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    Any Luftwaffe History Fans?

    When I was about 10 years old I printed out the list of the top pilots in history and put them on my wall. To this day, I can still remember the top scorers by heart.

    I've read many books from the autobiography of Red Baron (that Manfred Von Richthofen even wrote HIMSELF) to Erich Hartmann's The Blonde Knight of Germany. I've bought rare expensive picture books. I even bought an original WW2 Luftwaffe document from 1944 with the signature of Gunther Rall.

    Does anybody else read or collect or am I the only dork?

    (and if you have a unique Luftwaffe collection what do you have and where did you get it?)
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    Here are my 5 favorite pilots,

    1) Erich Hartmann-

    He claimed 352 aerial victories (of which 345 were won against the Soviet Air Force, and 260 of which were fighters) in 1,404 combat missions. He engaged in aerial combat 825 times while serving with the Luftwaffe. During the course of his career, Hartmann was forced to crash-land his damaged fighter 14 times. This was due to damage received from parts of enemy aircraft he had just shot down or mechanical failure. Hartmann claimed never to have been shot down or forced to land due to fire from enemy aircraft.

    2) Manfred Von Richthofen 80 kills (WW1) the Red Baron


    3) Gerhard Barkhorn 301 kills


    4) Hans-Joachim Marseille 158 kills (Africa)


    5) Hans-Ulrich Rudel Rudel claimed a total of 2,000 targets destroyed - including 800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery pieces, a destroyer, two cruisers, one Soviet battleship (the Marat), 70 landing craft, 4 armored trains, several bridges and nine aircraft which he shot down.

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    As a youngster in Germany I worked for an oil drilling company. Because of good performance they gave me the choice of a good book, expecting it to be a book about the profession I performed. Instead I asked about a book about the german Luftwaffen aces. It took weeks to get because the upper echelons read it first.

    My brother and me made little papermodels of Luftwaffen aeroplanes.

    My brother became a pilot in the german military because of that.

    But right now it is in the background of my head, though their heroism has been inspiring for a long time.
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    You are wrong about Barkhorn. After the war he became a general in the new Luftwaffe and as such he testflew a British Harrier that he crashed. It is said that as they pulled him out of the wreck he mumbled something like "dreihundertund... zwei".

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