Walter Nowotny

1920 - 1944

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Walter Nowotny (7 December 1920 – 8 November 1944) was an Austrian-born fighter ace of the Luftwaffe in World War II. He is credited with 258 aerial victories—that is, 258 aerial combat encounters resulting in the destruction of the enemy aircraft—in 442 combat missions. Nowotny achieved 255 of these victories on the Eastern Front and three while flying one of the first jet fighters, the Messerschmitt Me 262, in the Defense of the Reich. He scored most of his victories in the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, and approximately 50 in the Messerschmitt Bf 109. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Nowotny has received more than 321,456 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Walter Nowotny is the 329th most popular military personnel (up from 370th in 2019), the 201st most popular biography from Austria (up from 218th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Austrian Military Personnel.

Walter Nowotny is most famous for his work in the field of quantum physics. He is also well known for his contribution to the development of the theory of nuclear fusion.

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Among military personnels, Walter Nowotny ranks 329 out of 1,466Before him are Datis, Eduard Dietl, Fyodor Tolbukhin, Iwane Matsui, Jan Henryk Dąbrowski, and Jacques MacDonald. After him are Polyperchon, Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Roger de Flor, Toyotomi Hideyori, Charles François Dumouriez, and Kirill Meretskov.

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Among people born in 1920, Walter Nowotny ranks 43Before him are Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Alberto Sordi, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Sun Myung Moon, Yoshiko Yamaguchi, and Gunnar Gren. After him are Maureen O'Hara, Frank Sheeran, Ștefan Kovács, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Michèle Morgan, and Timothy Leary. Among people deceased in 1944, Walter Nowotny ranks 51Before him are Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Kasturba Gandhi, Abbas II of Egypt, Friedrich Dollmann, Hans-Valentin Hube, and Eduard Dietl. After him are August Landmesser, Bronislav Kaminski, Emilio De Bono, Jean Giraudoux, Harold Lowe, and Christian Wirth.

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Among people born in Austria, Walter Nowotny ranks 201 out of 1,075Before him are Franz I, Prince of Liechtenstein (1853), Ingeborg Bachmann (1926), Eduard Strauss (1835), Miep Gies (1909), Bertha Pappenheim (1859), and Karl Böhm (1894). After him are Elizabeth of Austria (1437), Johann Georg Albrechtsberger (1736), Archduke Charles Joseph of Austria (1745), Franz Xaver Süssmayr (1766), Frederick II, Duke of Austria (1211), and Josef von Sternberg (1894).


Among military personnels born in Austria, Walter Nowotny ranks 9Before him are Roman von Ungern-Sternberg (1886), Franz Stangl (1908), Józef Poniatowski (1763), Alois Brunner (1912), Lothar Rendulic (1887), and Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen (1817). After him are Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf (1852), Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg (1771), Leopold Joseph von Daun (1705), Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria (1614), Gustav Wagner (1911), and Karl Silberbauer (1911).