Hauptmann Emil "Bulli" Lang served with JG-54. He was decorated for his outstanding service in the Luftwaffe with the Knights Cross, then Oakleaves. He is credited with 173 victories, 144 in Russia/ 29 in West vs USAAF/RAF. He still holds alltime record of 18 kills in one day! He showed that being 34 was not a hindrance to being a topgun. Sadly, he had problems with he ME-109G fighter, and as a result was shot down Sept. 3rd/1944 by Spitfire.