cross
Helmut Belser* Hauptmann 36 JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 19 June 1942
Karl-Heinz Bendert Oberleutnant 55 JG 27, JG 104 Knight's Cross
Helmut Bennemann Oberstleutnant 93 JG 52, JG 53 Knight's Cross
Anton Benning Leutnant 28 JG 106, JG 301 Knight's Cross
Sigfried Benz Leutnant 6 JG 26
Helmut Bergmann Hauptmann 36 NJG 4, NJG 1 Knight's Cross
Heinz-Edgar Berres* Hauptmann 53 JG 53 Knight's Cross
MIA 25 July 1943
Hans Berschwinger Oberfeldwebel 20 NJG 1, NJG 2
Günther Bertram Oberleutnant 35 KG 4, NJG 100
Otto Bertram Major 22(9 in Spain) J/88, JG 2, JG 101, JG 6 Knight's Cross
Arthur Beth 16 JG 5
Siegfried Bethke Hauptmann 14 JG 2
Erich Beulich 10 JG 5
Ernst Beutelspacher* Oberleutnant 5 SG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 22 July 1944
Gerhard Beutin* Oberfeldwebel 60 JG 54
Franz Beyer* Major 81 JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 11 February 1944
Georg Beyer Oberleutnant 8 JG 26
Heinz Beyer Oberfeldwebel 33 JG 5
Heinz Birk 14 JG 5
Hans-Joachim Birkner* Leutnant 117[13] JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIFA 14 December 1944
Emil Bitsch* Hauptmann 108[12] JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 15 March 1944
Franz Blazytko Oberfeldwebel 30 JG 27
Joachim Blechschmidt* Oberstleutnant 17 ZG 1 Knight's Cross
MIA 13 July 1943
Günther Bleckmann* Major 33 SG 1, SG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 1 June 1944
Paul Bley* Oberleutnant 9 ZG 26 KIFA 28 October 1944
Günther Blömertz Leutnant 10 JG 26
Walter Blume Major 14 JG 26, JG 27
Hans-Ekkehard Bob Major 60 JG 54, JG 3, JG 51, EJG 2, JV 44 Knight's Cross
Eberhard Bock* Hauptmann 28 JG 3, JG 1, JG 104, JG 27 KIA 28 May 1944
Paul Bohm 6 NJG 2
Karl Böhm-Tettelbach Oberstleutnant 10 ZG 26
Kurt Bohn Feldwebel 5 JG 26
Otto Böhner Oberleutnant 5 JG 53
Helmut-Felix Bolz Major 20 (+3 in Spain) JG 2
Eckart-Wilhelm von Bonin Major 39 NJG 1 Knight's Cross
Hubertus von Bonin* Oberstleutnant 77(+4 in Spain) JG 26, JG 52, JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 15 December 1943
Adolf Borchers Major 132[15] JG 51, JG 52 Knight's Cross
Walter Borchers* Oberstleutnant 59 ZG 76, NJG 3, NJG 5 Knight's Cross
KIA 6 March 1945
Eberhard von Boremski Hauptmann 104 JG 3, EJG 1 Knight's Cross
Ernst Börngen Hauptmann 41 JG 27 Knight's Cross
Hans-Joachim Borreck Unteroffizier 5 JG 26
Karl Borris Major 43 JG 26 Knight's Cross
Oscar Bösch 18 JG 3
Wolfgang Böwing-Treuding* Oberleutnant 46 JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 11 February 1943
Franz Bozicek 5 JG 5
Felix-Maria Brandis* Oberleutnant 18 JG 5
Kurt Brändle* Major 180[7] JG 53, JG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 3 November 1943
Paul Brandt Leutnant 30 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 24 December 1944
Walter Brandt Oberleutnant 57 LG 2, JG 77, JG 3 Knight's Cross
Peter Bremer Oberfeldwebel 40 JG 54
Joachim Brendel Hauptmann 189[7] JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Heinz Bretnütz* Hauptmann 37 JG 53 Knight's Cross
DOW 27 June 1941
Klaus Bretschneider* Oberleutnant 34 JG 300 KIA 24 December 1944
Wendelin Breukel Leutnant 14 NJG 2, NJG 4
Adolf Breves Hauptmann 17 NJG 1
Hugo Broch Leutnant 81 JG 54 Knight's Cross
Friedrich Brock Hauptmann 8 JG 54, JG 26
Horst Brock* Leutnant 17 JG 3 KIA 3 November 1943
Jürgen Brocke* Leutnant 42 JG 77 Knight's Cross
KIA 15 September 1942
Herbert Broennle* Leutnant 58 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 4 July 1943
Albert Brunner* Oberfeldwebel 53 JG 5 Knight's Cross
KIA 7 May 1943
Hermann Buchner Leutnant 58 SG 2, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Max Bucholz Major 30 JG 3, JG 5, JG 101 Knight's Cross
Alfred Budde* Leutnant 21 JG 54 KIA 27 December 1944
Adolf Buhl* Oberleutnant 7 LG 2 KIA 27 September 1940
"Bu-Mann" Kurt Bühligen Oberstleutnant 112[12] JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Harry von Bülow-Bothkamp Oberst 18 (+6 in World War I) JG 77, JG 2, NJG 101, NJG 105 Knight's Cross
Johannes Bunzek* Leutnant 75[16] JG 52 Knight's Cross
11 December 1943
Eberhard Burath Oberleutnant 7 JG 1, JG 51
Lutz-Wilhelm Burckhardt Hauptmann 69 JG 77, JG 1 Knight's Cross
Alfred Burk Oberleutnant 28 JG 52, JG 27
Josef Bürschgens Hauptmann 10 JG 26
Erwin Busch Oberleutnant 8 JG 26
Rudolf Busch 40 JG 51
Heinz Busse Oberleutnant 22 JG 51
Erich Büttner* Oberfeldwebel 8 EKdo 262, Kdo Nowotny, JG 7 KIA 20 March 1945
Johannes Büttner 16 JG 51
Bruno Buzzi 9 JG 5

C[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Horst Carganico* Major 60 JG 5 Knight's Cross
KIA 27 May 1944
Georg Christl Major 7 ZG 26, JG 10 Knight's Cross
Ernst Christof Feldwebel 9 JG 26
Emil Clade Hauptmann 27 JG 27 90th birthday in 2006
Erwin Clausen* Major 132[15] JG 77, JG 11 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 4 October 1943
Max Clerico 7 JG 54
Helmut Conter Leutnant 15 NJG 100
Heino Cordes Leutnant 62 JG 54
Wilhelm Crinius Leutnant 114[13] JG 53 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Peter Crump Leutnant 31 JG 26
Franz Czech Feldwebel 60 JG 3

D[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Walther Dahl Oberst 128[15] JG 3, JG 300 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Hugo Dahmer Hauptmann 57 JG 26, JG 5, JG 2 Knight's Cross
Helmut Dahms Oberfeldwebel 24 NJG 100
Friedrich Dahn 26 JG 5
Paul-Heinrich Dähne* Hauptmann 99 JG 52, JG 1 Knight's Cross
Hans Dammers* Leutnant 113[12] JG 52 Knight's Cross
DOW 17 March 1944
Emil Darjes 82 JG 54
Rudi Dassow Leutnant 22 ZG 76, JG 6 Knight's Cross
Karl-Emil Demuth 16 JG 1
Gustav Denk* Oberleutnant 67 JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 13 February 1943
Adolf Dickfeld Oberst 136[14] JG 52, JG 2, JG 11 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Erwin Diekwisch Hauptmann 12 StG 1 Knight's Cross
Ulrich Diesing Generalmajor 15 ZG 1 Knight's Cross
Fritz Dinger* Oberleutnant 67 JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 27 July 1943
Hans Dipple Hauptmann 19 JG 26
Hans Dirksen Feldwebel 5 JG 26
Heinrich Dittlmann Oberfeldwebel 57 JG 51
Gottfried Ditze Leutnant 5 JG 26
Anton Döbele* Leutnant 94 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 11 November 1943
Hans Döbrich Feldwebel 65 JG 5 Knight's Cross
Kurt Dombacher Oberleutnant 68 JG 5, JG 51 Knight's Cross
Otto Dommeratzky* Leutnant 38 LG 2, Sch.G 1, SG 2, SG 151 KIA 13 October 1944
Georg Dörffel* Major 30 LG 2, SG 1, SG 4 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 26 May 1944
Arnold Döring Leutnant 23 KG 53, NJG 300,
JG 3, JG 5
Knight's Cross
Franz Dörr Hauptmann 128[15] JG 5 Knight's Cross
Edgar Dörre Feldwebel 9 JG 26
Hans Dortenmann Oberleutnant 38 JG 26, JG 54 Knight's Cross
Heinrich Dreisbach 16 JG 5
Martin Drewes Major 52 ZG 76, NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Ernst-Georg Drünkler Hauptmann 47 ZG 2, NJG 1, NJG 5 Knight's Cross
Alfred Druschel* Oberst 7 LG 2, SG 1, SG 4 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
MIA 1 January 1945
Rudi Düding 18 NJG 100
Ernst Düllberg Major 45 JG 3, JG 27, JG 76, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Peter Düttmann Oberleutnant 150[14] JG 52 Knight's Cross

E[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Karl Ebbighausen Hauptmann 7 JG 26
Heinz Ebeling Oberleutnant 18 JG 26 Knight's Cross
Kurt Ebener Oberleutnant 57 JG 3, JG 11 Knight's Cross
Kurt Ebersberger Hauptmann 27 JG 26
Helmut Eberspächer Hauptmann 7 SKG 10 Knight's Cross
Manfred Eberwein Oberleutnant 56 JG 54
Reinhold Eckardt* Oberleutnant 22 NJG 1, NJG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 30 July 1942
Franz Eckerle* Hauptmann 59 JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
MIA 14 February 1942
Georg-Peter Eder Major 78 JG 51, JG 26, JG 1, JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Johannes Edmann Oberfeldwebel 5 JG 26
Walter Ehle* Major 39 NJG 1 Knight's Cross
KIA 17 November 1943
Karl-Heinz Ehlen Leutnant 7 JG 26
Hans Ehlers* Major 54 JG 3, JG 1 Knight's Cross
KIA 27 December 1944
Rudolf Ehrenberger* Oberfeldwebel 49 JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 8 March 1944
Heinrich Ehrler* Major 209[10] JG 5, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 4 April 1945
Diethelm von Eichel-Streiber Major 96 JG 1, JG 26, JG 51, JG 27, JV 44 Knight's Cross
Günther Eichhorn 7 JG 5
Heinrich Eickhoff Oberleutnant 6 JG 27
Heinrich Graf von Einsiedel Oberleutnant 35 JG 3 German Cross in Gold
Franz Eisenach Major 129[15] JG 54 Knight's Cross
Xaver Ellenrieder Leutnant 12 JG 26
Franz Elles Feldwebel 5 JG 27
Walter Engel Hauptmann 10 NJG 1, NJG 5 Knight's Cross
Siegfried Engfer Oberleutnant 58 JG 3, JG 1 Knight's Cross
Hubert Engst Oberfeldwebel 20 JG 300
Dieter Erichsen Oberfähnrich 5 NJG 4, NJG 6
Albert Espenlaub* Oberfeldwebel 14 JG 27
Wolf-Udo Ettel* Oberleutnant 124[13] JG 3, JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 17 July 1943
Heinz Ewald Leutnant 84 JG 5, JG 52 Knight's Cross
Wolfgang Ewald Major 78 (+1 in Spain) JG 52, JG 3 Knight's Cross

F[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Wolfgang Falck Oberst 7 ZG 1, NJG 1 Knight's Cross
Horst-Günther von Fassong* Hauptmann 136[15] JG 51, JG 11 Knight's Cross
KIA 1 January 1945
Hans-Joachim Fast Unteroffizier 5 JG 26
Leopold Fellerer Hauptmann 41[9] NJG 1, NJG 5, NJG 6 Knight's Cross
Georg Fengler Oberleutnant 16 NJG 4
Herbert Findeisen Hauptmann 67 JG 54 Knight's Cross
Günter Fink* Hauptmann 46 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 15 May 1943
August Fischer Hauptmann 10 NJG 100
Erwin Fleig Leutnant 66 JG 51 Knight's Cross
Josef Flögel Oberfeldwebel 25 NJG 1 Knight's Cross
Otto Fönnekold* Oberleutnant 136[15] JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 31 August 1944
Hermann Förster* Oberfeldwebel 13 JG 27
Josef Fözö Major 27 (3 in Spain) JG 51, JG 108 Knight's Cross
Gustav Francsi Oberleutnant 56 NJG 100 Knight's Cross
Hans-Dieter Frank* Major 55 NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIFA 27/28 September 1943
Rudolf Frank* Leutnant 45[9] NJG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 26/27 April 1945
Alfred Franke* Leutnant 60 JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 9 September 1942
Richard Franz Oberleutnant 18 JG 27, JG 77, JG 3, JG 11
Ludwig Franzisket Major 43 JG 27 Knight's Cross
Hans Frese Leutnant 44 JG 3
Wilhelm Freuwörth Oberfeldwebel 58 JG 52, JG 26 Knight's Cross
Hugo Frey* Hauptmann 32 JG 11, JG 1 Knight's Cross
KIA 6 March 1944
Siegfried Freytag Major 102[11] JG 77 Knight's Cross
Herbert Friebel Leutnant 58 JG 51 Knight's Cross
Gerhard Friedrich* Major 33 NJG 1, NJG 4, NJG 6 Knight's Cross
KIA 16 March 1945
Gustav Frielinghaus Hauptmann 74[16] JG 3 Knight's Cross
Heinz de Fries Oberfeldwebel 10 NJG 100
Hans-Jürgen Frölich Feldwebel 5 JG 26
Karl Fuchs Oberfeldwebel 67 JG 54
Robert Fuchs Oberfeldwebel 23 JG 54
Erich Führmann Oberfeldwebel 5 JG 11
Heinrich Füllgrabe* Oberleutnant 67 JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 30 January 1945
Ralph Furch Leutnant 32 JG 51
Hans Fuß* Leutnant 71 JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIFA 10 November 1942

G[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Pepi Gabl Oberfeldwebel 38 JG 51
Otto Gaiser Leutnant 74[16] JG 51 Knight's Cross
"Dolfo" Adolf Galland Generalleutnant 104[12] JG 27, JG 26, JV 44 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
Paul Galland* Leutnant 17 JG 26
Wilhelm-Ferdinand (Wutz) Galland* Major 55 JG 26 Knight's Cross
Bernd Gallowitsch Major 64 JG 51, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Fritz Gammel* Oberfeldwebel 19 JG 53 MIA 4 September 1942
Josef Gärtner Oberfeldwebel 6 JG 26
Wilhelm Gäth Major 14 JG 26
Werner Gayko 13 JG 5
August Geiger* Hauptmann 54 NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 29/30 September 1943
Friedrich Geisshardt* Hauptmann 102[11] LG 2, JG 77, JG 26, JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 6 April 1942
Wolfgang Gendelmeyer* Leutnant 10 JG 3 KIA 1 August 1942
Hannes Gentzen Major 18 JG 102
Dieter Gerhard Oberleutnant 8 JG 1
Günther Gerhards 18 JG 52
Werner Gerhardt 13 JG 2, JG 1, JG 26
Erich Gerlitz* Major 18 JG 51, JG 27, JG 53, JG 5
Werner Gerth* Hauptmann 27 JG 3, JG 300, JG 400 Knight's Cross
Paul Gildner* Oberleutnant 48[9] NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIFA 24/25 February 1943
Gerhard Gleuwitz 13 JG 52
Rudolf Glockner Oberleutnant 32 JG 5, JG 7 German Cross in Gold
Adolf Glunz Oberleutnant 71[16] JG 26, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Heinz Golinski* Feldwebel 47 JG 53 Knight's Cross
Gordon Gollob Oberst 150[14] JG 3, JG 77 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
Kurt Goltzsch* Oberleutnant 43 JG 2 Knight's Cross
Heinz Gomann 12 JG 26, JG 7
Heinz Gossow Oberfeldwebel 13 KG 33, JG 300, JG 301, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Heinz Gottlob 6 JG 26
Franz Götz Major 63 JG 53, JG 26 Knight's Cross
Hans Götz* Hauptmann 82 JG 54 Knight's Cross
Walter Grabmann Generalmajor 6 (+7 in Spain) LG 1, ZG 76 Knight's Cross
Hermann Graf Oberst 212[10] JG 52, JG 11 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
Hartmann Grasser Major 103[12] JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Berthold Graßmuck* Oberfeldwebel 65 JG 52 Knight's Cross
Karl Gratz Leutnant 138[14] JG 52, JG 2 Knight's Cross
Hermann Greiner Hauptmann 50[9] NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Karl-Heinz Greisert* Major 34 JG 2, JG 3 KIA 22 July 1942
Heinz Grimm* Leutnant 27 NJG 1 Knight's Cross
DOW 13 October 1943
Josef Grimm Unteroffizier 5 JG 27
Alfred Grislawski Hauptmann 133[15] JG 52, JG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Helmuth Grollmus* Leutnant 75[16] JG 54 Knight's Cross
Fritz Gromotka Leutnant 29 JG 27 Knight's Cross
Alfred Gross Leutnant 52 JG 54, JG 26
Erich Groth 13 ZG 2, ZG 76
Viktor Gruber Feldwebel 10 JG 27
Hans Grünberg Oberleutnant 82 JG 3, JG 52, JG 7 JV 44 Knight's Cross
Walter Grünlinger 7 JG 26
Gerhard Grzymalla 7 JG 26
Hermann Guhl 15 LG 2, JG 26
Joachim Günther 11 JG 26
Gerhard Guttmann 10 JG 26

H[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Friedrich Haas Leutnant 74[16] JG 52 Knight's Cross
Horst Haase* Major 56 JG 51, JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 26 November 1944
Wilhelm Hachfeld* Hauptmann 12 LG 2, JG 51, ZG 2 Knight's Cross
KIFA 2 December 1942
August Hachtel Oberleutnant 5 JG 400 Knight's Cross
Joachim Hacker Leutnant 32 JG 51
Anton Hackl Major 192[7] JG 77, JG 11, JG 26, JG 300 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Heinrich "Heinz" Hackler* Leutnant 56 JG 77 Knight's Cross
KIA 1 January 1945
Heinz-Martin Hadeball Hauptmann 33 NJG 1, NJG 4, NJG 6, NJGr 10 Knight's Cross
Anton "Toni" Hafner* Oberleutnant 204[7] JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 17 October 1944
Ludwig Häfner* Leutnant 52 JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 10 November 1942
Walter Hagenah Leutnant 17 JG 3, JG 7
Johannes Hager Hauptmann 48 NJG 1 Knight's Cross
Franz Hahn* Hauptmann 17 JG 77, JG 51, JG 4 KIA 22 January 1944
Hans "Assi" Hahn Major 108[12] JG 2, JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Hans von Hahn Major 34 JG 53, JG 1, JG 103 Knight's Cross
Hans Hahn* Leutnant 13 NJG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 11/12 October 1941
Josef Haiböck Hauptmann 77 JG 26, JG 52, JG 3 Knight's Cross
Heinz Halstrick 13 JG 5
Joachim Hamer Leutnant 35 JG 51
Alfred Hammer 26 JG 53
Karl Hammerl* Leutnant 67 JG 52 Knight's Cross
MIA 2 March 1943
Gotthard Handrick Oberst 10 (+5 in Spain) JG 26, JG 77 Gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics
Heinz Hanke 9 JG 1
Günther Hannak Hauptmann 47 LG 2, JG 77, JG 27 Knight's Cross
Horst Hannig* Oberleutnant 98[11] JG 54, JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 15 May 1943
Harro Harder Hauptmann 22 (+11 in Spain) JG 53
Jürgen Harder* Major 64 JG 53, JG 11 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIFA 17 February 1945
Hans Hartigs Oberleutnant 7 JG 26
Andreas Hartl Feldwebel 11 JG 302
"Bubi" Erich Hartmann Major 352[10] JG 52, JG 53 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
Ludwig Hartmann 10 JG 2
Hans-Dieter Hartwein 16 JG 5
Horst Hasse 82 JG 51, JG 3
Helmut Haugk Hauptmann 18 ZG 76, ZG 26 Knight's Cross
Werner Haugk* Leutnant 9 StG 77, ZG 76 Knight's Cross
KIA 18 October 1944
Wilhelm Hauswirth Feldwebel 54 JG 52
Alfred Heckmann Oberleutnant 71 JG 3, JG 26, JV 44 Knight's Cross
Günther Heckmann Leutnant 20 JG 51, JG 1, JG 7
Hubert Heckmann 5 JG 1, JG 7
Guenther Otto Heeger Hauptmann 90
Alfred Heidel 9 JG 27
Joseph Heim* Gefreiter 5 JG 7 KIA 10 April 1945
Friedrich Heimann Oberfeldwebel 30 JG 51
Kurt Hein Feldwebel 8 JG 26
Hans-Joachim Heinecke Hauptmann 28 JG 27
Engelbert Heiner* Oberleutnant 15 NJG 6 Knight's Cross
KIA 18/19 March 1945
Richard Heller* Leutnant 22 ZG 26, ZG 10 Knight's Cross
KIA 5 April 1945
Bodo Helms 6 JG 5
Horst Hennig* Hauptmann 7 KG 77, NJG 3 Knight's Cross
KIFA 7/8 October 1944
Eberhard Henrici Oberleutnant 7 JG 26
Helmut Henz* Hauptmann 6 JG 77 KIA 25 May 1941
Wilhelm Herget Major 73 ZG 76, NJG 3, NJG 1, NJG 4, JV 44 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Kurt Hermann 9 NJG 2
Rolf Hermichen Major 64 JG 26, JG 11, JG 104 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Hajo Herrmann Oberst 9 KG 4, KG 30, JG 300 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Heinrich Heuser Feldwebel 5 JG 26
Hans-Joachim Heyer* Leutnant 53 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 9 November 1942
Otto-Heinrich Hilleke Leutnant 6 JG 26
Ernst-Erich Hirschfeld* Oberleutnant 24 JG 300, JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 28 July 1944
Heinz-Horst Hißbach* Hauptmann 34 NJG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 15 April 1945
Walter Höckner* Major 68 JG 77, JG 26, JG 1, JG 4 Knight's Cross
KIFA 25 August 1944
Heinrich Höfemeier* Oberleutnant 96 JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 7 August 1943
Friedrich Hoffmann* Leutnant 11 JG 27
Gerhard Hoffmann* Leutnant 125[13] JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIFA 17 April 1945
Heinrich Hoffmann* Oberfeldwebel 63 JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Hermann Hoffmann 8 JG 26
Karl Hoffmann 70 JG 52
Reinhold Hoffmann* Leutnant 67 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 24 May 1944
Werner Hoffmann Major 51 ZG 2, NJG 3, NJG 5 Knight's Cross
Karl-Wilhelm Hofmann* Oberleutnant 44 JG 26 Knight's Cross
KIA 26 March 1945
Erich Hohagen Major 56 JG 51, JG 2, JG 27, JG 7, JV 44 Knight's Cross
Werner Hohenberg Oberfeldwebel 33 JG 52, JG 2
Georg Höhn 6 JG 5
Walter Holl 7 JG 26
Kurt Holler 18 NJG 2, NJG 3, NJG 4
Helmuth Holtz 56 JG 51
Gerhard Homuth* Major 63 JG 27, JG 54 Knight's Cross
MIA 2 August 1943
Helmuth Hoppe 24 JG 26
Jürgen Hörschelmann Oberleutnant 44 JG 3
Walter Horten 7 JG 26
Anton Horwick* Oberfeldwebel 27 NJG 2, NJG 7 Knight's Cross
KIA 19 February 1945
Dietrich Hrabak Oberst 125[13] JG 76, JG 54, JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Franz Hrdlicka* Hauptmann 60 JG 77, JG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 25 March 1945
Rudolf Hübl 20 JG 1
Eckhard Hübner* Leutnant 47 JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 28 March 1942
Werner Hübner 7 JG 51
Wilhelm Hübner* Leutnant 62 JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 7 April 1945
Karl Hülshoff 11 NJG 2
Herbert Huppertz* Major 68 JG 51, JG 5, JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 8 June 1944
Werner Husemann Major 34 NJG 1, NJG 3 Knight's Cross
Wolf-Dietrich Huy Hauptmann 40 JG 77 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves

I[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Hans Iffland 18 JG 3
Herbert Ihlefeld Oberst 130 (+7 in Spain)[15] I(J)/LG 2, JG 77, JG 52,
JGr.25, JG 11, JG 1
Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Iro Ilk* Major 10 LG 1, JG 300 Knight's Cross
KIA 25 September 1944
Eduard Isken Oberfeldwebel 56 JG 77, JGr 200,
I(F)/123, JG 53
Knight's Cross

J[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Hans-Joachim Jabs Oberstleutnant 50[9] ZG 76, NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Ernst Jäckel Feldwebel 8 JG 26
Alfred Jakobi 10 JG 5
Erich Jauer 13 JG 26
Kurt Jenisch* Leutnant 9 JG 27
Peter Jenne* Hauptmann 17 JG 300 Knight's Cross
KIA 2 March 1945
Josef Jennewein* Leutnant 86 JG 26, JG 51 Knight's Cross
MIA 27 July 1943
Heinrich Jessen Oberleutnant 6 JG 26
Hans Johannsen Leutnant 8 JG 26
Wilhelm Johnen Hauptmann 34 NJG 1, NJG 5, NJG 6 Knight's Cross
Hermann-Friedrich Joppien* Hauptmann 70 JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 28 August 1941
Günther Josten Oberleutnant 178[7] JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Harald Jung Hauptmann 20 JG 51
Heinrich Jung* Hauptmann 68 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 30 July 1943

K[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Erbo Graf von Kageneck* Hauptmann 67 JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
DOW 12 January 1942
Emil Kaiser 8 JG 1
Herbert Kaiser Leutnant 68 JG 77, JG 1, JV 44 Knight's Cross
Peter Kalden Oberleutnant 84 JG 51 Knight's Cross
Rolf Kaldrack* Hauptmann 21 (+3 in Spain) ZG 76 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 3 February 1942
Adolf Kalkum Feldwebel 57 JG 53
Herbert Kaminski Major 7 ZG 76, JG 53 Knight's Cross
Fritz Karch Hauptmann 47 JG 2 Knight's Cross
Eberhard Kaross Leutnant 10 NJG 100
August Kayser 25
Dietrich Kehl Oberleutnant 6 JG 26
Georg Keil Leutnant 36 JG 2
Josef Keil Oberfeldwebel 16 JG 3, JG 301
Günther Kelch Hauptmann 13 JG 26
Hannes Keller Unteroffizier 24 JG 51
Lothar Keller Hauptmann 23 (+3 in Spain) JG 3 Knight's Cross
Kurt Kelter 60 JG 54
Heinz Kemethmüller Leutnant 89 JG 3, JG 26 Knight's Cross
Karl-Heinz Kempf* Leutnant 65 JG 54, JG 26 Knight's Cross
KIA 3 September 1944
Karl Kennel Major 34 ZG 26, ZG 2, SG 1, SG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Gerhard Keppler 12 JG 27
Georg Kiefner 12 JG 26, JV 44
Johannes Kiel* Hauptmann der Reserve 25 ZG 26, ZG 76 Knight's Cross
KIA 29 January 1944
Willy Kientsch* Oberleutnant 53 JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 29 January 1944
Rüdiger von Kirchmayr 29 JG 1, JG 11, JV 44
Joachim Kirschner* Hauptmann 188[7] JG 3, JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
17 December 1943
Otto Kittel* Oberleutnant 267[10] JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
16 February 1945
Ernst Klager 22 JG 53
Alfons Klein Oberleutnant 40 (+1 in Spain) JG 52, JG 11 Knight's Cross
Erich Klein 5 JG 5
Hans Klein 10 JG 52
Rudolf Klemm 42 JG 54, JG 26 Knight's Cross
Heinrich Klöpper* Oberleutnant 94 JG 51, JG 1 Knight's Cross
KIA 29 November 1943
Reinhold Knacke* Hauptmann 44 ZG 1, NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 3/4 February 1943
Kurt Knappe* Oberfeldwebel 56 JG 51, JG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 3 September 1943
Hans Knauth 26 JG 51
Emil Knittel 50 JG 54
Heinz Knoke Hauptmann 31 JG 1 & JG 11 Knight's Cross
1/2 victory {Not awarded}+12 unconfirmed
Gerhard Koall 37 JG 3, JG 54 Knight's Cross
Hans-Günther Koch 15 JG 51
Harry Koch 30 JG 26, JG 2
Josef Kociok* Oberfeldwebel 33 ZG 76, SKG 210, 10(NJ)/ZG 1 Knight's Cross
Hans-Heinrich Koenig 28 ZG 76, NJG 3, JG 11 Knight's Cross
Armin Köhler Major 69 JG 27, JG 77 Knight's Cross
Walter Köhne Leutnant 30 JG 52, JG 1, JG 11, EJG 2
Hans Kolbow Oberleutnant 27 JG 20, JG 51 Knight's Cross
Reinhard Kollak Stabsfeldwebel 49[9] NJG 1, NJG 4 Knight's Cross
Gerhard Köppen Leutnant 85 JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Hans-Günter von Kornatzki* Oberstleutnant 6 JG 132, JG 52, JG 4 KIA 12 September 1944
Friedrich Körner Oberleutnant 36 JG 27 Knight's Cross
Berthold Korts* Leutnant 113[12] JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 29 August 1943
Eduard Koslowski 13 JG 53, JG 26
Wolfgang Kosse 46 JG 26, JG 5, JG 1, JG 3
Alfons Köster Hauptmann 26 NJG 1, NJG 2, NJG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 6 January 1945
Franz Köster Unteroffizier 7
Willi Kothmann 13 JG 27
Herbert Kowalski 5 JG 27
Heinrich Krafft* Hauptmann 78 JG 51, JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 14 December 1942
Josef Kraft Hauptmann 56 NJG 1, NJG 6 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Karl-Heinz Krahl Hauptmann 24 JG 2, JG 3 Knight's Cross
Erich Krainik 13 JG 27
Herbert Krenz 12 JG 27
Hans-Joachim Kroschinski Leutnant 76 JG 54 Knight's Cross
Heinz Krug 9 JG 26
"the Count" Walter Krupinski Hauptmann 197[7] JG 52, JG 11, JG 26, JV 44 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Elias Kühlein Leutnant 36 JG 51
Wilhelm Küken Oberfeldwebel 45 JG 51, JGr Ost
Franz Kunz 12 JG 53, JG 26
Josef Kunz 16 JG 5
Herbert Kutscha Hauptmann 47 JG 3, JG 27, JG 11 Knight's Cross

L[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
August Lambert* Oberleutnant 116[13] SG 2, SG 77 Knight's Cross
KIA 17 April 1945
Günther Landt 23 JG 53
Emil "Bully" Lang* Hauptmann 173[7] JG 54, JG 26 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
18 in one day
Friedrich Lange Leutnant 8 JG 26
Gerhard Lange Hauptmann 5 JG 6
Heinz Lange Major 70 JG 21, JG 54, JG 51 Knight's Cross
Hans-Joachim Langer 10 JG 51, JG 7
Karl-Heinz Langer Major 30 JG 3 Knight's Cross
Erwin Laskowski Oberfeldwebel 46 JG 51, JG 11 Knight's Cross
Kurt Lasse* Oberleutnant 39 JG 77 Knight's Cross
KIA 8 October 1941
Karl Laub Oberfeldwebel 7 JG 26
Bernhard Lausch Oberfeldwebel 39 JG 51
Heinz Leber Leutnant 54 JG 51
Alois Lechner* Major 45 NJG 100, NJG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 23 February 1944
Karl-Heinz Leesmann* Major 37 JG 52, JG 1 Knight's Cross
KIA 25 July 1943
Erwin Leibold Oberfeldwebel 11 JG 26
Erich Leie* Major 118[13] JG 2, JG 51, JG 77 Knight's Cross
KIA 7 March 1945
Hermann Leiste Leutnant 29 JG 54
Siegfried Lemke Hauptmann 96 JG 2 Knight's Cross
Wilhelm Lemke* Hauptmann 131[15] JG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 4 December 1943
Helmut Lennartz Feldwebel 13 JG 11, JG 7, EKdo 262, Kdo Nowotny
Helmut Lent* Oberst 110 NJG 1, NJG 2, NJG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
Richard Leppla Major 68 JG 51, JG 105, JG 6 Knight's Cross
Heinrich Lesch 8 JG 5
Heinrich Leschert* Oberfeldwebel 23 JG 53 KIA 10 August 1942
Rudolf Leuschel Hauptmann 9 JG 26
Erwin Leykauf Oberleutnant 33 JG 54
Fritz Liebelt Leutnant 25 JG 51
Carl von Lieres Oberleutnant 31 JG 27
Frank Liesendahl* Hauptmann 50 JG 53, JG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 17 July 1942
Arnold Lignitz Major 25 JG 51, JG 54 Knight's Cross
Friedrich Lindelaub Oberfeldwebel 5 JG 26
Theodor Lindemann Oberleutnant 7 JG 26
Anton Lindner Oberleutnant 73[16] JG 51 Knight's Cross
Walter Lindner 64 JG 52
Lothar Linke* Oberleutnant 27 ZG 76, NJG 1, NJG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 14 May 1943
Rudi Linz* Leutnant 70 JG 5 Knight's Cross
KIA 9 February 1945
Helmut Lipfert Hauptmann 203[7] JG 52, JG 53 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld* Major 51 NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIFA 12 March 1944
Wolfgang Lippert* Hauptmann 29 (+4 in Spain) JG 53, JG 27 Knight's Cross
KIA 3 December 1941
Stefan Litjens Oberfeldwebel 38 JG 53 Knight's Cross
Gerhard Loos* Oberleutnant 92 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 6 March 1944
Walter Loos Oberfeldwebel 38 JG 301, JG 3 Knight's Cross
Fritz Losigkeit Major 68 JG 26, JG 1, JG 51, JG 77 Knight's Cross
August Lübking 38 JG 5, JG 7
Werner Lucas* Hauptmann 106[12] JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 24 October 1943
Max-Hermann Lücke* Oberleutnant 78 JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 8 November 1943
Fritz Lüddecke* Oberfeldwebel 51 JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 10 August 1944
Rudolf Lüder 6 JG 5
Herbert Lütje Oberstleutnant 50 NJG 1, NJG 6 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Johannes Lutter Hauptmann 12 ZG 1, ZG 76, ZG 2, SKG 210, SKG 10, SG 4 Knight's Cross
Richard Lutzka 5 JG 5
Günther Lützow* Oberst 108 (5 in Spain)[12] JG 3, JV 44 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
MIA 24 April 1945
August Luy 35 JG 5

M[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Ernst Maack 8 JG 27, JG 11
Werner Machold Oberleutnant 32 JG 2 Knight's Cross
Wilhelm Mackenstedt 6 JG 26
Anton Mader Oberstleutnant 86 JG 2, JG 77, JG 54 Knight's Cross
Heinz Mahlkuch 16 JG 77
Lothar Mai Leutnant 45 JG 51
Wilhelm Makrocki 9 ZG 76, JG 26
Günther Freiherr von Maltzahn Oberst 68 JG 53 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Gerhard Marburg* Oberfeldwebel 7 JG 3, JG 4 KIFA 3 September 1944
Heinz Marquardt Oberfeldwebel 121[13] JG 51 Knight's Cross
Hans-Joachim Marseille* Hauptmann 158[14] JG 52, JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
KIFA 30 September 1942
Karl-Heinrich Matern Hauptmann 12 ZG 1, ZG 76 Knight's Cross
Walter Matoni Major 34 JG 27, JG 26, JG 2, JG 11 Knight's Cross
Kurt Matzak Leutnant 18 NJG 1
Willi Maximowitz* Oberfeldwebel 27 JG 1, JG 3 MIA 20 April 1945
Lothar May 45 JG 51
Marian Mazurek* Feldwebel 35 JG 53 KIA 9 June 1943
Egon Mayer* Oberstleutnant 102[11] JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
KIA 2 March 1944
Hans-Karl Mayer Hauptmann 39 (+8 in Spain) JG 53, JG 26 Knight's Cross
KIA 17 October 1940
Otto Mayer 22 JG 27
Wilhelm Mayer Leutnant 27 JG 26 Knight's Cross
Maximilian Mayerl Hauptmann 76 JG 51, EJG 1 Knight's Cross
Erhardt Mecke 12 JG 5
Helmut Meckel Oberleutnant 21 JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIFA 8 May 1943
Johann-Hermann Meier* Leutnant 78 JG 26, JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 15 March 1944
Julius Meimberg Major 53 JG 2, JG 53 Knight's Cross
Dieter Meister* Oberleutnant 8 KG 40, ZG 1, JG 2 KIA 21 November 1944
Ludwig Meister Hauptmann 39 NJG 1, NJG 4 Knight's Cross
Karl-Heinz Meltzer Leutnant 74 JG 52
Arthur Mendl 9 JG 5
Robert Menge 20 (4 in Spain) JG 26
Karl Mentnich 7 JG 27
Hans-Jörg Merkel 30 JG 52
Helmut Mertens Hauptmann 97 JG 3 Knight's Cross
Werner Methfessel 8 LG 1
Rudolf Metz* Leutnant 10 JG 5, JG 3, JG 4 KIA 6 October 1944
Manfred Meurer* Hauptmann 65 NJG 1, NJG 5 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 21/22 January 1944
Conny Meyer 16 JG 26
Eduard Meyer* Leutnant 22 ZG 26 Knight's Cross
KIA 31 March 1942
Walter Meyer 18 JG 54, JG 26
Gerhard Michalski Oberstleutnant 73[16] JG 53, JG 4 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Rudolf Miethig* Hauptmann 101[11] JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 10 June 1943
Klaus Mietusch* Major 72[16] JG 26 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 17 September 1944
Wilhelm Mink* Oberfeldwebel 72[16] JG 51, EJG 1 Knight's Cross
KIA 12 March 1945
Bruno Mischkot 7 JG 26, JG 3, JG 2, EJG 2
Helmut Missner* Oberfeldwebel 82 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 12 September 1944
Erich Mix 13 (+3 in World War I) JG 1, JG 2, JG 53
Ernst-Wilhelm Modrow Major 34 NJG 1 Knight's Cross
"Vati" Werner Mölders* Oberst 115 (14 in Spain)[13] JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
KIFA 22 November 1941
Wilhelm Moritz Major 44 JG 51, JG 3 Knight's Cross
August Mors* Leutnant 60 JG 5 Knight's Cross
KIA 8 August 1944
Friedrich-Karl "Nasen" Müller Major 30 NJG 11, JG 300 Knight's Cross
Friedrich-Karl "Tutti" Müller* Oberstleutnant 140[14] JG 53, JG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 29 May 1944
Fritz Müller Leutnant 22 JG 7
Kurt Müller Oberleutnant 5 JG 26
Rudolf Müller* Oberfeldwebel 94 JG 5 Knight's Cross
Died in POW camp 21 June 1943
Siegfried Müller Leutnant 17 JG 51, JG 3, JG 7
Wilhelm Müller Oberfeldwebel 10 JG 26
Gerhard Müller-Dühne Leutnant 5 JG 26
Joachim Müncheberg* Major 135[15] JG 26, JG 51, JG 77 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
KIA 23 March 1943
Georg Munderloh Oberfeldwebel 20 JG 54
Leopold Münster* Leutnant 95 JG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 8 May 1944
Karl Munz Leutnant 60[17] JG 52, JG 7
Hubert Mütherich Oberleutnant 43 JG 51, JG 54

N[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Heinz Nacke Major 14 ZG 76, NJG 3 Knight's Cross
Johannes Naumann Major 34 JG 26, JG 6, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Kurt Necesany* Oberleutnant 6 KG 40, ZG 1 MIA 14 February 1944
Willi Nemitz* Leutnant 81 JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 11 April 1943
Wolfgang Neu Hauptmann 12 JG 26
Hermann Neuhoff Leutnant 40 JG 53 Knight's Cross
Eduard Neumann Oberstleutnant 11 (+2 in Spain) JG 26, JG 27
Helmut Neumann Leutnant 62 JG 5 Knight's Cross
Klaus Neumann Leutnant 37 JG 51, JG 3, JG 7, JV 44 Knight's Cross
Siegfried Ney Oberfeldwebel 11 NJG 1
Karl-Gottfried Nordmann Oberst 78 JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Jakob Norz* Leutnant 117[13] JG 5 Knight's Cross
KIA 16 September 1944
"Nowi" Walter Nowotny* Major 258[10] JG 54, Kdo Nowotny,
JG 101
Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
KIA 8 November 1944

O[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Friedrich Obleser Oberleutnant 120[13] JG 52 Knight's Cross
Walter Oesau* Oberst 125 (+8 in Spain)[13] JG 1, JG 2, JG 51, J/88 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
KIA 11 May 1944
Walter Ohlrogge Leutnant 77 JG 3, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Robert Olejnik Major 41 JG 2, JG 3, JG 1, JG 400 Knight's Cross
Emil Omert* Hauptmann 70 JG 3, JG 2, JG 77 Knight's Cross
KIA 24 April 1944
Theo Osterkamp Generalleutnant 6 (+32 in World War I) JG 51 Knight's Cross
Max-Hellmuth Ostermann* Oberleutnant 102[11] ZG 1, JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
KIA 9 August 1942

P[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Horst Patuschka* Hauptmann 23 NJG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 6 March 1943
Georg Pavenzinger Feldwebel 5 JG 51
Hans Peterburs Oberfeldwebel 18 ZG 76, ZG 1 Knight's Cross
Viktor Petermann Oberleutnant 64 JG 52, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Erhard Peters Leutnant 64 JG 52, JG 7
Horst Petzschler Oberfeldwebel 26 JG 3, JG 51 Ehrenpokal der Luftwaffe
Karl Pfeiffer Oberfeldwebel 10 NJG 1
Rudolf Pflanz* Hauptmann 52 JG 2 Knight's Cross
KIA 31 July 1942
Helmut Pfüller Oberfeldwebel 28 JG 51
Hans Philipp* Major 206[7] JG 54, JG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
KIA 8 October 1943
Wilhelm Philipp Oberfeldwebel 81 JG 54 Knight's Cross
Johann Pichler Leutnant 75[16] JG 77 Knight's Cross
Anton-Rudolf Piffer* Leutnant 26 JG 1 Knight's Cross
KIA 17 June 1944
Rolf Pingel Major 28 (+6 in Spain) JG 26, JG 53 Knight's Cross
Karl-Heinz Plücker Oberleutnant 34 JG 1, JG 52
Josef Pöhs* Oberleutnant 43 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 30 December 1943
Hans Prager Leutnant 23 JG 26
Alexander Preinfalk* Oberfeldwebel 78 JG 77, JG 51, JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 12 December 1944
Bela Preisler Unteroffizier 6 JG 5
Rolf Prigge Oberfänrich 5 JG 27, JG 7
Josef "Pips" Priller Oberst 101[11] JG 51, JG 26 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Herbert Puschmann Hauptmann 57 JG 51 Knight's Cross

Q[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Klaus Quaet-Faslem* Major 49 JG 53, JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIFA 30 January 1944
Richard Quante* Feldwebel 49 JG 51 KIA 14 August 1942
Werner Quast Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel 84 JG 52 Knight's Cross

R[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Rudolf Rademacher Oberleutnant 126[15] JG 54, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Waldemar Radener Oberleutnant 37 JG 26, JG 300 Knight's Cross
Günther Radusch Oberst 64 (1 in Spain) NJG 1, NJG 2, NJG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Gerhard Raht Hauptmann 58 NJG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Günther Rall Major 275[10] JG 52, JG 11 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Karl Rammelt Major 46 JG 51 Knight's Cross
Alfred Rauch Leutnant 60[17] JG 51 Knight's Cross
Paul-Hubert Rauh Hauptmann 31 NJG 4 Knight's Cross
Karl-Wolfgang Redlich* Major 43 (2 in Spain) JG 27 Knight's Cross
KIA 29 May 1944
Hans Reiff Oberfeldwebel 48 JG 3
Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert Oberleutnant 174[7] JG 77, JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Hans-Günther Reinhard Oberfeldwebel 44 JG 54
Peter Reischer Oberleutnant 19 JG 26
Hans Remmer* Hauptmann 27 JG 27 Knight's Cross
KIA 2 April 1944
Anton Resch Oberleutnant 91 JG 52 Knight's Cross
Rudolf Resch* Major 94 (1 in Spain) JG 52, JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 11 July 1943
Willi Reschke Oberfeldwebel 28 JG 302, JG 301 Knight's Cross
Ralph von Rettberg Oberst 8 ZG 26, ZG 1 Knight's Cross
Ernst Richter Oberfeldwebel 20 JG 54
Hans Richter Leutnant 22 JG 27
Eckhard Roch Leutnant 5 JG 26
Gustav Rödel Oberst 98[11] JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Hans Röhrig* Hauptmann 75[16] JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 13 July 1943
Detlev Rohwer Hauptmann 38 JG 3, JG 1 Knight's Cross
Heinz Rökker Hauptmann 64 NJG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Herbert Rollwage Oberleutnant 102[11] JG 53 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Oskar Romm Oberleutnant 92 JG 51, JG 3 Knight's Cross
Theodor Rossiwall Oberstleutnant 21 ZG 76, NJG 4 Knight's Cross
Edmund Roßmann Leutnant 93 JG 52 Knight's Cross
Willi Roth Leutnant 20 JG 26
Günther Rübell Hauptmann 47 JG 51, JG 104 Knight's Cross
Hans-Ulrich Rudel Oberst 9 SG 2 Knight's Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
Erich Rudorffer Major 222[10] JG 2, JG 54, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
13 in one mission
Helmut Rüffler Oberfeldwebel 98 JG 3 Knight's Cross
Franz Ruhl* Oberleutnant 36 JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 24 December 1944
Friedrich Rupp* Leutnant 52 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 15 May 1943
Martin Rysavy Oberleutnant 8 JG 26

S[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Heinz Sachsenberg Leutnant 104[12] JG 52 Knight's Cross
Florian Salwender Oberfeldwebel 25 JG 77, JG 5 POW Died in Soviet Prison
Carl Sattig* Hauptmann 53 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 10 August 1942
Erwin Sawallisch Oberfeldwebel 36 JG 27
Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein* Major 83 NJG 2, NJG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
KIA 21/22 January 1944
Günther Schack Hauptmann 174[7] JG 51, JG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Emil Schact 25
Hans Schäfer Leutnant 18 JG 3
Johann Schalk Oberst 21 ZG 26, NJG 3, NJG 4 Knight's Cross
Franz Schall* Hauptmann 137[14] JG 52, Kdo Nowotny, JG 7 Knight's Cross
KIFA 10 April 1945
Ludwig Scharf 18 JG 5
Gerhard Schaschke Hauptmann 22 ZG 76
Paul Schauder Hauptmann 20 JG 26
Günther Scheel* Leutnant 71 JG 54 Knight's Cross
MIA 16 July 1943
only 70 combat missions
Klaus Scheer Leutnant 24 NJG 100
Rudolf Scheffel Hauptmann 7 ZG 1, ZG 26 Knight's Cross
Wolfgang Schellmann* Oberstleutnant 26 (+12 in Spain) JG 2, JG 27 Knight's Cross
KIA 22 June 1941
Wolfgang Schenck Oberstleutnant 18 SG 2, ZG 1, SKG 210, KG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Georg Schentke* Oberleutnant 90 JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 25 December 1942
Karl-Heinz Scherfling* Oberfeldwebel 33 NJG 1 Knight's Cross
KIA 21 July 1944
Ernst Scheufele 18 JG 5, JG 4
Erich Scheyda 20 JG 26
Franz Schieß* Hauptmann 67 JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 2 September 1943
Wilhelm Schilling Oberleutnant 63 JG 54, EJG 1 Knight's Cross
Hans Schleef* Oberleutnant 99 JG 3, JG 5, JG 4 Knight's Cross
KIA 31 December 1944
Hermann Schleinhege Leutnant 97 JG 3, JG 54 Knight's Cross
Joachim Schlichting Major 8 (+5 in Spain) JG 27 Knight's Cross
Karl-Friedrich Schlosstein 8 JG 77, JG 5
Johann Schmid* Major 45 JG 2, JG 26 KIA 6 November 1941
Dietrich Schmidt Hauptmann 43 NJG 1 Knight's Cross
Erich Schmidt* Oberleutnant 47 JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 31 August 1941
Gottfried Schmidt 8 JG 26
Heinz Schmidt* Hauptmann 173[7] JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
MIA 5 September 1943
Johannes Schmidt 12 JG 26
Rudolf Schmidt* Feldwebel 42 JG 77 Knight's Cross
KIA 6 April 1942
Winfrid Schmidt 19 JG 3
Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer Major 121 NJG 1, NJG 4 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
Top Night Fighter Ace of World War II
August Schneider 11 JG 5
Gerhard Schneider 41 JG 51, JGr Ost
Hugo Schneider 9 JG 27
Walter Schneider 20 JG 26
Karl-Heinz Schnell Major 72[16] JG 51, JG 53, JV 44 Knight's Cross
"Wumm" Siegfried Schnell* Major 93 JG 54, JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 25 February 1944
Karl "Quax" Schnörrer 46 JG 54, JG 7, Kdo Nowotny Knight's Cross
Herbert Schob Hauptmann 28 (+6 in Spain) LG 1, ZG 76, ZG 26 Knight's Cross
Rudolf Schoenert Major 64 NJG 1, NJG 2, NJG 3, NJG 100, NJGr 10, NJG 5 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Erich Schöfbock 14 JG 27
Günther Scholz 34 (+1 in Spain) JG 54, JG 5
Helmut Schönfelder Oberfeldwebel 56 JG 51 Knight's Cross
Gerhard Schöpfel Major 45 JG 26, JG 4, JG 6 Knight's Cross
Georg Schott* Oberleutnant 20 LG 2, JG 1 KIA 27 September 1943
Herbert Schramm* Hauptmann 42 JG 53, JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 1 December 1943
Alfred Schreiber* Leutnant 7 ZG 26, EKdo 262, Kdo Nowotny, JG 7 KIFA 26 November 1944
Werner Schröer Major 114[12] JG 3, JG 27, JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Fritz Schröter Major 11 JG 2, SKG 10, SG 5, SG 4 Knight's Cross
Hans Schubert 8 JG 1
Walter Schuck Oberleutnant 206[7] JG 5, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Leo Schuhmacher Leutnant 23 ZG 76, JG 1, JV 44 Knight's Cross
Franz Schulte* Feldwebel 46 JG 77 Knight's Cross
KIA 12 August 1942
Helmuth Schulte Hauptmann 25 NJG 5 Knight's Cross
Otto Schultz Hauptmann 73[16] JG 51 Knight's Cross
Gerhard Schulwitz 9 JG 26
Otto Schulz* Oberleutnant 51 JG 27 Knight's Cross
KIA 17 June 1942
Werner Schumacher 30 JG 5
Heinz Schumann 21 JG 51, JG 2 SKG 10
Franz Schwaiger* Leutnant 67 JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 24 April 1944
Günther Schwanecke 10 JG 77, JG 5
Gerhard Schwartz 20 JG 51
Günther Schwarz 40 JG 51
Georg Seckel 40 JG 77, JG 200, JG 4
Günther Seeger Oberleutnant 56 JG 53, JG 2 Knight's Cross
Georg Seelmann Oberleutnant 39 JG 51, JG 103 Knight's Cross
Hermann Segatz 40 JG 26, JG 51, JG 5, JG 1
Georg Seidel 47 JG 51
Alfred Seidl 31 JG 53, JG 3, JG 7
Johannes Seifert Oberstleutnant 57 JG 26 Knight's Cross
Reinhard Seiler Major 109 (+9 in Spain)[12] JG 54, JG 104 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Erich von Selle 7 JG 26
Waldemar Semelka 75 JG 52 Knight's Cross
Paul Semrau* Major 46[9] NJG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 8 February 1945
Fritz Sengschmitt 15 ZG 76, ZG 26
Heinrich Setz* Major 138[14] JG 27, JG 77 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 13 March 1943
Peter Siegler* Feldwebel 48 JG 54 Knight's Cross
MIA 24 September 1942
Rudolf Sigmund* Hauptmann 28 NJG 1 Knight's Cross
KIA 4 October 1943
Friedrich Simon 22 JG 51
Siegfried Simsch 54 JG 52, JG 11 Knight's Cross
KIA 8 June 1944
Rudolf Sinner 39 JG 27
Kurt Sochatzy 39 JG 3 Knight's Cross
Waldemar Söffing 35 JG 26
Gerhard Sommer 20 JG 11, JG 1 Knight's Cross
Hermann Sommer 19 NJG 2, NJG 102
Wolfgang Späte Major 99 JG 54, JG 400, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Günther Specht* Oberstleutnant 34 ZG 26, JG 11 Knight's Cross
MIA 1 January 1945
Wilhelm Spies* Major 20 ZG 26 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 27 January 1942
Robert Spreckles 12 JG 11, JG 1
Gustav Sprick Oberleutnant 31 JG 26 Knight's Cross
Karl Stadek 29 JG 51
Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt* Oberleutnant 59 JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
MIA 7 September 1942
Hermann Staiger Major 63 JG 51, JG 26, JG 1, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Friedrich-Wilhelm Stakejahn 9 JG 5, SG 4
Otto Stammberger Oberleutnant 7 JG 26
Karl Steffen* Oberfeldwebel 59 JG 52 MIA 14 August 1943
Hans-Joachim Steffens Leutnant 22 JG 51
Leopold "Bazi" Steinbatz* Leutnant 99[11] JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
KIA 23 June 1942
Franz Steiner Oberfeldwebel 12 JG 27, JG 1, JG 11, JV 44
Günter Steinhausen* Leutnant 40 JG 27 Knight's Cross
KIA 6 September 1942
Ulrich Steinhilper Oberleutnant 5 JG 52
"Macky" Johannes Steinhoff Oberst 176[7] JG 26, JG 52, JG 77 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Wilhelm Steinmann Major 44 JG 27, JG 4, JV 44 Knight's Cross
Heinrich Steis Leutnant 21 JG 27
Heinrich Sterr* Oberleutnant 130[15] JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 26 November 1944
Franz Stigler Oberleutnant 45 JG 27, JV 44
Bruno Stolle Hauptmann 35 LG 1, JG 2, JG 11 Knight's Cross
"Max" Maximilian Stotz* Hauptmann 189[7] JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
MIA 19 August 1943
Friedrich-Wilhelm Strakeljahn* Oberfeldwebel 9 JG 5, SG 4 Knight's Cross
KIA 6 July 1944
Hubert Strassl* Oberfeldwebel 67 JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 8 July 1943
Erwin Straznicky* Oberleutnant 36 LG 2, JG 77, JG 3 MIA 3 October 1942
Werner Streib Oberst 66 NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Hans Strelow* Leutnant 68 JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 22 May 1942
Fritz Stritzel Stabsfeldwebel 19 JG 2
Karl Strohecker Oberfeldwebel 24 NJG 100
Heinz Strüning* Hauptmann 56 ZG 26, KG 30, NJG 2, NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 25 December 1944
Werner Stumpf* Oberfeldwebel 47 JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 13 October 1942
Gustav Sturm Oberleutnant 22 JG 27, JG 3, JG 51, EJG 2, JG 7
Heinrich Sturm* Hauptmann 157[14] JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 22 December 1944
Alfred Surau Oberfeldwebel 46 JG 3
Ernst Süß* Oberleutnant 68 JG 52 Knight's Cross
KIA 20 December 1943
Paul Szameitat* Hauptmann 29 NJG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 2 January 1944
Willi Szuggar Oberfeldwebel 9 (+5 in Spain) JG 52, JG 26

T[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Adolph Tabbat Feldwebel 6 JG 26
Otto Tange* Oberleutnant 68 JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 30 July 1943
Kurt Tangermann Leutnant 46 JG 54
Kurt Tanzer Leutnant of the Reserves 143[14] JG 51 Knight's Cross
Gabriel Tautscher Unteroffizier 55 JG 51
Fritz Tegtmeier Oberleutnant 146[14] JG 54, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Alfred Teumer* Oberleutnant 76[16] JG 54, JG 7 Knight's Cross
KIFA 4 October 1944
Edwin Thiel* Hauptmann 76[16] JG 52, JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 14 July 1944
Werner Thierfelder* Hauptmann 27 ZG 26 Knight's Cross
KIFA 18 July 1944
Wolfgang Thimmig Oberstleutnant 24 NJG 1, NJG 2, NJG 4
Gerhard Thyben Oberleutnant 157[14] JG 3, JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Ekkehard Tichy* Hauptmann 25 JG 53, JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 16 August 1944
Horst Tietzen* Hauptmann 27 (+7 in Spain) JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 18 August 1940
Günther Tonne* Major 15 SKG 210, SKG 10, ZG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 15 July 1943
Wolfgang Tonne* Hauptmann 122[13] JG 53 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 20 April 1943
Eduard Tratt* Major 38 ZG 1, ZG 26 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 22 February 1944
Hannes Trautloft Oberst 57 (+4 in Spain) JG 51, JG 54 Knight's Cross
Rudolf Trenkel Hauptmann 138[14] JG 77, JG 52 Knight's Cross

U[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Kurt "Kuddel" Ubben* Major 110[12] JG 77, JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 27 April 1944
Hermann Ulbrich Feldwebel 33 JG 51
Horst Ulenberg Leutnant 17 JG 26
Willy Unger Leutnant 24 JG 3, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Robert Unzeitig Leutnant 10 JG 26

V[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Heinrich Vandeweerd Oberfähnrich 6 JG 26
Bernhard Vechtel Oberleutnant 108[12] JG 51 Knight's Cross
Heinz Venth* Oberleutnant 17 JG 51 MIA 16 July 1944
Helmut Viedebantt* Major 23 ZG 1, SG 10 Knight's Cross
KIA 1 May 1945
Heinz Vinke* Oberleutnant 54 NJG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 26 February 1944
Otto Vinzent Oberleutnant 45 JG 54
Gerhard Vivroux* Feldwebel 11 JG 3 WIA 25 October 1944
Ferdinand Vögl Hauptmann 33 JG 27
Heinz-Gerhard Vogt* Oberleutnant 48 JG 26 Knight's Cross
KIA 14 January 1945
Maximilian Volke* Oberfeldwebel 37 JG 77 Remains of plane and pilot found in 2007 near Modena, Italy.

W[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Friedrich Wachowiak* Leutnant 86 JG 52, JG 3 Knight's Cross
KIA 16 July 1944
Edmund Wagner* Oberfeldwebel 56 JG 51 Knight's Cross
KIA 13 November 1941
Rudolf Wagner* Leutnant 81 JG 51 Knight's Cross
MIA 11 December 1943
Hans Waldmann* Oberleutnant 134[15] JG 52, JG 3, JG 7 Knight's Cross
KIFA 18 March 1945
Horst Walther Oberleutnant 35 JG 51
Siegfried Wandam Oberleutnant 10 NJG 1
Joachim Wandel* Hauptmann 75 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 7 October 1942
Karl-Heinz Weber* Hauptmann 136[15] JG 51, JG 1 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 7 June 1944
Heinrich Wefers 52 JG 52, JG 54
Günther Wegmann Oberleutnant 21 ZG 26, EKdo 262, JG 7
Alfred Wehmeyer* Oberleutnant 18 ZG 26 Knight's Cross
KIA 1 June 1942
Hans-Dieter Weihs Leutnant 8 JG 7
Hans Weik Hauptmann 36 JG 3, EJGr Ost, EJG 2 Knight's Cross
Dietrich Weinitschke Feldwebel 18 JG 5
Gottfried Weiroster* Leutnant 6 JGr 50, JG 11 KIA 26 November 1943
Ernst Weismann* Oberleutnant 69 JG 51 Knight's Cross
MIA 13 August 1942
Robert "Bazi" Weiss* Hauptmann 121[13] JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 29 December 1944
Theodor "Theo" Weissenberger Major 208[10] JG 5, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Kurt Welter Oberleutnant 63 JG 300, NJGr 10, NJG 11 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Hans-Gerd Wennekers 24
Peter Werfft, Dr. Major 26 JG 27 Knight's Cross
Heinz Wernicke* Leutnant 117[13] JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIFA 27 December 1944
Ulrich Wernitz Leutnant 101[11] JG 54 Knight's Cross
Franz von Werra* Hauptmann 21 JG 3, JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIFA 25 October 1941
Otto Weßling* Oberleutnant 83 JG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 19 April 1944
Walther Wever* Oberleutnant 44 JG 51, JG 7 Knight's Cross
KIFA 10 April 1945
Helmut Wick* Major 56 JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
MIA 28 November 1940
Johannes Wiese Major 133[15] JG 52, JG 77 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
12 in one mission
Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke* Oberst 162[14] JG 53, JG 3 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
KIA 23 March 1944
Karl Willius* Oberleutnant 50 JG 26 Knight's Cross
KIA 8 April 1944
Alexander von Winterfelt* Oberstleutnant 13 JG 2, JG 77 Knight's Cross
KIFA 16 May 1942
Eugen Wintergerst* Leutnant 22 JG 77, JG 1 KIA 4 September 1943
Hermann Wischnewski Oberfähnrich 28 JG 300 Knight's Cross
Heinrich Wohlers* Major 29 NJG 4, NJG 6 Knight's Cross
KIFA 15 March 1944
Ulrich Wöhnert Leutnant 86 JG 54 Knight's Cross
Franz Woidich Oberleutnant 110[12] JG 27, JG 52, JG 400 Knight's Cross
Erich Woitke Hauptmann 26 (+4 in Spain) J/88, JG 3, JG 52, JG 77, JG 27, JG 11, JG 300, JG 1 German Cross in Gold
Albin Wolf* Oberleutnant 144[14] JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 22 April 1944
Hermann Wolf Leutnant 57 JG 52, JG 11, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Robert Wolf Leutnant 21 NJG 5
Walter Wolfrum Oberleutnant 137[14] JG 52 Knight's Cross
Helmut Woltersdorf* Oberleutnant 19 NJG 1 KIA 2 June 1942
Waldemar Wübke Hauptmann 16 JG 54, JG 101
Karl Wünsch Leutnant 25 JG 27
Otto Würfel* Leutnant 79 JG 51 Knight's Cross
MIA 23 February 1944
Josef "Sepp" Wurmheller* Major 102[11] JG 53, JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
KIA 22 June 1944
Heinrich Wurzer Hauptmann 26 JG 302, JG 301

Z[edit]

Name Rank Total wartime victories Unit Notes
Joachim Zeller 7 JG 26
Walter Zellot* Leutnant 85 JG 53 Knight's Cross
KIA 10 September 1942
Oskar Zimmermann Leutnant 34 JG 51, JG 3 Knight's Cross
Füllbert Zink Hauptmann 36 JG 26
Josef Zirngibl Oberfeldwebel 9 JG 26
Paul Zorner Major 59 NJG 2, NJG 3, NJG 100, NJG 5 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Franz-Josef Zoufahl Oberfeldwebel 26 JG 51
Eugen-Ludwig Zweigart* Oberleutnant 69 JG 54 Knight's Cross
KIA 12 January 1943
Josef Zwernemann* Hauptmann 126[13] JG 52, JG 11 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
KIA 8 April 1944
Rudi Zwesken Oberfeldwebel 25 JG 52, JG 300 Knight's Cross

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Spick 1996, pp. 3–4.
  2. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 241.
  3. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 14.
  4. ^ Obermaier 1989, p. 242.
  5. ^ a b Spick 1996
  6. ^ a b c d e Caldwell & Muller 2007, p. 96.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Spick 1996, p. 228.
  8. ^ a b c Obermaier 1989, p. 81.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Spick 1996, p. 244.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Spick 1996, p. 227.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Spick 1996, p. 233.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Spick 1996, p. 232.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Spick 1996, p. 231.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Spick 1996, p. 229.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Spick 1996, p. 230.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Spick 1996, p. 237.
  17. ^ a b Spick 1996, p. 241.

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