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Helmut Fickel was a highly decorated Stuka pilot and a Oberleutnant in the Luftwaffe during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross He was awarded with the Knight´s Cross by Rudel, on June 9th, 1944.. During his career he flew 800 missions.Helmut Fickel was captured by British troops in May 1945.

Helmut Fickel was a highly decorated Stuka pilot and a Oberleutnant in the Luftwaffe during World War II.

Lt. Heinrich Ehrler. Flugzeugfhr. en el 6./J.G.5. R.K. 4.9.1942. E.L. 2/8/43. + 6.4.45 sobre Berlín.

Heinrich Ehrler September 1917 – 4 April was a German Luftwaffe military aviator during World War II, a fighter ace credited with 208 enemy aircraft shot down in over 400 combat missions. which included eight in the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.

The Face Of War - Christian Tyschen.  Christian joined the SS in December 1931 and was assigned to 50 Standarte. Ten months later he transferred to SSVT. He became a company leader of 'Germania' in October 1936 until December 1938 when he was promoted to be a batallion commander.  He was a Battalion Commander of "Der Führer" Regiment, part of the 2nd SS Panzer Grenadier Division "Das Reich".in Russia in 1942 when he took a hit from a shell which shattered his jawbone. He spent many months…

Knight’s Cross winner SS-Sturmbannführer Christian Tychsen won the award in March 1943 while commanding II. Abteilung, SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 of the ‘Das Reich’ Division and in October that year received the Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross. Wounded at.

BDM-Hauptgruppenführerin lse Hirsch was a member of ‘The Werewolves’, the 1945 Nazi resistance force working behind enemy lines during the Allies advance into Germany. She took part in 'Operation Carnival', the assassination of the mayor of Aachen, a wartime US collaborator. She parachuted along with five men into the outskirts of Aachen, found their target and executed him. She was eventually arrested, tried and sentenced to four years in prison.

The League of German Girls (Bund Deutscher Maedel) or League of German Maidens, was the girl's wing of the overall Nazi party youth movement, the Hitler Youth.

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Ernst Kupfer 1907 killed in a accident on 6 November

Herbert Ihlefeld as Major wearing Schwerter. Eichenlaubträger, Luftwaffe Day Aces, Luftwaffe Oberst, Ritterkreuzträger, Schwerternträger

Herbert Ihlefeld 1 June 1914 8 August 1995 was a German Luftwaffe military aviator during the Spanish Civil War and World War II a fighter ace credited w

Günther Viezenz (1 February 1921 – 14 January 1999) was a highly decorated German Hauptmann in the Wehrmacht. Vienzez was born in Göhlenau (Golińsk), Province of Lower Silesia Viezenz is the record-holder of the Tank Destruction Badge. He single handedly destroyed 21 enemy tanks with hand held explosives such as a panzerfaust, satchel charge or hand grenade. He was awarded four Tank Destruction Badges in Gold and one in Silver. After World War II Viezenz joined the Bundeswehr on April 1…

Günther Viezenz – Hauptmann in the Wehrmacht. Vienzez was the record-holder of the Tank Destruction Badge. He single handedly destroyed 21 enemy tanks with hand held explosives such as a panzerfaust, satchel charge or hand grenade.

Leutnant -Edmund "Paule" Roßmann  was a German World War II fighter ace and was credited with 93 aerial victories achieved iwith 93 aerial victories achieved in 640 combat missions, among his numerous ground attack missions.He is also noted as being an early mentor of Erich Hartmann, history's leading fighter ace.On 9 July 1943 Roßmann attempted to rescue a crash landed fellow pilot behind Russian lines he was wounded and taken POW

Leutnant -Edmund "Paule" Roßmann was a German World War II fighter ace and was credited with 93 aerial victories achieved iwith 93 aerial victories achieved in 640 combat missions, among his numerous ground attack missions.He is also noted as being an early mentor of Erich Hartmann, history's leading fighter ace.On 9 July 1943 Roßmann attempted to rescue a crash landed fellow pilot behind Russian lines he was wounded and taken POW

Oberleutnant Rudolf "Rudi" Pflanz  . Rudolf Pflanz was credited with 52 victories. All his victories were recorded over the Western Front and included 45 Spitfires.

✠ Rudolf "Rudi" Pflanz July 1914 – 31 July killed while engaging Spitfires over Berck-sur-Mer, France.

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German pilot, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Erich Hartmann, called the Blond Knight of the German Luftwaffe, achieved the staggering total of 352 confirmed victories. Hartmann’s incredible combat record earned him the coveted diamonds to his Knight’s Cross from Hitler personally. He was never shot down or forced to land due to enemy fire. He survived the war and died in 1993.

“ During the Second World War, one German Luftwaffe pilot compiled a combat record so remarkable that he earned the distinction of becoming the most successful fighter pilot in the history of humanity. Erich Hartmann, called the Blond.

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A German pilot plummets as his Albatross fighter goes down in flames. Most pilots did not wear parachutes and chose to plunge to their deaths rather than burn in their planes.

✠ Adolf Galland (19 March 1912 – 9 February 1996) RK 29.07.1940 Major Kdr III./JG 26 + 24.09.1940 [3. EL] Major Kommodore JG 26 + 21.06.1941 [1. Sw] Oberstleutnant Kommodore JG 26 + 28.01.1942 [2. Br] Oberst Kommodore JG 26

✠ Adolf Galland (19 March 1912 – 9 February 1996) RK 29.07.1940 Major Kdr III./JG 26 + 24.09.1940 [3. EL] Major Kommodore JG 26 + 21.06.1941 [1. Sw] Oberstleutnant Kommodore JG 26 + 28.01.1942 [2. Br] Oberst Kommodore JG 26

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin – World War II Combat Pilot - Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin née Kravtsova (Russian: Наталья Фёдоровна Меклин, Ukrainian: Наталія Фёдорiвна Меклин; 1922–2005) was a much decorated World War II combat pilot in one of the three women-only Soviet air regiments. They were nicknamed the ‘Night Witches‘ by their German opponents.

Natalya Fyodorovna Meklin – World War II Combat Pilot

"Katya Budanova (Катя Буданова), was a fighter pilot in the Soviet Air Force during World War II. With 11 air victories, she was one of the world's two female fighter aces along with Lydia Litvyak." She chose fighter ace over fashion model, apparently.

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