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Hptm. Erich Hartmann, CO of I./JG 52, Görlitz, Germany, April 1945

Erich Hartmann, the most successful fighter pilot of

all times, first joined the 7. Staffel of JG 52 on October 10, 1942. He stayed with Jagdgeschwader 52 till

the end of the World War Two; in fact he became the

commander of its I. Gruppe. The total count of his victories was 352. For his exceptional success he was

awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak

Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. After WWII he was

transferred to the POW camp in the Ural Mountains in

Soviet Union and was not released until 1955. The following year he joined the ranks of Western German

Luftwaffe. He became commander of JG 71, the first

Luftwaffe squadron equipped with jet-powered fighter aircraft. He retired in 1970 and died on September

20, 1993. Hartmann's aircraft carried a black tulip

marking outlined in white on the nose. Below the

cockpit on the left side there was a heart marking

bearing the name of Hartmann's wife. The Gruppe leader marking took the shape of a double wedge, but

only as a white outline.

Lt. Friedrich-Wilhelm Schenk, CO of 2./JG 300, Borkheide, Germany, February 1945

Friends and colleagues of Friedrich-Wilhelm Schenk

came up with a nickname Timo-Schenko for him.

It was a joke that took advantage of the name of

Soviet Marshall Semyon Konstantinovich Timoshen-

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ko, and it quickly caught on to the point where the

ground crew painted the name on the fuselage of

Schenk's aircraft. Friedrich-Wilhelm Schenk flew

with JG 300 from July 1944 up to March 1945, when

he was reassigned to JG 7 and flew Me 262 jet fighters there. During the Second World War, he achieved

seven kills and after the war became Lufthansa pilot.

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