Best Luftwaffe Ace

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Erich
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Post by Erich » 07 Apr 2002 21:54

Victor :

yes great potential and he seems to have the only site just dedicated to the Schlachtflieger and their units so far. Might as well bookmark it. It has been around for maybe 6 or so months but as you pointed out nothing new for awhile.......sad.

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Post by prejo » 19 Apr 2002 08:51

Unfortunatelly there is no "others" so I can post my vote. :( But I consider that Marseille was the best "expert"... Over 150 confirmed kills in just a few months. All against western allies. 8)

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Post by Kristofer » 19 Apr 2002 12:25

Hans Gunter-Lange was the best

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Post by IIJG26 » 19 Apr 2002 20:41

Marseille was the best in fighters

Rudel best pilot

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Post by Erich » 19 Apr 2002 20:42

I am curious, do you mean IV./JG 51 Gruppenkommanduer Heinz Lange ? Ritterkreuzträger, 70 abschusse.

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Post by Kristofer » 19 Apr 2002 23:07

Kristofer wrote:Hans Gunter-Lange was the best
oops.. that was my favorite U-Boat commander(next to Otto Kretschmer)... i was reading to many threads at once last night

Gunther Rall was the best ace in the Luftwaffe in my mind

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Post by Waland66 » 08 Jul 2002 10:12

Hi!

I wrote to Adolf Galland in 1991, and i asked him about this subject. I asked him which german pilot, besides himself ofcourse...., that was the best during the war. He answered Hans-Joachim Marseille.

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Post by Phil V » 08 Jul 2002 11:46

Galland hands down. No contest.

"Individual victories in the air should be subordinate to the overall success of the group....The most important principle is to ensure that those under you feel that their commander understands their worries; that the commander can be approached by anyone in the group; that what he demands of the group is necessary, and that you would never demand of them more that what you are willing to demand of yourself."
Adolf Galland, January 1943.

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Best (favorite) LW Ace

Post by caocao666 » 08 Jul 2002 21:36

For me it is Steinhoff and Rall. Steinhoff mostly because of his excellent writing and Rall because I have seen him live talking about his experiences.

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Post by tonyh » 10 Jul 2002 18:50

Werner Molders
Heinz Bar
Macki Steinhoff
Hans-Joachim Marseille
Walter Nowotny
Hannes Troutloft
Helmut Wick

All great aces. Maybe this question needs to polled again with a bigger list to choose from :lol:

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Post by Benjamin Fanjoy » 10 Jul 2002 18:59

Where's Rudel on that list??

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Post by Erich » 11 Jul 2002 01:40

Did you read the posts on the first two pages ? Hmmmmmm ? :wink:

The best tank hunter most likely he was, in fact many of his Kameraden were excellent marksmen.

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Post by Mark Alinsky » 12 Jul 2002 05:41

What about Krupinski? None of you mentioned him. Didn't he have 200 or so kills?

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Count Krup.....

Post by Erich » 12 Jul 2002 19:06

An excellent choice Mark ! :)

The count got 197 kills, 1 US bomber, 27 kills in the west. Quite successful flying bf 109G-6's against US fighters during 1944, replacing Günther Rall as Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG 11 after Günther was severely wounded in action with P-47's. Günther losing a thumb in the ensuing battle. The count was a very brave and courteous man......

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Post by Csaba Becze » 03 Aug 2002 13:38

Müncheberg was a genial fighter commander and pilot. Among assault pilots Rudel is my favourite (he was a fanatic, sometimes he flew without fighter escort too - it was very dangerous with the Ju 87G).

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