Hermann Schleinhege (21 February 1916 — 11 March 2014) was a German former Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership; for the fighter pilots it was a quantifiable measure of skill and combat success. Schleinhege was credited with 97 aerial victories, all on the Eastern Front
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Luftwaffe Lieutenant-General Gerhard "Gerd" Barkhorn, the second greatest fighter ace of all time (right after fellow Luftwaffe pilot Erich Hartmann). He was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, though not Diamonds even after his 300th confirmed combat victory, on 5 January 1945. With the German defeat, he was taken prisoner by the allies while still in hospital from wounds suffered during his last mission. He was released shortly after in September of 1945 .
✠ Joachim Müncheberg credited with 135 Air kills in over 500 combat missions. Most of his kill were claimed in the West, with 33 kills in the East. Of his 102 kills in the West, 46 were against Spitfires. Müncheberg was KIA in his Bf-109 G-2 on 23 March 1943 over Tunisia when his 135th kill, a Spitfire, exploded in front of him after a close burst of cannon fire.
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Generalleutnant Theodor Osterkamp (1892-1975) - Jagdfliegerführer Luftflotte 2
Werner Baumbach (27 December 1916 – 20 October 1953) was a bomber pilot in the German Luftwaffe during World War II. In 1942, he started working on new bomber designs where he helped design the composite bomber system Mistel. In 1944 he commanded the newly formed Kampfgeschwader 200 (KG 200) and was in charge of all Luftwaffe special missions. He received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords for the destruction of over 300,000 gross register tons of allied shipping...
✠ Edmund "Paule" Roßmann was a German World War II fighter ace and was credited with 93 aerial victories achieved iwith 93 aerial victories achieved in 640 combat missions, among the numerous ground attack missions.He is also noted as being an early mentor of Erich Hartmann, history's leading fighter ace.