Adolf Galland

1912 - 1996

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Adolf Josef Ferdinand Galland (19 March 1912 – 9 February 1996) was a German Luftwaffe general and flying ace who served throughout the Second World War in Europe. He flew 705 combat missions, and fought on the Western Front and in the Defence of the Reich. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Adolf Galland has received more than 1,060,857 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Adolf Galland is the 8th most popular pilot (down from 6th in 2019), the 530th most popular biography from Germany (down from 432nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Pilot.

Adolf Galland was a German fighter pilot and general officer in the Luftwaffe during World War II. He was one of the leading German fighter pilots, achieving 102 aerial victories, all of them against the Western Allies. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, Nazi Germany's highest military decoration.

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Among pilots, Adolf Galland ranks 8 out of 48Before him are Amelia Earhart, Sabiha Gökçen, Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, Hanna Reitsch, Roland Garros, and Ernst Udet. After him are Francis Gary Powers, Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Chesley Sullenberger, Ivan Kozhedub, Hermann Graf, and Marina Raskova.

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Among people born in 1912, Adolf Galland ranks 26Before him are János Kádár, Sonja Henie, Millvina Dean, Hanna Reitsch, Gene Kelly, and Sergiu Celibidache. After him are James Callaghan, Robert Doisneau, Alois Brunner, Maria Mandl, Jozef Gabčík, and Pierre Boulle. Among people deceased in 1996, Adolf Galland ranks 18Before him are René Lacoste, Frank Whittle, Dzhokhar Dudayev, Paul Erdős, Gene Kelly, and Sergiu Celibidache. After him are Babrak Karmal, Tadeusz Reichstein, Silvio Piola, Artur Axmann, Odysseas Elytis, and Magda Schneider.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Adolf Galland ranks 530 out of 5,289Before him are August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767), Johann Rudolf Glauber (1604), Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1879), Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia (1892), Hans von Bülow (1830), and Adolf Windaus (1876). After him are Erwin Panofsky (1892), Georg Büchner (1813), Julia Drusilla (16), Otto Strasser (1897), Hans von Seeckt (1866), and Otto Rehhagel (1938).

Among PILOTS In Germany

Among pilots born in Germany, Adolf Galland ranks 2Before him are Ernst Udet (1896). After him are Hermann Graf (1912), Mathias Rust (1968), and Gotthard Handrick (1908).