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Lt.Col. Heinz "Pritzl" Bär

220 victories ~ JG 1, 3, 51, 77 & JV44
Heinz "Pritzl" Bär, was born on 25 March 1913 in Sommerfeld, near Leipzig. Transferring to the Luftwaffe from the Army in 1935, Bär trained as a transport pilot before transferring to I/JG 51 where he received an "improvised" fighter pilot's training. By spring 1941, Bär had achieved 14 victories over the Western Allies. 96 of his subsequent victories would be scored over the Soviet Air Force. His 20th victory earned him the Ritterkreuz with the Oakleaves following his 62nd on 14 August 1941 a lapse of only 5 weeks. His 90th victory brought Heinz Bär the Swords on 16 February 1942. Taking temporary command of I/JG 77 in the Mediterranean in the Axis air assault on Malta, flying to the point of exhaustion, Hauptmann Bär yet succeded in scoring 80 victories over the Anglo-Americans over Malta, Libya and Tunisia. Recovering from his fatigue, Bär embarked on a new career over Western Europe. As a 4 engine bomber killer of great expertise, temporarily in political disfavor to his outspokenness, Bär assumed command of JG 3 "Udet" on 1 June 1944. After shooting down 2 RAF fighters during operation Bodenplatte Bär led III/EJG 2 before finishing the war, as the last commander of JV 44, in which he scored 16 kills with the Me 262. Heinz Bär, after Hans-Joachim Marseille the most successful Luftwaffe pilot against the Western Allies. Heinz Bär survived the war only to die in a sport plane crash he was piloting at an air show in Braunschweig on 28 April 1957.

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