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Luftwaffe

Collection of German WW2 Luftwaffe Awards.
German day and night fighter pilots claimed roughly 70,000 aerial victories during World War II, 25,000 over British or American planes and 45,000 over Russian-flown aircraft. 103 German fighter pilots shot down more than 100 enemy aircraft for a total of roughly 15,400 aerial victories. Roughly a further 360 pilots claimed between 40 and 100 aerial victories, destroying approximately 21,000 enemy planes. Another 500 fighter pilots claimed between 20 and 40 victories for a total of 15,000 victories. It is relatively certain that 2,500 German fighter pilots attained ace status, having achieved at least 5 aerial victories. 453 German day and Zerstörer (destroyer) pilots were honored with the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross; 85 night fighter pilots, including 14 crew members, also won the award.

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