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Erich Hartmann

✠ Erich Hartmann (April 19th, 1922 - September 20th, 1993) RK 29.10.1943 Leutnant Flugzeugführer i. d. 7./JG 52 [Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52 since 02.09.1943] 02.03.1944 [420. EL] Leutnant Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52 02.07.1944 [75. Sw] Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52 25.08.1944 [18. Br] Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52

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Erich Hartmann, German fighter pilot. He was the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. Nicknamed the Blonde Knight and the Black Devil by his Soviet adversaries. He flew 1,404 combat missions, and participated in aerial combat on 825 separate occasions. He claimed, and was credited with, shooting down 352 Allied aircraft - 345 Soviet and 7 American.

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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 (April 19th, 1922 - September 20th, 1993) RK 29.10.1943 Leutnant Flugzeugführer i. d. 7./JG 52 [Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52 since 02.09.1943] 02.03.1944 [420. EL] Leutnant Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52 02.07.1944 [75. Sw] Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52 25.08.1944 [18. Br] Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52

✠ Erich Hartmann (April 19th, 1922 - September 20th, 1993) RK 29.10.1943 Leutnant Flugzeugführer i. d. 7./JG 52 [Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52 since 02.09.1943] 02.03.1944 [420. EL] Leutnant Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52 02.07.1944 [75. Sw] Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52 25.08.1944 [18. Br] Oberleutnant Staffelkapitän 9./JG 52

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Erich Hartmann with his dog.When the decorated British test pilot Captain Eric Brown asked Hartmann how he had amassed 352 air victories, he revealed: Well you can't believe it, but the Sturmovik, which was their main ground-attack aircraft, flew like B-17s in formation and didn't attempt to make any evasive manoeuvres. Their peashooter was no threat unless they had a very lucky hit on you. I didn't open fire til the aircraft filled my whole windscreen. If I did this, I would get one every…