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Johannes Steinhoff
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Military Personnel
    (September 15, 1913-circa February 21, 1994)
    Born in Bottendorf, Germany
    German fighter ace during WWII Wrote books on the Third Reich, including his own memoirs.
    NATO General and Chief of Staff of the West German Luftwaffe
    Wrote books on the Third Reich, including his own memoirs
    His nickname was 'Macky.'
    He referred to the Russians as 'somewhat intelligent.'
    He was a drinker.
    Upon being transferred to the Western Front after fighting in Russia, he greatly underestimated the British and Americans and was promptly shot down on his first mission by a B-24.
    He served a regime that he did not agree with. It eventually led to his demotion and brief exile from Germany.
    He was horribly scarred when he crashed his ME-262 on takeoff and it exploded while he was still inside.
    He was in the hospital for years afterward and it took dozens of surgeries to rebuild just his face.
    He blamed the war solely on Hitler, and is said to have hated Hermann Goering.
    He flew 908 missions during the war, and was shot down only 12 times.
    During the 40th Anniversary of VE Day, he shook hands with former US General Matthew Ridgway as a sign of solidarity after placing a wreath at the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
    He was fluent in English.
    He scored some of the first kills ever with a jet fighter.
    He spoke regularly about his experiences, and enjoyed informing young people about his life.
    He became good friends with many of his former enemies.
    Western Germany's air force was largely rebuilt under NATO by his efforts.

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