Oberleutnant Rudi Wolfmüller of the Afrika Korps Luftwaffe contingent, in full dress uniform (ca. 1943, colorized). There is a recurring controversy over whether he was legitimately awarded the Knight's Cross.
Because of his youthful appearance, Luftwaffe Major Erich Alfred Hartmann was nicknamed "Bubi" ("kid"). With over 350 confirmed aerial victories, he is undoubtedly the greatest fighter pilot in human history. He was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, Germany's highest military decoration at the time. With Germany's defeat, he was charged with various war crimes and spent over ten years in Soviet POW camps. He was released in 1955, one of the last Heimkehrer.
Colonel Hermann Graf (24 October 1912 – 4 November 1988) was a German Luftwaffe WWII fighter ace. He served on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. He became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 200 aerial victories. He claimed 212 aerial victories in over 830 combat missions, 202 of which were on the Eastern Front. Graf claimed his first aerial victory on 4 August 1941 during Operation Barbarossa. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross after 45 victories on 24 January…
Rudolf Witzig (1916-2001) was a German Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper) during World War II and Oberst in the postwar Bundeswehr. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, coveted decorations in recognition of extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Witzig is most well-known for his action against the Belgian fortress Fort Eben-Emael at the start of the May 1940 invasion of the Low Countries.
Helmut Fickel was a highly decorated Stuka pilot and a Oberleutnant in the Luftwaffe during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross He was awarded with the Knight´s Cross by Rudel, on June 9th, 1944.. During his career he flew 800 missions.Helmut Fickel was captured by British troops in May 1945.