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German Aircraft Aces

Rank Name Victories Planes Units Awards
Major Erich "Bubi" Hartmann, Erich Hartmann 352   JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds
Major Gerhard Barkhorn 301   JG 6, JG 44, JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Major Günther Rall 275   JG 11, JG 52, JG 300 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
1st Lieutenant Otto Kittel 267   JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died February 14, 1945
Major Walter Nowotny 258 Fw 190, Me 262 JG 54 Knight's Cross with Diamonds, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds
Major Wilhelm Batz 237   JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Major Erich Rudorffer 222 Me 262 JG 2, JG 7, II/JG 54 Knight's Cross with Swords, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Oberstleutnant Heinz Bär 220 Me 262 JG 1, JG 3, JG 51, JG 77, III/EJG 2 Knight's Cross with Swords, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Colonel, Major Hermann Graf 212, 211 Bf 109 JG 52, JG 51, JG 50, JG 11 Knight's Cross with Diamonds, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds
Major Theodor Weissenberger 208 Me 262 I/JG 5, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Major Heinrich Ehrier 208 Me 262 JG 5, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Lieutenant-Colonel Hans Philip 206   JG 1, JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died October 8, 1943
Oberleutnant, 1st Lieutenant Walter Schuck 206 Me 262 10/JG 5, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Major Heinrich Ehrler 204   JG 5, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died April 6, 1945
1st Lieutenant Anton Hafner 204   JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died October 17, 1944
Captain Helmut Lipfert 203   JG 52, JG 53 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Rank Name Victories Planes Units Awards
Major Walter Krupinski 197   JG 11, JG 26, JG 44, JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Major Anton Hackl 192, 190   JG 11, JG 26, JG 76, JG 77, JG 300 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Captain Joachim Brendel 189   JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Captain Max Stotz 189   JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Captain Joachim Kirschner 188   JG 3, JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died December 17, 1943
Major Kurt Brändle 180   JG 3, JG 53 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died November 3, 1943
1st Lieutenant Günther Josten 178   JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Oberst, Colonel Johannes Steinhoff 176 Me 262 JG 7, JG 52, JG 77 Knight's Cross with Swords, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
1st Lieutenant Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert 174   JG 27, JG 77 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Captain Günther Schack 174   JG 3, JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Captain Emil Lang 173   JG 26, JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died September 3, 1944
Captain Heinz Schmidt 173   JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died September 5, 1943
Major Horst Ademeit 166   JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Colonel Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke 162   JG 1, JG 3, JG 53 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died March 23, 1944
Captain Hans-Joachim Marseille 158   JG 27 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds, Died September 30, 1942
Captain Heinrich Sturm 158   JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died December 22, 1944
1st Lieutenant Gerhard Thyben 157   JG 3, JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
1st Lieutenant Hans Beisswenger 152   JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died March 6, 1943
Lieutenant Peter Düttmann 152   JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Colonel Gordon M. Gollob, Gordon Gollob 150 JG 3, JG 7   Knights Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds
  Fritz Tegtmeier 146      
  Albin Wolf 144      
  Kurt Tanzer 143      
  Friedrich-Karl Müller 140      
  Karl Gratz 138      
  Heinrich Setz 138      
  Rudolf Trenkel 138      
  Franz Schall 137 Me-262    
  Walter Wolfrum 137      
  Horst-Günther von Fassong 136      
  Otto Fönnekold 136      
  Karl-Heinz Weber 136      
Major Joachim Müncheberg 135   JG 26, JG 51, JG 77 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died March 23, 1944
Oberleutnant Hans Waldmann 134 Me 262 III/JG 3, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
  Alfred Grislawski 133      
Oberleutnant Franz Schall 133 Me 262 Komando Nowotny, JG 7 Knight's Cross
  Johannes Wiese 133      
  Adolf Borchers 132      
  Adolf Dickfeld 132      
  Erwin Clausen 132      
  Wilhelm Lemke 131      
  Gerhard Hoffman 130      
  Heinrich Sterr 130      
  Franz Eisenach 129      
  Walther Dahl 129      
  Franz Dörr 128      
Leutnant Rudolf Rademacher 126 Me 262 EJG 1, JG 7 Knight's Cross
  Josef Zwernemann 126      
  Dietrich Hrabak 125      
  Wolf-Udo Ettel 124      
Colonel Herbert Ihlefeld 130, 123   JG 77 During Spanish Civil War: 9, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Wolfgang Tonne 122      
  Heinz Marquardt 121      
Oberleutnant, Major Heinz Schnaufer, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer 121 Bf 110 NJG 1, NJG 4 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Diamonds, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds
  Robert Weiß 121      
  Friedrich Obleser 120      
  Erich Leie 118      
  Franz-Josef Beerenbrok 117      
  Hans-Joachim Birkner 117      
  Jakob Norz 117      
Colonel Walter Oesau 125, 117   JG 1, JG 2, JG 3, JG 51 During Spanish Civil War: 8, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died May 11, 1944
  Heinz Wernicke 117      
  August Lambert 116      
Colonel Werner Mölders 115   JG 51 During Spanish Civil War: 14, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds, Died November, 22, 1941
  Wilhelm Crinius 114      
Major Werner Schröer 114   JG 3, JG 27, JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Hans Dammers 113      
  Berthold Korts 113      
Colonel Helmut Lent 113, 110   NJG 1, NJG 2, NJG 3 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds, Died October 7, 1944
Lietentant-Colonel Kurt Bühligen 112, 108   JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Kurt Ubben 110      
  Franz Woidich 110      
  Reinhard Seiler 109      
  Emil Bitsch 108      
  Hans Hahn 108      
  Bernhard Vechtel 108      
  Viktor Bauer 106      
  Werner Lucas 106      
Colonel Günther Lützow 105, 103   JG 3, JG 44 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died April 24, 1945
Lieutenant-General Adolf Galland 104, 103 Me-262 JG 26 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds
  Eberhard von Boremski 104      
  Heinz Sachsenberg 104      
  Hartmann Grasser 103      
  Siegfried Freytag 102      
  Friedrich Geisshardt 102      
Lieutenant-Colonel Egon Mayer 102   JG 2 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died March 2, 1944
1st Lieutenant Max-Helmuth Ostermann 102   JG 54 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died August 9, 1942
Major Josef Wurmheller 102   JG 2, JG 53 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died June 22, 1944
  Rudolf Miethig 101      
Colonel Josef Priller 101   JG 26, JG 51 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Ulrich Wernitz 101      
Rank Name Victories Planes Units Awards
Lietenant Leopold Steinbatz 99   JG 52 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died June 15, 1942
Major Wolfgang Späte 99 Me 262 JG 400, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
  Gustav Rödel 98      
  Hermann Schleinhege 97      
  Rudolf Müller 94      
  Helmut Bennemann 93      
  Oskar Romm 92      
  Anton Mader 86      
Major Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Prince Sayn-Wittgenstein 83   NJG 2, NJG 3 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died January 21, 1944
Oberleutnant Hans Grünberg 82 Me 262 5/JG 3, JG 7 Knight's Cross
  Emil Darjes 82      
  Franz Beyer 81      
  Hugo Broch 81      
  Herbert Bachnick 80      
Hauptmann Georg-Peter Eder 78 Me 262 Komando Nowotny, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
  Hubertus von Bonin 77      
  Johannes Bunzek 75      
Oberleutnant Adolf Glunz 71 Me 262 II/JG 26, JG 7 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves
Major Wilhelm Herget 71   NJG 3, NJG 4 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Rudi Linz 70      
  Lutz-Wilhelm Burckhardt 69      
  Kurt Dombacher 68      
  Franz Schiess 67      
  Erbo Graf von Kageneck 67      
Colonel Werner Streib 66   NJG 1 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Captain Manfred Meurer 65   NJG 1, NJG 5 Night fighter, Night's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died January 21, 1944
  Werner Streib 65      
Leutnant Viktor Petermann 64 Me 262 II/JG 52, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Colonel Günther Radusch 64   NJG 1, NJG 2, NJG 3, NJG 5 Night fighter, Night's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Captain Heinz Rökker 64   NJG 2 Night fighter, Night's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Major Rudolf Schönert 64   NJG 1, NJG 5, NJG 100 Night fighter, Night's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Major Herman Staiger 63 Me 262 II/JG 1, JG 7 Knight's Cross
1st Lieutenant Kurt Welter 63, >50 Me-262 JG 300, NJG 11 Night's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Heino Cordes 62      
  Gehard Beutin 60      
  Hans Ekkehard 60      
  Horst Carganico 60      
  Franz Czech 60      
  Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt 59      
  Walter Borchers 59      
Major Paul Zorner 59   NJG 2, NJG 3, NJG 5 , NJG 100 Night fighter, Night's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Martin Becker 58      
Oberfeldwebel Hermann Buchner 58 Me 262 II/SG 2, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Captain Gerhard Raht 58   NJG 2 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Heinrich-Wilhelm Ahnert 57      
  Konrad Bauer 57      
  Walter Brandt 57      
  Herbert Bronnle 57      
  Dugo Dahmer 57      
1st Lieutenant Gustave Francsi 56   NJG 100 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Captain Josef Kraft 56   NJG 1, NHJ 4, NJG 5, NJG 6 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Captain Heinz Strüning 56   NJG 1, NJG 2 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died December 24, 1944
Hauptmann Helmut Wick 56 Bf 109 I/JG 2, 3/JG 2 Knight's Cross
  Herbert Bareuther 55      
  Wilhelm-Ferdinand Galland 55      
Captain Hans-Dieter Frank 55   NJG 1 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died April 26, 1944
Major Erich Hohagen 55 Me 262 III/EJG 2, JG 7 Knight's Cross
Flight Sergeant Heinz Vinke 54   NJG 1 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died February 26, 1944
  Johann Badum 54      
  Albert Brunner 53      
  Heinz-Edgar Berres 53      
Captain August Geiger 53   NJG 1 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died September 27, 1943
Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Lütje 53   NJG 1, NJG 6 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Franz Barten 52, 53      
Major Martin Drewes 52   NJG 1 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Major Werner Hoffmann 52   NJG 3, NJG 5 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Major Prince Lippe-Weissenfeld 51   NJG 1, NJG 2, NJG 5 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died March 12, 1944
Captain Hermann Greiner 50   NJG 1 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Oberleutnants, Lieutenant Colonel Hans-Joachim Jabs 50, 28 Me 110 II/ZG 76, NJG 1 As night fighter 28, Knight's Cross, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
Rank Name Victories Planes Units Awards
  Heinz Arnold 49      
Staff Sergeant Reinhard Kollak 49   NJG 1, NJG 4 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Friedrich Beckh 48      
  Wilhelm Balthasar 47      
  Hans-Heinz Augenstein 46      
Captain Ludwig Becker 46   NJG 1, NJG 2 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died February 26, 1943
  Karl Schnörrer 46      
  Wolfgan Böwing Treuding 46      
Lieutenant Rudolf Frank 45   NJG 3 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died April 26, 1944
1st Lieutenant Paul Gildner 44   NJG 1 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died February 24, 1943
Captain Reinhold Knacke 44   NJG 1 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords, Died February 3, 1943
Oberleutnant Walter Wever 44 Me 262 I/ JG 51, JG 7 Knight's Cross
  Ludwig Franzisket 43      
  Karl Boris 43      
  Jürgen Brocke 42      
  Norbert Hannig 42      
  Werner Baake 41      
  Rudolf Busch 40      
  Peter Bremer 40      
  Eckhart-Wilhelm von Bonin 39      
  Ernst Borngen 38      
  Klaus Neumann 37 Me-262    
  Heinz Bretnutz 37      
  Gunther Bertram 35      
  Paul Brandt 34      
  Heinz Beyer 33      
  Franz Blazytko 30      
  Max Bucholz 30      
  Erich Bartz 30      
  Walter Adolph 29      
  Hans-Heinrich Koenig 28      
  Ernst Andres 28      
  Alfred Burk 28      
  Anton Benning 28      
  Karl Beckmann 27      
  Emil Clade 27      
Unteroffizier Willi Maximowitz 25 Fw 190 JG 3 German Cross in Gold
  Egon Albrecht 25      
  Ludwig Bellof 25      
Rank Name Victories Planes Units Awards
  Fritz Müller 22      
  Artur Beese 22      
  Helmut-Felix Bolz 20 (3 in Spain)      
  Helmut Baudach 20      
  Rudolph Anter 20      
  Paul Becker 20      
  Hans Berschwinger 20      
  Paul Galland 16      
  Günther Wegmann 14      
  Hans-Ulrich Rudel 13     800 vehicles, 519 tanks, 150 artillery, destroyer, 2 cruisers, 1 battleship (Marat), 70 landing craft, 4 armored trains, several bridges
  Helmut Lennartz 13      
Colonel Hajo Herrmann 9   JG 30, JG 300 Night fighter, Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves with Swords
  Erich Büttner 8 Jet    
  Hans-Dieter Weihs 8 Jet    
  Alfred Ambs 7 Jet    
  Karl-Heinz Becker 7 Jet    
  Franz Köster 7 Jet    
  Joseph Heim 5 Jet    
  Alfred Schreiber 5 Jet    

Sources:

  1. Jagdgeschwader 7 "Nowotny", Robert Forsyth, 2008
  2. Aircraft of the Aces Legends of World War 2, Tony Holmes, 2000
  3. The Luftwaffe War Diaries, Cajus Bekker, 1964
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