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Oberstleutnant Heinrich Bär, born 25 May 1913. Bär is one of the greatest Luftwaffe's ace of World War 2. Born in Sommerfeld, in the aged of 15, he became a glider pilot, on the "Schwarzer Berg" (Black Mountain) club In the 1920's. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1937 in order to build hours and then become an airline pilot. At the start of WW2 Bär was a Unteroffizer flying Me 109's with 1./JG 51. He participated in the Battle of France, Battle of Britain, Operation Barbarossa, Crimean Campaign, Mediterranean theater, Operation Bodenplatte and Defense of the Reich 1945. He scored his first victory of a French P-36 on Sept 25, 1939. His last victory of WW2 when he dispatched an American P-47 Thunderbolt. Bär flew over 1,000 combat missions between September 1939 - May 8, 1945. He flew on all fronts and against every type of allied aircraft and by war's end had a massed at least 220 victories. He was second only to Joachim Marseille in shooting down Brits and Yanks with 124 victories in the west. During the course of the war he was shot down 18 times with 14 forced landings and four parachute jumps. With the fall of Germany, Bär was whisked away by the Americans so that he might impart his knowledge of the Me 262 to them. Returning to Germany, he found it difficult to find employment but in 1950 secured a job in aviation. He was killed in the crash of a light plane on April 28, 1957. #Sommerfeld #prussia #Luftwaffe #ace #pilot #Aircraft #Ukraine #norway #france #England #uk #Sovietunion #Romania #italy #africa #germany #royalairforce #tbt #berlin #belgium #bojonegoro #aviation #usaaf #Wehrmacht #usarmy #military #veteran #history #ww2