Erwin Fleig spent his entire War time career flying with JG 51 and became Werner Molders rotenflieger (wingman). Fleig was born on the 6th of December 1912, he joined JG 51 in June of 1940, he would fly many missions into England and Russia. Commissioned  as a Leutant in the field he was awarded the Ritterkreuz on the 12th of August 1941 for his 26th victory. On the 29th of May 1942 Fleig was shot down in Szokoloje Russia. Taken as a POW by the Russians Fleig wasn't released until the fifties. Erwin Fleig finished the War with 66 victories.