Wilhelm Batz

1916 - 1988

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Wilhelm Batz (21 May 1916 – 11 September 1988) was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace during World War II. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more aircraft during aerial combat. Batz flew 445 combat missions and claimed 237 aircraft shot down; 234 victories were achieved over the Eastern Front, including at least 46 Ilyushin Il-2 ground-attack aircraft. Batz claimed three victories, including one four-engine bomber against the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) over the Ploieşti oil fields. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Batz has received more than 111,043 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Wilhelm Batz is the 1,195th most popular military personnel, the 2,905th most popular biography from Germany and the 222nd most popular German Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Wilhelm Batz ranks 1,195 out of 2,058Before him are Iosif Igelström, Arthur Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder, Alexander Tormasov, Bernard Freyberg, 1st Baron Freyberg, Antonio Maceo Grajales, and Henri Mathias Berthelot. After him are Claude François de Malet, Werner Goldberg, Hajo Herrmann, Hans Joachim von Zieten, Adolf William, Duke of Saxe-Eisenach, and Arthur Arz von Straußenburg.

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Among people born in 1916, Wilhelm Batz ranks 118Before him are Penelope Fitzgerald, Amha Selassie, Hilary Koprowski, Moondog, Giuseppe Taddei, and Julian Rotter. After him are Jacques Georges, Harold Robbins, Walter Cronkite, James Herriot, Anthony Dawson, and Sangoulé Lamizana. Among people deceased in 1988, Wilhelm Batz ranks 100Before him are Giorgio Almirante, Andy Gibb, Paula Mollenhauer, Francis Ponge, Erich Probst, and John Houseman. After him are Frederick Ashton, Aparicio Méndez, Tore Keller, Erich Fried, Rose Ausländer, and Frank Zamboni.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Batz ranks 2,905 out of 7,253Before him are Adolf Ziegler (1892), Friedrich Meinecke (1862), Johann Christian Poggendorff (1796), Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (1676), Johann Fust (1400), and Johann Kremer (1883). After him are Armin Laschet (1961), Werner Goldberg (1919), Friedrich Wilhelm Schadow (1789), Matthias Weckmann (1619), Samuel Gottlieb Gmelin (1744), and Paul Ben-Haim (1897).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Wilhelm Batz ranks 222Before him are Otto von Knobelsdorff (1886), Carl Hilpert (1888), Gustav-Adolf von Zangen (1892), Eduard Wagner (1894), Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch (1888), and Josias von Heeringen (1850). After him are Werner Goldberg (1919), Hajo Herrmann (1913), Hans Joachim von Zieten (1699), Adolf William, Duke of Saxe-Eisenach (1632), Wilhelm Brückner (1884), and Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin (1684).