Which WW2 German ace shot down the most diverse types of enemy aircraft and which one shot down the most nationalities?
M.J. Spencer Jr.
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Dear Mr. Spencer,
The variety record just might go to Herbert Ihlefeld, who scored nine victories in the Spanish Civil War and another 123 during World War II over France, Britain, the Balkans, the Soviet Union and in defense of the Reich. His victims (some figured out from erroneous or pre-production type designations) include:
Supermarine Spitfire (26 of them)
Hawker Hurricane (2 during the Crete campaign)
Yakovlev Yak-1 (identified as “I-26,” its prototype designation)
Lavochkin-Gorbunov-Gudkov LaGG-3 (sometimes identified as “I-301,” a prototype designation)
North American P-51
We’ll see if anyone beats 18 different types, but it looks like a tough variety to exceed.
World History Group
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