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 2,322,291 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia. Erich Hartmann is the 81st most popular military personnel (down from 75th in 2019), the 201st most popular biography from Germany (down from 199th in 2019) and the 17th 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 81 out of 1,466Before him are Võ Nguyên Giáp, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Michel Ney, and Helmuth von Moltke the Elder. After him are Minamoto no Yoshitsune, George S. Patton, Alexander Suvorov, Eugène de Beauharnais, Jan Žižka, and Zhao Yun.

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Among people born in 1922, Erich Hartmann ranks 11Before him are Christopher Lee, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Thomas Kuhn, Norodom Sihanouk, Franjo Tuđman, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali. After him are Ava Gardner, Erving Goffman, Jack Kerouac, Emil Zátopek, Pierre Cardin, and Gérard Philipe. Among people deceased in 1993, Erich Hartmann ranks 7Before him are Pablo Escobar, Audrey Hepburn, Federico Fellini, Rudolf Nureyev, Frank Zappa, and William Golding. After him are Baudouin of Belgium, James Hunt, Turgut Özal, Ferruccio Lamborghini, Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, and Albert Sabin.

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Among people born in Germany, Erich Hartmann ranks 201 out of 5,289Before him are Baron d'Holbach (1723), Wilhelm Dilthey (1833), Ilse Koch (1906), Justus von Liebig (1803), Michel Ney (1769), and Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800). After him are Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Konstantin von Neurath (1873), Magda Goebbels (1901), Michael Schumacher (1969), Wilhelm, German Crown Prince (1882), and Nico (1938).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Erich Hartmann ranks 17Before him are Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Walter Model (1891), Erich Raeder (1876), Wilhelm Canaris (1887), Michel Ney (1769), and Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800). After him are Albert Kesselring (1885), Walther von Brauchitsch (1881), John of Austria (1547), Hermann Hoth (1885), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742).