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Erich Rudorffer

1917 - 2016

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Erich Rudorffer (1 November 1917 – 8 April 2016) was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace who was one of a handful who served with the Luftwaffe through the whole of World War II. He was one of the most successful fighter pilots in the history of air warfare, with 222 victories claimed. Rudorffer fought in all the major German theaters of war, including the European and Mediterranean Theater of Operations and the Eastern Front. During the war he flew more than 1000 combat missions, engaging in aerial combat over 300 times. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erich Rudorffer has received more than 267,794 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Erich Rudorffer is the 710th most popular military personnel (down from 701st in 2019), the 1,761st most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,783rd in 2019) and the 135th most popular German Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Erich Rudorffer ranks 710 out of 1,468Before him are Melita Norwood, Süleyman Hüsnü Pasha, Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke, Hikmat Mirzayev, Christian de Castries, and Walter Weiß. After him are James Bowie, Surena, Erich Brandenberger, Heinrich Eberbach, Iona Yakir, and Alexander Marinesko.

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Among people born in 1917, Erich Rudorffer ranks 96Before him are Otto Kittel, Giuseppe De Santis, Vasily Petrov, Maurice Trintignant, Yigael Yadin, and László Szabó. After him are Maya Deren, Augusto Roa Bastos, Yukio Tsuda, Kamal Jumblatt, David Easton, and Andrew Wyeth. Among people deceased in 2016, Erich Rudorffer ranks 101Before him are Henry Heimlich, Gordie Howe, Garry Marshall, Chris Amon, Mohamed Abdelaziz, and Bata Živojinović. After him are André Courrèges, Andrew Grove, Guy Hamilton, Yves Bonnefoy, Andrei Karlov, and Michu Meszaros.

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Among people born in Germany, Erich Rudorffer ranks 1,761 out of 6,142Before him are Meinhard III, Count of Gorizia-Tyrol (1344), Franz Pfeffer von Salomon (1888), Bastian Schweinsteiger (1984), Wolfgang Borchert (1921), Frederick IV, Elector Palatine (1574), and Gotthold Eisenstein (1823). After him are Johann Gottfried Bernhard Bach (1715), Princess Maria Ferdinanda of Saxony (1796), Joachim von Sandrart (1606), Adolf Bastian (1826), Katarina Witt (1965), and Princess Maria Anna of Hesse-Homburg (1785).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Erich Rudorffer ranks 135Before him are Ludwig Yorck von Wartenburg (1759), Kurt von Tippelskirch (1891), Max Immelmann (1890), Fritz Klingenberg (1912), Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg (1886), and Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke (1889). After him are Erich Brandenberger (1892), Heinrich Eberbach (1895), Prince Josias of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1737), Friedrich Hossbach (1894), Heinz Hitler (1920), and Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1721).