Who were the best pilots in WWII? That can mean who is the best in ranking order but specifically which nation had the best pilots. You can probably take the cream of the crop of each nation and you have a draw. Having just finished "Alert in the West" a book by Willi Heilmann who was the commander of the III/JG-54 Staffel. Here is what I could deduce from his encounters and commentaries: German Pilots - He viewed them as good (of course) but their losses were incredible. British Pilots - Tenatious dogfighters. Probably the best pilots overall even though they have a funny accent. They had a lot of experience. American Pilots - Good tactics but greener than dogcrap. The rotation system allowed pilots to return home after 200 missions. This reduced their experience level considerably. Russian Pilots - A joke to him. They thought of the Russian air force as a shooting gallery. It took 5 kills on the western front to get an Iron Cross. It took at least 20 to get one on the Eastern Front. Now the prop planes: P-51 - They only feared these in numbers. Believed they were less dangerous than the Spitfire. Possibly has more to do with the experience level of the pilots since these two planes are close in performance specs. Spitfire - Without question the best dogfighter. Could turn inside his plane easily. This was a very feared plane when they saw them. He was shot down once by a Spitfire. Tempest - The believed it to be faster than their plane and could escape until the in-line FW-190s came along. Fast and could escape the 190s. P-47 - This plane was not as dangerous as the Spit in a dogfight. Terrified of it in its high-altitude patrolling roll and frustrated that they could not get up to it. Amazed that they couldn't destroy it when they had the numbers at low altitude. This plane probably saved the lives of countless of the inexperienced American pilots. The US group with all the aces (8th AF - 56th - Zemke's wolfpack) flew this plane exclusively. Heilmann was shotdown twice by Thunderbolts. Typhoon - Considered it dogmeat in 44-45. Said it was feared earlier in the war but was relatively retired by 1944. They were very vulnerable to the FW-190. Lightnings - No match for their later version FW-190s. Hunted in packs with the Mustangs. ME-109 - Said they were unbeatable in the early days of the war but had lost their advantage since Messerschmidt didn't advance them much during the war. No match of any Allied fighters unless in numbers. FW-190 - He believed it was the best fighter in WWII after they came out with the long nosed version. He was insensed that Hitler used the ME-262 to bomb london. It could carry a single 1000 lb bomb and carry it to the citizen of London. What a waste. He believed it could have changed the outcome of the war. Was totally unaware that the P-80 Shooting Star existed.