Monday, September 10, 2018
Forget Erich Hartmann. Forget Baron von Richthofen. Even forget Han-Ulrich Rudel? Rather think Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer?
That greatest combat aviator "ace" of all time?
"The Night Fighter Ace Who Shot Down 7 Lancaster Bombers In 19 Minutes"
"Once you know the story of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, it’s pretty hard to forget. Schnaufer was an incredibly skilled pilot. He was arguably the best fighter pilot in the war. Simply put, this German fighter pilot was the deadliest ace in history – with 121 confirmed kills. He also survived the whole war and only met his death when he crashed his car while on his way to purchase wine in Bordeaux."
"What more, Schnaufer accomplished this feat in only 164 operational sorties over a three year period."
SCHNAUFER THE GREATEST COMBAT ACE WHEN TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE MOST ENEMY PLANES SHOT DOWN FOR THE FEWEST MISSIONS!!
Freeman Dyson stating that the German night-fighter force the ONLY German military service to have emerged from the Second World War with their honor intact, unsullied! German night-fighter pilots and aircrews highly respected and feared by their adversaries [almost exclusively the British].