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The top Five Luftwaffe Aces of World War 2

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The top Five Luftwaffe Aces of World War 2

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1) Erich “Bubi” Hartmann – 352

The Germans called him Bubi, but the Soviets called him the Black Devil. He was the highest scoring pilot fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. He was only 20 years old, when he engaged in combat, in 1942.
This was his advice in flying combat:
Once committed to an attack, fly in at full speed. After scoring crippling or disabling hits, I would clear myself and then repeat the process. I never pursued the enemy once they had eluded me. Better to break off and set up again for a new assault. I always began my attacks from full strength, if possible, my ideal flying height being 22,000 ft because at that altitude I could best utilize the performance of my aircraft. Combat flying is based on the slashing attack and rough maneuvering. In combat flying, fancy precision aerobatic work is really not of much use. Instead, it is the rough maneuver which succeeds.”

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2) Gerhard “Gerd” Barkhorn – 301 kills

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3) Gunther Rall – 275 kills

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4) Otto Kittel – 267 kills

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5) Wilhelm “Willie” Batz – 237 kills

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