Erich Hartmann

1922 - 1993

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Erich Alfred Hartmann (19 April 1922 – 20 September 1993) was a German fighter pilot during World War II and the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. He flew 1,404 combat missions and participated in aerial combat on 825 separate occasions. He was credited with shooting down a total of 352 Allied aircraft: 345 Soviet and 7 American while serving with the Luftwaffe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich Hartmann has received more than 3,033,818 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Erich Hartmann is the 88th most popular military personnel (down from 66th in 2019), the 238th most popular biography from Germany (down from 173rd in 2019) and the 18th most popular German Military Personnel.

Erich Hartmann was a German fighter pilot and the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. He is credited with shooting down 352 Allied aircraft in over 1500 combat missions.

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Among military personnels, Erich Hartmann ranks 88 out of 2,058Before him are Abu Muslim, Qasem Soleimani, Yi Sun-sin, Võ Nguyên Giáp, Ivan Konev, and Subutai. After him are Hattori Hanzō, Walther von Brauchitsch, Hephaestion, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Nero Claudius Drusus, and Mikhail Tukhachevsky.

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Among people born in 1922, Erich Hartmann ranks 13Before him are Norodom Sihanouk, Judy Garland, Franjo Tuđman, Pierre Cardin, Thomas Kuhn, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali. After him are Gérard Philipe, Ava Gardner, Erving Goffman, Liliane Bettencourt, Emil Zátopek, and Hiroo Onoda. Among people deceased in 1993, Erich Hartmann ranks 7Before him are Pablo Escobar, Audrey Hepburn, Federico Fellini, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Rudolf Nureyev, and Baudouin of Belgium. After him are William Golding, Frank Zappa, James Hunt, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Turgut Özal, and Anthony Burgess.

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Among people born in Germany, Erich Hartmann ranks 238 out of 7,253Before him are Max Scheler (1874), Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838), Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717), Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg (1620), Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden (1710), and Georgius Agricola (1494). After him are Rudolf I of Germany (1218), Paul Heyse (1830), Herbert Marcuse (1898), Carl Schmitt (1888), Walther von Brauchitsch (1881), and Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor (1016).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Erich Hartmann ranks 18Before him are Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), Walter Model (1891), Erich Raeder (1876), Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742), and Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800). After him are Walther von Brauchitsch (1881), Albert Kesselring (1885), Heinrich Müller (1900), Wilhelm Canaris (1887), John of Austria (1547), and Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876).