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Posted: 9/22/2004 5:54:39 AM EDT
German ace to speak

Gunther Rall, a retired German air force lieutenant general and the world’s leading living fighter ace with 275 aerial victories, speaks Oct. 1 at the Smithsonian Institution’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, Va. For tickets and reservations, call (202) 633-2603.

Last Wartime rank: Major

Unit(s): JG 52, JG 11, JG 300

Theatre(s): Eastern, Western

Decoration: The Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Born: N/A

Kills: 275

272 Eastern Front

3 Western Front

Total Sorties: 621

Strike Rate: 2.26 (Sorties per victory)

Combat Debut: Fall 1940
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 6:01:15 AM EDT
Last of a breed of incredible warriors. WOuld love to see it, and an FW-190 or Jabo "G".
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 6:02:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 7:59:55 AM EDT
I went to a symposium back in the early 80's in Long Beach, CA. The speakers were Adolph Galland, Gunther Rall, Walter Krupinski, and a British ace who shot down Krupinski (can't remember his name).

It was very interesting.

Link Posted: 9/22/2004 8:04:08 AM EDT
Sounds cool. Rall must be one of the last of the old school Luftwaffe still alive. Wish I could see it.

BTW, how long before this turns into a flame fest?
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