World War II German Fighter Ace. One of the highest scoring aces of all time, he scored 212 aerial victories during World War II. Flying his distinct Me109f, he amassed 202 victories over the eastern front in the early days of the war in battles over Poland and the Soviet Union. After the German withdrawal from the Soviet Union, he amassed 10 more victories on the western front in combat against United States Army Air Force and British Royal Air Forces planes. Of the 10 kills on the western front six of them were four-engine Allied bombers. In one spectacular engagement he shot down one North American P-51 "Mustang" and rammed and downed another in a single engagement. He was also one of the most highly decorated officers in all the Luftwafe. On September 16, 1942 he was presented with the prestigious Knights Cross with oak leaves, swords and diamonds. His total of 212 kills ranks him ninth in the Luftwaffe in terms of aerial victories.
Bio by: Mark S