Oberleutnant Schnaufer demonstrates marks of air victories on the keel of the Messerschmitt Bf-110G fighter

Oberleutnant Schnaufer, Messerschmitt Bf-110G

Oblt. Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer from the I.NJG12 squadron of the Luftwaffe demonstrates marks of 47 air victories on the keel of his night fighter Messerschmitt Bf-110G No. 720260.
The photo was taken after the night of February 15-16, 1944, when Schneufer shot down three British Avro Lancaster bomber.

Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer ended the war as a major, scoring 121 night victories for 164 sorties, becoming the most effective night fighter pilot.
On July 13, 1950, Schnaufer was involved in a road accident in France near the town of Biarritz and died from his injuries two days later.



Location: St. Trond, Belgium
Date: February 1944

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