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Schnaufer, Heinz-Wolfgang

Date of birth:
February 16th, 1922 (Calw/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
July 15th, 1950 (Bordeaux, France)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer achieved 121 night victories in 164 operational sorties.

Promotions:
April 1st, 1940: Fahnenjunker;
September 1st, 1940: Fähnrich;
February 1st, 1941: Oberfähnrich;
April 1st, 1941: Leutnant;
July 1st, 1943: Oberleutnant;
May 1st, 1944: Hauptmann;
December 1st, 1944: Major.

Career:
1939: Fliegerausbildungsregiment 42;
1940: Flugzeugführerschule A/B 3;
?: Flugzeugführerschule C 3;
?: Blindflugschule 2;
?: Zerstörerschule;
?: Nachtjagdschule 1;
November 1941: 5. Staffel / II. Gruppe / Nachtjagdgeschwader 1;
April 10th, 1942: Stab II. / Nachtjagdgeschwader 1;
August 13th, 1943: Staffelkapitän 12. Staffel / IV. Gruppe / Nachtjagdgeschwader 1;
March 1st, 1944: Kommandeur IV. Gruppe / Nachtjagdgeschwader 1;
November 20th, 1944: Kommandeur Nachtjagdgeschwader 4.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 2nd, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 19th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 26th, 1943
Luftwaffe Ehrenpokale für besondere Leistungen im Luftkrieg
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
II. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
August 16th, 1943
Details:
Award 37/329.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelführer, 12. Staffel, IV. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
December 31st, 1943
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandeur, IV. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1944
Details:
507th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandeur, IV. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 30th, 1944
Details:
84th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 10th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kommandeur, IV. Gruppe, Nachtjagdgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1944
Details:
21st Award.
Ritterkreuz, Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
In gold

Sources

  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer, The Netherlands / Willi Schumacher Collection (Color photo) / Beyerlein sammlung (grave photo)
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Pilotenbunker.de
    - Feldgrau.com