World War: Nine Are Not Enough

They laid his body in state in the Air Ministry's great hall and flanked it with an honor guard. Adolf Hitler renamed Luftwaffe Squadron 3 the Udet Squadron and ordered a state funeral. Reich Marshal Hermann Wilhelm Göring delivered the eulogy, then waddled after the flag-draped gun carriage on the mile-long march through silent, crowded streets to the cemetery. They buried him near the grave of Baron Manfred von Richthofen.

Thus Nazi Germany last week paid last honors to Ernst Udet, World War I ace, once best of the international aerobats, exponent of parachute troops and glider warfare. He had developed the...

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