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Walter Nowotny Major Walter "Nowi" Nowotny (7 December 1920 – 8 November 1944) was an Austrian-born German fighter ace of World War II. He is credited with 258 aerial victories—that is, 258 aerial combat encounters resulting in the destruction of the enemy aircraft—in 442 combat missions. Nowotny achieved 255 of these victories on the Eastern Front and three while flying one of the first jet fighters, the Messerschmitt Me 262, in the Defense of the Reich. He scored most of his victories in the Focke-Wulf Fw

Walter Nowotny

190, and approximately 50 in the Messerschmitt Bf 109.[1] Nowotny joined the Luftwaffe in 1939 and completed his fighter pilot training in 1941, after which he was posted to Jagdgeschwader 54 "Grünherz" (JG 54) on the Eastern Front. Nowotny was the first pilot to achieve 250 victories – 194 in 1943 alone – earning him the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds) on 19 October 1943. For propaganda reasons, he was ordered to cease operational flying. Reinstated to front-line service in September 1944, Nowotny tested and developed tactics for the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. He was credited with three victories in this aircraft type before being killed in a crash following combat with United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) fighters on 8 November 1944. After his death, the first operational jet fighter wing, Jagdgeschwader 7 "Nowotny", was named in his honour.[2]

Early life

Walter Nowotny

Walter Nowotny was born in Gmünd, a small town in Lower Austria. His father, Rudolf Nowotny, was a railway official; his two brothers, Rudolf and Hubert, became officers in the Wehrmacht. Hubert Nowotny was killed in action in the Battle of Stalingrad.[3] From 1925 to 1935, his family lived in Schwarzenau until his father was relocated to Mistelbach, north of Vienna. Walter attended the primary school (Volksschule) in Schwarzenau before graduating to the Bundesoberrealschule in Waidhofen an der Thaya. During these years, he also sang in the Cistercian convent choir in the Zwettl Abbey.[4] Due to his father's relocation, Nowotny transferred to the secondary school (Oberschule) in Laa an der Thaya, where he received his diploma (Abitur) in May 1938. In his teens, Nowotny was interested in all kinds of sports. In 1935, he played football for the school team in Waidhofen, and in 1937, took first place in the javelin throw and third place in the lower Austrian 1,000 metres (0.62 mi) track and field championships. Nowotny also visited the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. For his then mandatory Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst), he joined the Luftwaffe on 1 October 1939.[5] Nowotny had joined the Nazi Party (NSDAP—National Socialist German Workers' Party) in 1938 with a membership number 6,382,781.[6][7]

Luftwaffe career


"Nowi", "Tiger of Wolchowstroj"


7 December 1920 Gmünd, Austria


8 November 1944 (aged 23) Hesepe, Germany

Buried at

Zentralfriedhof Vienna


Nazi Germany



Years of service




Service number

NSDAP 6,382,781


JG 54, JG 101 and Kommando Nowotny

Commands held

I./JG 54, JG 101, Kommando Nowotny


World War II

Nowotny's military basic training began at the 2. Flieger-Ausbildungsregiment 62 in Quedlinburg (1 October 1939 – 15 November 1939) and continued at the

Operation Barbarossa Eastern Front Defense of the Reich

Luftkriegschule 5 in Breslau-Schöngarten (16 November 1939 – 30 June 1940).[8][Note 1] He was promoted to Fahnenjunker-Gefreiten on 1 March 1940 and shortly afterwards, on 1 April 1940, to Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier. On 1 July 1940, Notwotny was promoted again, to the rank of Fähnrich. He completed his pilot training and received the

Pilot Badge on 19 August 1940.[9] Nowotny also trained as a fighter pilot at the Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Jagdfliegerschule 5 in Wien-Schwechat (1 August 1940 – 15 November 1940), the same with Oak Leaves, Swords and school that Hans-Joachim Marseille had attended one year earlier. One of his teachers at Diamonds the Jagdfliegerschule 5 was the Austro-Hungarian World War I ace Julius Arigi. Here Nowotny befriended Karl Schnörrer and Paul Galland, the younger brother of General der Jagdflieger Adolf Galland. Paul Galland claimed 17 aerial victories with Jagdgeschwader 26 (JG 26) on the channel front before he was shot down and killed by a Royal Air Force (RAF) Supermarine Spitfire on 31 October 1942.[10] After graduation from the Jagdfliegerschule 5, Nowotny was transferred to the I./Ergänzungs-Jagdgruppe Merseburg on 16 November 1940, flying fighter cover for the Leuna industrial works.[11]

With Jagdgeschwader 54 Nowotny was posted to the Ergänzungsstaffel (Training/Supplement Squadron) of Jagdgeschwader 54 (JG 54) on 1 December 1940.[Note 2] JG 54 at the time was under the command of Major Hannes Trautloft. Nowotny was transferred again, this time to the 9th Staffel of JG 54 (9./JG 54), the socalled Teufelsstaffel (Devils' Squadron) where he was further trained by veterans from the front line (23 February 1941 – 25 March 1941). From 25 March 1941 to 10 March 1942, Notwotny flew with the Stabsstaffel of the Ergänzungs-Jagdgruppe JG 54 where he was promoted to Leutnant on 1 April 1941, effective as of 1 February 1941.[12] Nowotny flew a Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-7 "White 2" on his 24th operational mission on Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-4 JG 54. 19 July 1941 and claimed his first two enemy aircraft, both Polikarpov I-153 biplanes of VoennoVozdushnye Sily (VVS—Military Air Forces) KBF's 12 OIAE/61 BAB, over Saaremaa. He was shot down in the same engagement by Alexandr Avdeev, also in a Polikarpov I-153. According to Soviet archives, no Soviet aircraft was lost in the engagement. Nowotny spent three days in a dinghy in the Gulf of Riga – on one occasion almost being run down by a Soviet destroyer – until finally being washed ashore on the Latvian coast.[13] For the rest of his combat career, Nowotny always wore the trousers (German: Abschußhose roughly "shoot down pants" sometimes also referred to as "victory pants") that he had worn during those three days in the Gulf of Riga – with one exception, his last sortie, at Achmer on 8 November 1944, when he was killed flying the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.[14] Nowotny quickly recovered from his ordeal and on 31 July claimed a Beriev MBR-2 flying boat north-west of Saaremaa and an Ilyushin DB-3 bomber south of the island.[15] In 1942, Nowotny increased his tally of victories and claimed his 30th and 31st kills on 11 July over the Wolchow bridgehead, which earned him the Luftwaffe Honor Goblet on 14 July 1942.[16] Nowotny shot down a further five aircraft on a single day (32nd – 36th victories) on 20 July and seven (48th – 54th victories) on 2 August. After having downed three enemy aircraft on 11 August, Leutnant Nowotny carried out three victory passes over the airfield, despite having sustained combat damage to his own Bf 109 "Black 1". In the subsequent landing, his aircraft somersaulted and he sustained moderate injuries. Walter Nowotny was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) on 4 September, after 56 aerial victories. The Ritterkreuz earned him a home leave to Vienna. Here, the brothers Hubert and Walter met for the last time before Hubert was killed at Stalingrad.[3][17] Leutnant Nowotny was made Staffelkapitän of 1./JG 54 on 25 October, replacing Oberleutnant Heinz Lange.[18] In January 1943, JG 54 started converting to the agile Focke-Wulf 190 fighter.[19] With the new aircraft, Nowotny scored at an unprecedented "kill" rate, often averaging more than two planes a day for weeks on end. As of 1 February 1943, Nowotny, Karl Schnörrer, – Nowotny's wingman since late 1942 – Anton Döbele and Rudolf Rademacher, formed a team known as the "chain of devils" (Teufelskette) or the Nowotny Schwarm, which during the course of the war was credited with 524 combined kills, making them the most successful team in the Luftwaffe.[20] Nowotny scored his 69th to 72nd victory on 16 March.[21] He reached the century mark on 5 June 1943, on his 344th combat mission.[22] He was the 42nd Luftwaffe pilot to achieve the century mark.[23] By 24 June, he would accumulate a further 24 victories increasing his total to 124.[24] On 21 August, Nowotny was made Gruppenkommandeur of I./JG 54. In August alone, he shot down 49 aircraft – a number matched exactly by Jagdgeschwader 52's (JG 52) Erich Hartmann – bringing Nowotny's total to 161 victories.[25] On 1 September, he scored ten victories in two sorties, which

From left to right: Hartmann Grasser, Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein shaking hands with Adolf Hitler, Günther Rall and Walter Nowotny at the Führerhauptquartier in Rastenburg on 22 September 1943

took his tally to 183.[26][27] Seventy-two hours later, that number had risen to 189, earning him the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub) on 8 September. The award was to be personally presented by the Führer, Adolf Hitler, on 22 September 1943. However, by this date Nowotny had claimed his double century (200) on 8 September, and, on 15 September, his 215th victory, making him the highest-scoring pilot in the Luftwaffe to that time.[26] Two Lavochkin La-5s and a Yakovlev Yak-9 on 17 September brought his score to 218 victories, earning him Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und

Schwertern) on 22 September 1943. The planned "Oakleaves" (Eichenlaub) presentation thus became a Swords (Schwerter) ceremony.[26]

Diamonds Nowotny was promoted to Hauptmann on 21 September 1943, effective as of 1 October, following his 225th victory.[27] On 14 October 1943, he became the first pilot to reach 250 victories, following his 442 combat missions. Nowotny was celebrating this feat in the Ria Bar in Vilna when he received a phone call from Hitler himself, announcing that he had been awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds), making him the eighth of 27 men to be so honored.[28] The Brillanten (Diamonds) were presented by Hitler at the Wolfsschanze, near Kętrzyn (German: Rastenburg) on 19 October 1943. Nowotny immediately went on a short vacation to Vienna before returning to his front-line unit. On 29 October 1943, Nowotny presented the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross) to Oberfeldwebel Otto Kittel. In the days following, Nowotny flew as wingman to Karl Schnörrer, helping him accumulate further victories. On 11 November, Anton Döbele was killed when he rammed an Il-2 Sturmovik. The next day, 12 November 1943, Schnörrer was severely injured after bailing out at low altitude. Schnörrer was replaced as Nowotny's wingman by Unteroffizier Ernst Richter. With Richter, Nowotny claimed his final two aerial victories on the Eastern Front on 15 November 1943. In total, Nowotny had claimed 255 confirmed kills plus a further 50 unconfirmed, before he was taken off combat duty. [29]

Nowotny was sent on a propaganda tour in Germany, which included the presentation of the Ritterkreuz des Kriegsverdienstkreuzes (Knight's Cross of the War Merit Cross) to the railroad engineer August Kindervater on 7 December 1943 – Nowotny's 23rd birthday. Shortly before Christmas, he visited the Focke-Wulf production site at Bad Eilsen, where he was met by Professor Kurt Tank. The mayor of Vienna, Dipl.-Ing.[Note 3] Hanns Blaschke awarded Nowotny the city's ring of honor on 11 January 1944, the presentation taking place a week later. It was a token that Nowotny accepted reluctantly, feeling that he did not deserve it. His next official visit was the Büromaschinenfabrik (office machinery factory) at Zella-Mehlis, before he briefly returned to Jagdgeschwader 54. Nowotny was made Geschwaderkommodore of Jagdgeschwader 101 (JG 101) and commander of the Jagdfliegerschule 1, a Luftwaffe fighter pilot training school at Pau in southern France, in April 1944.[30]

Kommando Nowotny and death In September 1944, Nowotny was made commander of a specialist unit dubbed Kommando Nowotny, flying the newly developed Messerschmitt Me 262 out of airfields near Osnabrück. The unit not only had to contend with the enemy, but also with working through the 'teething' phase of the Me 262 and developing the tactics appropriate for a jet unit.[31] On 7 October, Nowotny downed a B-24 Liberator bomber, his first aerial victory on the Western Front.[32] Generals Alfred Keller and Adolf Galland had scheduled an inspection at Achmer for the afternoon of 7 November 1944. Galland had already visited Kommando Nowotny several times and was deeply concerned over the high attrition rate and meager success achieved by the Me 262. After inspecting the two airfields at Achmer and Hesepe, he stayed in the Penterknapp barracks discussing the problems of the past few weeks. Several pilots openly expressed their doubts as to the readiness of

Me 262 A, 25 April 1945

the Me 262 for combat operations.[33] The next morning, 8 November 1944, the Generals arrived again at Nowotny's command post and Keller declared that the aces of the past years had become cowards and that the Luftwaffe had lost its fighting spirit.[34] Shortly after, news reached the command post of a large bomber formation approaching. Two Rotten of Me 262 were prepared for take-off, Erich Büttner and Franz Schall at Hesepe, and Nowotny and Günther Wegmann at Achmer. At first only Schall and Wegmann managed to take off because Büttner had a punctured tire during taxiing and Nowotny's turbines initially refused to start. With some delay, Nowotny took off and engaged the enemy on his own, Schall and Wegmann having since retired from the action after sustaining battle damage. Nowotny radioed that he had downed a B-24 Liberator and a P-51 Mustang before he reported one engine failing and made one final garbled transmission containing the word "burning".[35] Helmut Lennartz recalled: "I remember Nowotny's crash very well. Feldwebel Gossler, a radio operator with our unit, had set up a radio on the airfield. Over this set I and many others listened to the radio communications with Nowotny's aircraft. His last words were, "I'm on fire" or "it's on fire". The words were slightly garbled.[36] It remains unclear whether Nowotny was killed due to engine failure or whether he was shot down by United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) Captain Ernest Fiebelkorn (20th Fighter Group) and 1st Lieutenant Edward "Buddy" Haydon (357th Fighter Group) east of Hesepe. In recent years, United States military historians proposed that Nowotny's victor may have been P-51D pilot Lieutenant Richard W. Stevens of the 364th Fighter Group. Many witnesses observed Nowotny's Me 262 A-1a Werk Nummer 110 400 (factory number) "White 8" dive vertically out of the clouds and crash at Epe, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) east of Hesepe.[37][38] The Wehrmacht announced his death on 9 November 1944 in the daily Wehrmachtbericht.[39] Nowotny was given a state funeral in Vienna. The guard of honor was composed of his friend Karl Schnörrer, Oberst Gordon Gollob, Major Rudolf Schoenert, Hauptmann Heinz Strüning, Major Josef Fözö and Major Georg Christl. The eulogy was delivered by General der Jagdflieger Adolf Galland and Generaloberst Otto Deßloch. Nowotny was buried at the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna in a grave of honor sponsored by the city of Vienna, which was still part of Nazi Germany. Following an initiative by the Austrian Green Party and debates in the Vienna Landtag, a resolution supported by

Walter Nowotny's grave at the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna

Social Democrats and Greens was passed to remove the status of honor in 2003.[40]

Awards Order of the Cross of Liberty 1st Class[41] Memorial at Epe. Ehrenabzeichen der finnischen Luftwaffe[41] Combined Pilots-Observation Badge in Gold with Diamonds[41] Eastern Front Medal[41] Front Flying Clasp of the Luftwaffe for fighter pilots in Gold with pennant "400" (17 May 1942)[41] Honor Goblet of the Luftwaffe (20 July 1942) as Leutnant and pilot[42] Wound Badge (1939) in Black[41] Viennas city ring of honor (11 January 1944)[43] Iron Cross (1939) 2nd and 1st Class[41] German Cross in Gold on 21 August 1942 as Leutnant in the I./JG 54[44] Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Brillanten Ritterkreuz (4 September 1942) as Leutnant and pilot in the 9./JG 54[45][46][Note 4] 293rd Eichenlaub (4 September 1943) as Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän of the 1./JG 54[47][48][49] 37th Schwerter (22 September 1943) as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the I./JG 54[47][50][51] 8th Brillanten (19 October 1943) as Hauptmann and Gruppenkommandeur of the I./JG 54[47][52][53] Mentioned six times in the Wehrmachtbericht

Notes Footnotes 1. 2. 3. 4.

­ The airport at Breslau-Schöngarten is the Copernicus Airport Wrocław today. ­ For an explanation of Luftwaffe unit designations, see Organization of the Luftwaffe during World War II. ­ Dipl.-Ing. (German: Diplom Ingenieur - Engineer) is a German name prefix acquired with a university degree in the field of engineering. ­ According to Scherzer as pilot in the 3./JG 54. [47]

Citations 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53.

­ Spick 1996, p. 227. ­ Forsyth 2008, p. 22. 1 2 Held 1998, p. 48. ­ Fraschka 1994, p. 113. ­ Held 1998, pp. 15, 17–19. ­ Reinisch 2008, p. 10. ­ Horaczek, Haider & Reiterer 2009, pp. 94, 194. ­ Held 1998, p. 19. ­ Held 1998, p. 23. ­ Held 1998, p. 25. ­ Williamson 2006, p. 19. ­ Held 1998, p. 27. ­ Bergström 2007, p. 36. ­ Bergström & Mikhailov 2000, p. 127. ­ Weal 2001, p. 46. ­ Held 1998, p. 41. ­ Weal 2001, p. 60. ­ Held 1998, p. 50. ­ Held 1998, p. 54. ­ Held 1998, p. 69. ­ Held 1998, p. 62. ­ Held 1998, p. 83. ­ Obermaier 1989, p. 243. ­ Held 1998, p. 87. ­ Weal 1995, p. 67. 1 2 3 Weal 2001, p. 102. 1 2 Held 1998, p. 90. ­ Fraschka 1994, pp. 111, 113. ­ Held 1998, pp. 108, 114, 118, 122, 124. ­ Held 1998, pp. 125–134. ­ Fraschka 1994, pp. 114–115. ­ Stockert 1997, p. 390. ­ Boehme 1992, pp. 61–62. ­ Fraschka 1994, p. 116. ­ Morgan & Weal 1998, p. 28. ­ Boehme 1992, p. 63. ­ Boehme 1992, p. 62. ­ Forsyth 2008, p. 14. ­ The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, p. 327. ­ Held 1998, p. 157. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Berger 1999, p. 250. ­ Patzwall 2008, p. 155. ­ Held 1998, p. 130. ­ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 334. ­ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 327. ­ Von Seemen 1976, p. 254. 1 2 3 4 Scherzer 2007, p. 573. ­ Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 72, 478. ­ Von Seemen 1976, p. 37. ­ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 41. ­ Von Seemen 1976, p. 15. ­ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 37. ­ Von Seemen 1976, p. 12.

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External links Military offices Preceded by Oberstleutnant Erich von Selle

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Succeeded by Major Hans Knauth

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Succeeded by Major Erich Hohagen

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Oak Leaves with JG 2. 2 Oak Leaves with JG 52. 3 Knight's Cross with JG 2.

German World War II flying aces with 100+ aerial victories 300+ 250–299 200–249

Erich Hartmann (352) · Gerhard Barkhorn (301) Günther Rall (275) · Otto Kittel (267) · Walter Nowotny (258) Wilhelm Batz (237) · Erich Rudorffer (222) · Heinrich Bär (220) · Hermann Graf (212) · Heinrich Ehrler (208) · Theodor Weissenberger (208) · Hans Philipp (206) · Walter Schuck (206) · Anton Hafner (204) · Helmut Lipfert (203) Walter Krupinski (197) · Anton Hackl (192) · Joachim Brendel (189) · Max Stotz (189) · Joachim Kirschner (188) ·


Kurt Brändle (180) · Günther Josten (178) · Johannes Steinhoff (176) · Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert (174) · Günther Schack (174) · Emil Lang (173) · Heinz Schmidt (173) · Horst Ademeit (166) · Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke (162) · Hans-Joachim Marseille (158) · Heinrich Sturm (158) · Gerhard Thyben (157) · Hans Beißwenger (152) · Peter Düttmann (152) · Gordon Gollob (150) Fritz Tegtmeier (146) · Albin Wolf (144) · Kurt Tanzer (143) · Friedrich-Karl Müller (140) · Karl Gratz (138) · Heinrich Setz (138) · Rudolf Trenkel (138) · Franz Schall (137) · Walter Wolfrum (137) · Horst-Günther von Fassong (136)? · Otto Fönnekold (136) · Karl-Heinz Weber (136) · Joachim Müncheberg (135) · Hans Waldmann (134) · Alfred Grislawski (133) · Johannes Wiese (133) · Adolf Borchers (132) · Erwin Clausen (132) · Adolf Dickfeld (132) · Wilhelm Lemke (131) · Gerhard Hoffmann (130) · Heinrich Sterr (130) · Walther Dahl (129) · Franz Eisenach (129) · Franz Dörr (128) · Rudolf Rademacher (126)? · Josef Zwernemann (126) · Dietrich Hrabak (125) · Wolf-Udo Ettel (124) · Herbert Ihlefeld (123) · Wolfgang Tonne (122) · Heinz Marquardt (121) · Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (121) · Robert Weiß (121) · Friedrich Obleser (120) · Erich Leie (118) · Franz-Josef Beerenbrock (117) · Hans-Joachim Birkner (117)


· Jakob Norz (117) · Walter Oesau (117) · Heinz Wernicke (117) · August Lambert (116) · Wilhelm Crinius (114) · Werner Schröer (114) · Hans Dammers (113) · Berthold Korts (113) · Helmut Lent (113) · Kurt Bühligen (112) · Kurt Ubben (110) · Franz Woidich (110) · Reinhard Seiler (109) · Emil Bitsch (108) · Hans Hahn (108) · Bernhard Vechtel (108) · Viktor Bauer (106) · Werner Lucas (106) · Günther Lützow (105) · Eberhard von Boremski (104) · Adolf Galland (104) · Heinz Sachsenberg (104) · Hartmann Grasser (103) · Siegfried Freytag (102) · Friedrich Geißhardt (102) · Egon Mayer (102) · Max-Hellmuth Ostermann (102) · Josef Wurmheller (102) · Rudolf Miethig (101) · Werner Mölders (101) · Josef Priller (101) · Ulrich Wernitz (101) This along with the ? (question mark) indicates doubt regarding the veracity and formal correctness of the listing.

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