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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.

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

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

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

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

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

✠ 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

AntonHafner killed in action 17 October 1944  Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves  Hafner shot down a Russian Yak-7 fighter as his 204th victory on 17 October 1944. However, during the dogfight his plane hit a tree. His Bf 109G-6  “Black 1” crashed killing Hafner, Hafner was credited with 204 victories in 795 sorties. He had 184 kills over the Eastern Front. Of his 20 kills recorded over the Western front, eight were P-38s.total 55…

AntonHafner killed in action 17 October 1944 Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves Hafner shot down a Russian Yak-7 fighter as his 204th victory on 17 October 1944. However, during the dogfight his plane hit a tree. His Bf 109G-6 “Black 1” crashed killing Hafner, Hafner was credited with 204 victories in 795 sorties. He had 184 kills over the Eastern Front. Of his 20 kills recorded over the Western front, eight were P-38s.total 55…

✠ Reinhold Knacke (1 January 1919 – 3 February 1943) Shot down in aerial combat with a Halifax bomber. RK 01.07.1942 Oberleutnant Flugzeugführer i. d. 3./NJG 1 + 05.02.1943 [190. EL] Hauptmann Staffelkapitän 3./NJG 1

✠ Reinhold Knacke (1 January 1919 – 3 February 1943) Shot down in aerial combat with a Halifax bomber. RK 01.07.1942 Oberleutnant Flugzeugführer i. d. 3./NJG 1 + 05.02.1943 [190. EL] Hauptmann Staffelkapitän 3./NJG 1

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).

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).

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"

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