The most successful fighter ace of all time

Names such as Manfred Von Richthofen, Herman Graf and Adolf Galland have ricocheted through the decades, each acting as a longstanding reminder of their owner’s achievements. Another such name that time cannot surpass is that of Erich Hartmann, who is arguably better known than any.

While serving in Germany’s Luftwaffe in World War II, Erich Hartmann flew more than 1,400 missions in a Messerschmitt Bf 109, enabling him to score an astounding 352 kills. He has been called the ‘Blond Knight’ by the Americans and ‘Cherny Chort’ (Black Devil) by the Russians, but he was commonly known as ‘Bubi’ (boy or kid) to his fellow Luftwaffe fighter pilots due to his youthful appearance.

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