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 347,083 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Walter Nowotny is the 397th most popular military personnel (down from 329th in 2019), the 241st most popular biography from Austria (down from 201st in 2019) and the 11th most popular 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 397 out of 1,468Before him are Honda Tadakatsu, Erasmo of Narni, Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, Hermann Balck, Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad, and Louis-Gabriel Suchet. After him are Otto von Below, Herbert Gille, Zhang He, Nikolaus von Falkenhorst, François Achille Bazaine, and Dmitry Pavlov.

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Among people born in 1920, Walter Nowotny ranks 49Before him are Sergei Bondarchuk, Michèle Morgan, Kaysone Phomvihane, Sun Myung Moon, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Baruj Benacerraf. After him are Gunnar Gren, Frank Sheeran, E. Donnall Thomas, George Porter, Lawrence Klein, and Ivan Kozhedub. Among people deceased in 1944, Walter Nowotny ranks 58Before him are August Landmesser, Albrecht Mertz von Quirnheim, Bertha Benz, Bronislav Kaminski, Mohammed Alim Khan, and George Stinney. After him are Otto von Below, Princess Mafalda of Savoy, Vera Menchik, Jean Giraudoux, Christian Wirth, and Infanta Maria Theresa of Portugal.

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Among people born in Austria, Walter Nowotny ranks 241 out of 1,237Before him are Alexander Wienerberger (1891), Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (1892), Bruno Kreisky (1911), Karl Seitz (1869), Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria (1762), and Paul Lazarsfeld (1901). After him are Leopold VI, Duke of Austria (1176), Karl Lueger (1844), Maria Leopoldine of Austria (1632), Claudia Felicitas of Austria (1653), Ludwig von Bertalanffy (1901), and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria (1610).


Among military personnels born in Austria, Walter Nowotny ranks 11Before him are Franz Stangl (1908), Lothar Rendulic (1887), Alois Brunner (1912), Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen (1817), Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf (1852), and Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg (1771). After him are Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria (1818), Karl Silberbauer (1911), Leopold Joseph von Daun (1705), Matthäus Hetzenauer (1924), Gustav Wagner (1911), and Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria (1614).