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Hauptmann August GEIGER (6 May 1920 – 29 September 1943) night fighter ace with 53 aerial victories in 328 combat missions. Shot down and drowned when his parachute dragged him under. Knight's Cross on 22 May 1943 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 7./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1; 416th Oak Leaves on 2 March 1944 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1

Hauptmann August GEIGER (6 May 1920 – 29 September 1943) night fighter ace with 53 aerial victories in 328 combat missions. Shot down and drowned when his parachute dragged him under. Knight's Cross on 22 May 1943 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 7./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1; 416th Oak Leaves on 2 March 1944 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the III./Nachtjagdgeschwader 1

Erich Hartmann, the highest scoring fighter ace in history, with 352 aerial victories in 1,404 combat missions, he was never shot down or forced to land due to fire from enemy aircraft.

Erich Hartmann, the highest scoring fighter ace in history, with 352 aerial victories in 1,404 combat missions, he was never shot down or forced to land due to fire from enemy aircraft.

✠ Hans-Dieter Frank (8 July 1919 – 28 September 1943) Killed in a mid-air collision with another night fighter northwest of Celle. RK 20.06.1943 Hauptmann Staffelkapitän 2./NJG 1 + 02.03.1944 [417. EL] Hauptmann Kdr I./NJG 1

✠ Hans-Dieter Frank (8 July 1919 – 28 September 1943) Killed in a mid-air collision with another night fighter northwest of Celle. RK 20.06.1943 Hauptmann Staffelkapitän 2./NJG 1 + 02.03.1944 [417. EL] Hauptmann Kdr I./NJG 1

Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel (2 Jul 1916 – 18 Dec 1982) Knight's Cross 6 Jan 1942 as Olt & Staffelkapitän 9./StukaG 2 "Immelmann"; 229th Oak Leaves on 14 Apr 1943 as Staffelkapitän 1./StukaG 2 "Immelmann"; 42nd Swords on 25 Nov 1943 as HPTM & Kommandeur III./StukaG 2 "Immelmann"; 10th Diamonds on 29 Mar 1944 as Major & Kommandeur III./StukaG 2 "Immelmann"; 1st Golden Oak Leaves on 29 Dec 1944 as OLT & Geschwaderkommodore of Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Im'mann

Los soldados del Führer

Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel (2 Jul 1916 – 18 Dec 1982) Knight's Cross 6 Jan 1942 as Olt & Staffelkapitän 9./StukaG 2 "Immelmann"; 229th Oak Leaves on 14 Apr 1943 as Staffelkapitän 1./StukaG 2 "Immelmann"; 42nd Swords on 25 Nov 1943 as HPTM & Kommandeur III./StukaG 2 "Immelmann"; 10th Diamonds on 29 Mar 1944 as Major & Kommandeur III./StukaG 2 "Immelmann"; 1st Golden Oak Leaves on 29 Dec 1944 as OLT & Geschwaderkommodore of Schlachtgeschwader 2 "Im'mann

Major (Wehrmacht) Generalleutnant (Bundeswehr) Gerhard "Gerd" Barkhorn (20 March 1919 – 8 January 1983) second most successful fighter ace of all time after Erich Hartmann. 301 victories from 1,104 missions. Knight's Cross on 23 August 1942 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 4./Jagdgeschwader 52; 175th Oak Leaves on 11 January 1943 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 4./Jagdgeschwader 52; 52nd Swords on 2 March 1944 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 52

Major (Wehrmacht) Generalleutnant (Bundeswehr) Gerhard "Gerd" Barkhorn (20 March 1919 – 8 January 1983) second most successful fighter ace of all time after Erich Hartmann. 301 victories from 1,104 missions. Knight's Cross on 23 August 1942 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 4./Jagdgeschwader 52; 175th Oak Leaves on 11 January 1943 as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 4./Jagdgeschwader 52; 52nd Swords on 2 March 1944 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the II./Jagdgeschwader 52

Heinrich "Heinz" Trettner (19 September 1907 – 18 September 2006) Knight's Cross on 24 May 1940 as Major in the general staff and Ia (operations officer) of the 7. Flieger-Division;  586th Oak Leaves on 17 September 1944 as Generalmajor and commander of the 4. Fallschirmjäger-Division

Los soldados del Führer

Heinrich "Heinz" Trettner (19 September 1907 – 18 September 2006) Knight's Cross on 24 May 1940 as Major in the general staff and Ia (operations officer) of the 7. Flieger-Division; 586th Oak Leaves on 17 September 1944 as Generalmajor and commander of the 4. Fallschirmjäger-Division

✠ Herbert Lütje (30 January 1918 – 18 January 1967) RK 01.06.1943 Hauptmann Staffelkapitän 8./NJG 1

✠ Herbert Lütje (30 January 1918 – 18 January 1967) RK 01.06.1943 Hauptmann Staffelkapitän 8./NJG 1

1943, Le "SS-Obersturmführer" Walter Gerth (1914 – 1995) de la 3.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Totenkopf"

1943, Le "SS-Obersturmführer" Walter Gerth (1914 – 1995) de la 3.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Totenkopf"

Luftwaffe ace Werner Mölders became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 100 aerial victories. The result of reaching this landmark was the bestowment of the Third Reich’s highest bravery award, the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. He was instrumental in the development of new fighter tactics which led to the finger-four formation. He died in an air crash on 22 November 1941 in which he was a passenger.

Luftwaffe ace Werner Mölders became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 100 aerial victories. The result of reaching this landmark was the bestowment of the Third Reich’s highest bravery award, the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. He was instrumental in the development of new fighter tactics which led to the finger-four formation. He died in an air crash on 22 November 1941 in which he was a passenger.

Obert Heinrich Kodre (08 August 1899 - 22 May 1977) Knights Cross 14 May 1941 as Major Führer I./InfRgt 123

Obert Heinrich Kodre (08 August 1899 - 22 May 1977) Knights Cross 14 May 1941 as Major Führer I./InfRgt 123

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