Ernst Udet

1896 - 1941

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Ernst Udet (26 April 1896 – 17 November 1941) was a German pilot during World War I and a Luftwaffe Colonel-General (Generaloberst) during World War II. Udet joined the Imperial German Air Service in April 1915 at the age of 19, and eventually became a notable flying ace of World War I, scoring 62 confirmed victories. The highest scoring German fighter pilot to survive that war, and the second-highest scoring after Manfred von Richthofen, his commander in the Flying Circus, Udet rose to become a squadron commander under Richthofen, and later under Hermann Göring. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernst Udet has received more than 854,712 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Ernst Udet is the 8th most popular pilot, the 620th most popular biography from Germany (down from 548th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Pilot.

Ernst Udet was a German fighter pilot during World War I and World War II. He was also a test pilot and designer of World War II aircraft.

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Among pilots, Ernst Udet ranks 8 out of 71Before him are Amelia Earhart, Roland Garros, Sabiha Gökçen, Hanna Reitsch, Adolf Galland, and Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen. After him are Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Francis Gary Powers, Ivan Kozhedub, Hermann Graf, Chesley Sullenberger, and Chuck Yeager.

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Among people born in 1896, Ernst Udet ranks 29Before him are Oswald Mosley, Donald Winnicott, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Buenaventura Durruti, Carl Ferdinand Cori, and Italo Balbo. After him are Anna Anderson, Erich Koch, Célestin Freinet, Howard Hawks, John Dos Passos, and A. J. Cronin. Among people deceased in 1941, Ernst Udet ranks 23Before him are Ioannis Metaxas, Hans Spemann, Marina Tsvetaeva, Frederick Banting, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Edward Rydz-Śmigły. After him are Prajadhipok, Werner Mölders, Werner Sombart, Kurt Koffka, Ludwig Quidde, and Günther Prien.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ernst Udet ranks 620 out of 7,253Before him are Bert Trautmann (1923), Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst (1819), Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria (1801), Otto Ohlendorf (1907), Otto Günsche (1917), and Constanze Mozart (1762). After him are Hermann Müller (1876), Hermann von Salza (1170), Fritz Strassmann (1902), Gustav Heinemann (1899), Otto Strasser (1897), and August Weismann (1834).

Among PILOTS In Germany

Among pilots born in Germany, Ernst Udet ranks 2Before him are Adolf Galland (1912). After him are Hermann Graf (1912), Mathias Rust (1968), Helmut Wick (1915), and Gotthard Handrick (1908).