|2nd from left: Adolf Galland|
2nd from right: Werner Mölders
Adolf "Dolfo" Joseph Ferdinand Galland (19 March 1912 – 9 February 1996) was a German Luftwaffe general and flying ace who served throughout World War II in Europe. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat. He flew 705 combat missions, and fought on the Western and the Defense of the Reich* fronts. On four occasions he survived being shot down, and he was credited with 104 aerial victories, all of them against the Western Allies.I offer this photo (which I got here) to my fighter pilot friends with a question.
Werner "Vati" Mölders** (18 March 1913 – 22 November 1941) was a World War II German Luftwaffe pilot and the leading German fighter ace in the Spanish Civil War. Mölders became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 100 aerial victories—that is, 100 aerial combat encounters resulting in the destruction of the enemy aircraft, and was highly decorated for his achievements. (He had 115 total victories, according to some sources. 101 in World War II and 14 in the Spanish Civil War. - The Sarge) He was instrumental in the development of new fighter tactics which led to the finger-four formation. He died in an air crash in which he was a passenger. - Wikipedia
Once upon a time, this picture was featured in a post...
|Yours Truly and Tuna|
Channeling our inner fighter pilot...
FRaVMotC Juvat remarked - I'm glad to see that you did remember the prime fighter pilot rule when hand flying. "Always shoot your watch".
Apparently this doesn't apply to Luftwaffe aces with more than a hundred victories. (And the photo was reproduced correctly.) Note that Dolfo Galland is shooting his "non-watch" hand.
* For the "Western front", think the campaigns in 1940. For the "Defense of the Reich front", think flying bomber intercept missions over Germany. Sometimes these things don't translate well from German.
** Vati is the German equivalent for Papa or Daddy.