Wilhelm Batz is the seventh - highest  scoring fighter pilot of all time. Born in 1916, Batz was to join the Luftwaffe in 1935,  he passed his tests so well that he was appointed as a flying instructor. After nearly 5,000 hours of flight instruction he was posted to his first unit, this was in response  to his repeated requests for combat flying. Batz first victory came on the 11th of March 1943, and by 1944 he had already achieved 75 victories. Batz was downing four aircraft a day by the summer of 1944, on the 30th of May he recorded 15 kills in one day. Batz was the ninth pilot to reach the 200 victory mark which he did on the 17th August 1944. Batz finished the War with 237 victories.