Luftwaffe Top-Scorers Against USAAF
  Georg-Peter Eder

by courtesy of Dominique MASSARD

Forewords : if comparisons of the Luftwaffe Fighters Pilots, with Russian pilots or English pilots or any other pilots from other countries, would lead quickly to some results without great significations (due to the too big differences and complexities of stakes parameters between the forces in presence), it is absolutely not the same stand when referring to the specific comparison between Luftwaffe and USAAF pilots.

Indeed , Americans had on their side :

All these parameters force to build the assumption that USAAF can be considered as the strongest air-force reference during WWII; and comparisons with a such high reference can only end ultimately with interesting and indisputable conclusions about the counterparts who are compared in such process, in term of skill and efficiency.

In this way, the following table gives the list of the Luftwaffe pilots who exceeded the US top-scorer victories tally on European theatre namely 28 air victories (highest US score reached by R.S. Johnson and F. Gabreski) against US opponents only, in order to allow a quick and simple comparison between pilots from both sides (same time, same battlefields)

The result is self-explanatory: it can be noted that at least 30 Luftwaffe aces achieved to exceed Top-US score against USAAF opponents, the 1st ranking ace (Georg-Peter Eder) by even achieving twice this top-US score with exactly 56 victories against the sole USAAF opponents !

Better than all other statistics, this two facts define perfectly the real brand and stuff of the Luftwaffe Fighters Pilots.

Last but not the least : it has to be reminded that those victories against US opponents represent, for some of these Luftwaffe pilots, only a small part of their complete victories list. Most of them were indeed able to gain numerous other victories against British, Russian, Pole, French, Belgian, Greek, Yugoslavian or other foes (refer to the attached table for the complete and final individual scores, and to each pilot`s page for the precise victories lists)

The reasons of such individual successes, could be found in the bravery and sacrifice the Luftwaffe Fighters Pilots had to shown in their daily fights to survive (some of them never stopped fighting during the 5 years of the conflict !) .... when they succeeded to do it: no less than one third of these very skilled and outstanding pilots, finally lost their life too in this attrition war...

List

Rank

First Name

Last Name

US kills

West Europe

Mediterranean / North Africa

Grand Total (incl. East)

Details of US downed aircrafts

Awards

KIA date

1

Maj.

Georg-Peter

Eder

56

68

0

78

36 viermots, 10xP47, 7xP51, 3xP38

RK-EL

-

2

Obstlt.

Kurt

Bühligen

51

67

45

112

At least 13xP38, 11 viermots, 9xP47, 7 US Spitfire, 1xB26, 1xP51, 1xP39

RK-S

-

3

Obstlt.

Heinz "Pritzel"

Bär

49+

59

65

220

21 viermots, 11xP51, 10xP47, 3xP38, 2xB25, 1xA20,1xP40

RK-S

-

4

Maj.

Anton "Toni"

Hackl

47

55

6

192

34 viermots (incl. 1 british), 6xP47, 3xP38, 2xP51, 3 "X"

RK-S

-

5

Obst

Walther

Dahl

41+

41+

0

128 ?

30 viermots; at least 6xP51, 3xP38, 2xP47

RK-EL

-

6

Oblt.

Konrad "Pitt"

Bauer

40+

50

0

68

32 viermots; at least 7xP51, 1xP38

RK

-

7

Obstlt.

Egon

Mayer

40

102

0

102

26 viermots, 12xP47, 1xB26, 1xP38

RK-S (+)

2.3.1944

8

Ofw.

Heinrich

Bartels

39

28

24

99

14xP38, 11xP51, 9xP47, 2 viermots, 2xB25

RK

23.12.1944

9

Hptm.

Siegfried

Lemke

   39 ?

69

0

70

21? viermots, 8xP47, 6xP51, 2xP38, 2xB26, 1xB25, 1xP39

RK

-

10

Maj.

Werner

Schroer

36

41

61

114

26 viermots, 8xP38, 1xP51, 1xP39

RK-S

-

11

Maj.

Rolf-Günther

Hermichen

35

53

0

64

26 viermots, 3xP47, 2xP38, 1xP51, 1 US Spitfire, 2 "X"

RK-EK

-

12

Oblt.

Herbert

Rollwage

  33+

24

36

ca 85

14 viermots, 8xP38, 6xP47, 2xB26, 1xP51, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Piper

RK-EL

-

13

Hptm.

Hans

Ehlers

33 to 35

42

0

52

24 viermots; at least 4xP51, 3xP47, 2xP38

RK

27.12.1944

14

Maj.

Hermann

Staiger

33

49

0

63

25 viermots, 5xP47, 3xP38

RK

-

15

Lt.

Anton-Rudolf

Piffer

32

35

u

35

26 viermots, 2xP47, 2xP38, 1xP51, 1 Auster

RK (+)

17.6.1944

16

Oblt.

Wilhelm "Willy"

Kientsch

31

12

41

53

20 viermots, 9xP38, 1xB25, 1xP47

RK-EL (+)

29.1.1944

17

Oblt.

Ersnt-Wilhelm

Reinert

30

11

60

174

7xP51, 7xP40, 6xP39, 3xP38, 2 viermots, 2xA20, 1xB25, 1xP47, 1 Auster

RK-S

-

18

Hptm.

Josef "Sepp"

Wurmheller

30

93

0

102

22 viermots, 3xP47, 2xP51, 2xB26, 1xP38

RK-S (+)

22.6.1944

19

Oberst

Gustav

Rödel

30

29

68

98

13 viermots, 5xP38, 5xP39, 4xP47, 2xB25, 1xP51

RK-EL

-

20

Oblt.

Adolf "Addi"

Glunz

30

68

0

71

19 viermots, 9xP47,1xP38, 1xC47 (+ 1 british P51)

RK-EL

-

21

Hptm.

Heinz

Knoke

30

33

0

33

19 viermots, 5xP51, 5xP47,1xP38

RK

-

22

Maj.

Friedrich-Karl "Tutti"

Müller

29

34

19

140

23 viermots, 4xP38, 1xB25, 1xP51

RK-EL

29.5.1944

23

Maj.

Klaus

Mietusch

29

50

10

75

16 viermots, 6xP38, 6xP47, 1xP51

RK-EL (+)

17.9.1944

24

Oblt.

Wilhelm

Hofmann

29

43

0

44

13xP47, 10xP51 (incl. 5 british), 6 viermots, 2xP38, 2 Auster, 1xC47

RK

26.3.1945

25

Oblt.

Waldemar

Radener

   29 ?

37

0

37

15 viermots, 11xP47, 2xP51, 1xP38 (some not confirmed)

RK

-

26

Hptm.

Rüdiger

von Kirchmayr

    28 ++

41

0

50

21? viermots; at least 2xP51, 2xP47, 2xP38, 1xB26

RK

-

27

Hptm.

Fritz

Karch

28+

47

0

47

21 viermots; at least 4xP47, 3xP38

RK

-

28

Hptm.

Hugo

Frey

28

31

0

32

25 viermots, 2xP47, 1xP51

RK (+)

4.5.1944

29

Ofw.

Eduard

Isken

27+

-

-

56

17 viermots; at least 5xP38, 2xP51, 2xP47, 1xB26

RK

-

30

Hptm.

Wilhelm

Steinmann

26 to 32

19

21

44

At least 11xP51, 7xP47, 6 viermots, 1xB25, 1xP38

RK

-

Legend:

US kills: total of US downed aircrafts , credited to the pilot; Those US victories were gained on the 2 following theatres: West Europe: total of victories claimed on the Western European front (refer to Kanaljäger table for the complete list)
Mediterranean / North Africa: total of victories claimed on the Mediterranean / North Africa front.
Grand Total: Grand total victories tally, including all theatres of operations (West + Mediterranean / North Africa + East)

Last update 16.06.2007

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