Ace aviator for the Nazis during World War II, Author - One of a handful of German fighter aces to survive combat. Adolf Galland was fascinated with aviation from his early days as a schoolboy constructing model planes. He experienced flying for the first time in a glider where he became a champion pilot. Starting out the war as a first lieutenant, he ended it as a lieutenant general commanding a jet fighter unit. Captured in May, 1945 by American forces at an airbase in Salzburg, Austria, remaining a prisoner for two years and upon his release went on to a successful career as an international aviation consultant, first with the Argentine Air Force for seven years, and then in postwar Germany. The General wrote his memoir, "The First and the Last," which sold millions of copies. Suffering from heart trouble and admitted to a hospital sensing the end was near, he was allowed to return home to die at his home in Oberwinter, Germany. He was 83 at the time of his death, a devout Catholic and at his request was interred in the churchyard cemetery at St. Laurentius Church in Remagen-Oberwinter.
Bio by: Paul S.