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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 seven American while serving with the Luftwaffe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich Hartmann has received more than 2,573,238 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Erich Hartmann is the 64th most popular military personnel (up from 81st in 2019), the 173rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 201st in 2019) and the 15th 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 64 out of 1,468Before him are Erich Ludendorff, Albrecht von Wallenstein, Charles de Batz de Castelmore d'Artagnan, Erich Raeder, Mikhail Kutuzov, and Hamilcar Barca. After him are Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Bernard Montgomery, Charles X Gustav of Sweden, Ferdinand Foch, Seleucus I Nicator, and Edward Smith.

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Among people born in 1922, Erich Hartmann ranks 11Before him are Thomas Kuhn, Christopher Lee, Judy Garland, Norodom Sihanouk, Ava Gardner, and Pierre Cardin. After him are Franjo Tuđman, Hiroo Onoda, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Erving Goffman, Jack Kerouac, and Emil Zátopek. Among people deceased in 1993, Erich Hartmann ranks 5Before him are Pablo Escobar, Audrey Hepburn, Federico Fellini, and Rudolf Nureyev. After him are Frank Zappa, James Hunt, Baudouin of Belgium, William Golding, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Turgut Özal, and Zviad Gamsakhurdia.

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Among people born in Germany, Erich Hartmann ranks 173 out of 6,142Before him are Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850), Hermann von Helmholtz (1821), Otto Hahn (1879), Princess Sophie of Bavaria (1805), Oswald Spengler (1880), and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (1926). After him are Max Ernst (1891), Magda Goebbels (1901), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Johann Pachelbel (1653), Baron d'Holbach (1723), and Wilhelm Dilthey (1833).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Erich Hartmann ranks 15Before him are Baron Munchausen (1720), Ernst Röhm (1887), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Alfred Jodl (1890), Walter Model (1891), and Erich Raeder (1876). After him are Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Michel Ney (1769), Wilhelm Canaris (1887), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Albert Kesselring (1885), and John of Austria (1547).