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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

Oberst Walter "Gulle" Oesau (28 June 1913 – 11 May 1944) fighter ace with 117 victories. Killed in action. Knight's Cross on 20 August 1940 as Hauptmann and Staffelkapitän of the 7./JG 51; 9th Oak Leaves on 6 February 1941 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the III./JG 3; 3rd Swords on 15 July 1941 as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the III./JG 3

General der Infanterie Friedrich Olbricht (4 October 1888 – 21 July 1944) executed as one of the plotters involved in the attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler at the Wolfsschanze in East Prussia on 20 July 1944. Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 October 1939 as Generalleutnant and commander of 24. Infanterie-Division

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.

Hauptmann of the Reserves Diddo DIDDENS (22 April 1917 – 27 September 1997) Knight's Cross on 18 March 1942 as Leutnant of the Reserves and Zugführer (platoon leader) in 2./Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 185; 501st Oak Leaves on 15 June 1944 as Oberleutnant of the Reserves and Chief of the 1./Sturmgeschütz-Brigade "Großdeutschland"

1943, Le "SS-Obersturmführer" Walter Gerth (1914 – 1995) de la…

SS-Untersturmführer Günther SS-Hauptscharführer Alfred Günther (25 April 1917 – 15 June 1944) after receiving his Knights Cross in June 1943, he was later promoted to the rank of SS-Untersturmführer. (1.SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler).

Josef "Pips" Priller (1915-1961) was a German World War II fighter ace. He became famous because of his single strafing pass attack over Sword Beach on D-Day, accompanied by his wingman, Heinz Wodarczyk. Contrary to popular belief, however, Priller and Wodarczyk were not the only Luftwaffe pilots to attack the beaches or the Allies on June 6, 1944. Priller was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords for his extreme bravery and success in aerial combat.

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.