94 German Pilots Accounted For Over 13,000 Allied Shootdowns.

by Daniel Russ on August 15, 2013

 

 

 

This one really shocked me. Less than 100 German aviators shot down 13,000 Allied aircraft. In fact, just 94 Luftwaffe pilots counted for 13,997 enemy aircraft.  And 34 of these pilots shot down over 150 planes a piece. 60 German pilots had between 100 and 150 aircraft.

 

German pilots had so much more experience that US pilots at the outset of World War II. They had already been flying and fighting for two years over France and Poland and North Africa. Their training was excellent and their equipment was also superb. Both the FW-190 and Me-109 account for most of those kills.

 

German Pilot Erich “Bubi” Hartman shot down 352 planes. This number is more planes than most experienced fighter pilots have had in a lifetime of missions. He is the top fighter ace of all time.

 

Of course each side counted kills differently, the most difficult being the Luftwaffe method that basically allows no sharing credits. You either made the kill solo or you didn’t. Planes destroyed on the ground were counted by the Russians, not the Germans.

 

 

.Source: Wiki

 

 

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Andrew Whitworth August 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

“German pilots had so much more experience that US pilots at the outset of World War II. They had already been flying and fighting for two years over France and Poland and North Africa.”

Hate to be a killjoy, but those years were also part of World War 2 – just the ones before the US joined in.

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