Ernst Udet

German fighter ace and general (b.1896, d.1941)


During World War I Ernst Udet flew in the same squadron as Manfred von Richthofen (aka the Red Baron) and Hermann Göring. He scored 62 victories, making him one of Germany's top fighter pilots. After the war Germany wasn't allowed to have an air force and Udet made his living as a stunt pilot. After the National Socialists came to power in 1933 he played a part in the development of new aircraft. He had seen dive bombers in the US and started a program to build a German dive bomber. This led to the famous Ju-87 Stuka, which was a big hit during the first years of World War II. Udet became Generalluftzeugmeister (minister for aircraft production) and so he felt responsible for the declining performance of the Luftwaffe in 1941. He committed suicide and was given a hero's funeral by the Nazi's, who claimed he had died while testing a new aircraft. His grave can be found in Berlin's Invalidenfriedhof.

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