Comradeship In Vintage Photos


Erich Alfred Hartmann (1922 1993), nicknamed “Bubi” by his comrades and “The Black Devil” by his Soviet adversaries, was a German fighter pilot during WW2 and is the highest-scoring fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. He claimed 352 aerial victories-that is, 352 aerial combat encounters resulting in the destruction of the enemy aircraft-in 1,404 combat missions. Hartmann was never shot down and his Black Tulip design adorning his planes would, by itself, scare Soviet pilots away.