JJACE209 FW190 A-8 Priller

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FW190 A-8 Priller

Josef “Pips” Priller was a German military aviator and wing commander in the Luftwaffe during WW2. As a fighter ace he was credited with 101 enemy aircraft shot down in 307 combat missions. All of his victories were claimed over the western front, including 11 four-engine bombers and at least 68 Spitfire fighters.

During the allied invasion of Normandy on 6th June 1944, he flew one of the few Luftwaffe missions against the allied beachhead that day, and was made famous by his inclusion in the book, and then the film “The Longest Day”.

On 31st January 1945 he was appointed Inspekteur der Jagdfieger West (Inspector of Fighter Pilots West) and ceased operational flying. He held this position until the end of the war in May 1945.

Following the war, Priller managed the family brewery business. He died in 1961.