The aces of Germany's Luftwaffe were the highest scoring fighter pilots of World War II. Despite flying and fighting in support of one of the most evil and despotic governments to darken the face of planet Earth, the "Experten" of the Luftwaffe had over 100 pilots who each shot down over 100 enemy aircraft in combat. Two actually scored more than 300 kills, a record which will never be matched. By comparison, the top aces of the Western Allies and Soviet Union only had a handful of pilots with more than 30 kills. And despite the evil and toxic leadership of Adolph Hitler and Herman Goring, these were men who retained their personal honor and the respect of their enemy peers.These were men who truly did fight from the first day of World War II, to the last one in Europe on VE Day.
To learn moe about the fighter aces of the Luftwaffe, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on @Writestream) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) writer Colin Heaton, who has spent the last three decades personally interviewing many of the top surviving German aces of World War II. They will be joined by his co-anthor and wife, Anne Marie Lewis, with whom he has produced a pair of books, THE GERMAN ACES SPEAK and THE GERMAN ACES SPEAK II, which describe the lives and careers of these amazing men. Listeners are encouraged to call in to offer questions and opinions, on what will be a fine hour talking about some of the finest pilots that have ever lived.
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