reichsmarschall: “ A pilot sitting on the edge of the cockpit of his Messerschmitt Me 109 on an air base at the Channel coast. ”

reichsmarschall: “ A pilot sitting on the edge of the cockpit of his Messerschmitt Me 109 on an air base at the Channel coast.

"Our Luftwaffe" propaganda poster  #propaganda #worldwar2

Nazi WWII Luftwaffe recruitment poster, "Unsere Luftwaffe" (Our Luftwaffe)

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.

Erich Alfred Hartmann, nicknamed "Bubi" by his comrades and "The Black Devil" by his Soviet adversaries, was a German fighter pilot during World War II and is the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare.

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.

The evolution of the Nazi's war planes throughout World War 2. Germany had a solid air force.

The evolution of the Nazi's war planes throughout World War Germany had a solid air force.

Addi Glunz stands beside his Fw 190A-7 W.Nr. 642 527 "White 9" on 22 February 1944. Photographed at Cambrai-Epinoy.colorized photo .

Addi Glunz stands beside his Fw W. 642 527 "White after six victories on 22 February Photographed at Cambrai-Epinoy.

Major Erich Leie was credited with 118 victories in over 500 missions. He recorded 76 victories over the Eastern front, including 32 Sturmovik ground attack aircraft. Of his 42 confirmed victories recorded over the Western front, 30 were Spitfire fighters and one was a four-engine bomber.

✠ Erich Leie September 1916 - 7 March Killed over Drogomyśl, 20 km northeast of Cieszyn, when he collided with a Russian Yak 9 and failed to survive a low level bail-out. RK Oberleutnant Flugzeugführer im Stab/JG 2

Luftwaffe Leutnant mit sein Schäferhund (Bf.109E-4) - could be  JG 26 "Schlageter". 1940

1940 - Luftwaffe Leutnant mit sein Schäferhund - could be JG 26 "Schlageter".

German air force bomber Heinkel He111 on mission. View from the cockpit, 1942.

German air force bomber Heinkel on mission. View from the cockpit, Luftwaffe

World War II - Junkers Ju87 Stuka - a disaster when put against the P 51 Mustang or Spitfire, slow and vulnerable. But good if no real opposition was around.

World War II - Junkers Stuka - a disaster when put against the P 51 Mustang or Spitfire, slow and vulnerable. But good if no real opposition was around.

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