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 at the age of 19, and eventually became a notable flying ace of World War I, scoring 62 confirmed victories by the end of his life. 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 675,288 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Ernst Udet is the 7th most popular pilot (up from 8th in 2019), the 514th most popular biography from Germany (down from 513th in 2019) and the 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 7 out of 48Before him are Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Sabiha Gökçen, Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, Hanna Reitsch, and Roland Garros. After him are Adolf Galland, Francis Gary Powers, Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Chesley Sullenberger, Ivan Kozhedub, and Hermann Graf.

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Among people born in 1896, Ernst Udet ranks 27Before him are Milena Jesenská, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, A. J. Cronin, Dziga Vertov, Gerty Cori, and Buenaventura Durruti. After him are Donald Winnicott, Italo Balbo, Célestin Freinet, Erich Koch, Helen of Greece and Denmark, and John Dos Passos. Among people deceased in 1941, Ernst Udet ranks 20Before him are Maurice Leblanc, El Lissitzky, Paul Sabatier, Marina Tsvetaeva, Ioannis Metaxas, and Werner Sombart. After him are Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Frederick Banting, Werner Mölders, Hans Spemann, Edward Rydz-Śmigły, and Prajadhipok.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Ernst Udet ranks 514 out of 5,289Before him are Maximilian von Weichs (1881), Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1908), Sophia Dorothea of Hanover (1687), Moritz Schlick (1882), Bruno Bauer (1809), and John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony (1503). After him are Julius von Mayer (1814), Richard von Weizsäcker (1920), Luz Long (1913), Michael Thonet (1796), Prince Maximilian of Baden (1867), and Walther Rathenau (1867).

Among PILOTS In Germany

Among pilots born in Germany, Ernst Udet ranks 1After him are Adolf Galland (1912), Hermann Graf (1912), Mathias Rust (1968), and Gotthard Handrick (1908).