Günther Rall: Luftwaffe Fighter Ace and NATO General

The Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum has been waiting 50 years for a biographer to tell the Rall story, which chronicles almost a century of his life. The story spans a childhood in a defeated country after World War I, two world wars, the calamity of the Nazi regime, the Cold War, the jet age, Rall’s work with the US Air Force, and finally, his career in civilian life. The third ranking ace of all time, Rall fought on the Russian front during World War II, and vividly describes his 275 victories. In the post-war period he sought out ways to serve the new, democratic Germany, determined to help regain other nations’ respect for his country after Hitler’s horrendous betrayal of its people.

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