Pilots of the Me 262
Adolf Galland was one of the most famed Luftwaffe aces even before he added seven kills to his tally flying the Me 262. His test flight of the prototype had helped the plane gain support over Heinkel’s design.
Rudolf Sinner commanded III./JG 7 beginning in January, 1945. With three kills scored in the Me 262, he miraculously survived being shot down in April of that year and his parachute failing to open fully.
Hellmut Detjens flew with 11./JG 7, and had a cute pet dog apparently.
Pilots of 11.JG/7, taken in February, 1945.
Erich Hohagen commanded III./JG 7 for a time, from late 1944 through early 1945, after which he was transferred and replaced by Sinner.
Karl Baur was Messerschmidt’s main test pilot for much of World War II, and a major part of the evaluations of the Me 262.
Walter Nowotny served as commander of the “Kommando Nowotny”, but would die in his first combat sortie in the Me 262.