Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (16 February 1922 – 15 July 1950) is the highest scoring night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. All of his 121 victories were claimed during World War II at night, mostly against British four-engine bombers, for which he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds on 16 October 1944. He was nicknamed "The Spook of St. Trond", from the location of his unit's base in occupied Belgium.
First World War pilot William Leefe Robinson. On 2 Sep, 1916, Leefe Robinson was the first to destroy a Zeppelin over London, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. In April 1917, he was shot down in France and captured by the Germans and suffered rather brutal treatment. After returning to Britain after the Armistice, he contracted influenza and died on 31 Dec, 1918, only 23 years old.
Werner Schröer (12 February 1918 in Mülheim an der Ruhr – 10 February 1985 in Ottobrunn) was a German World War II fighter ace who served in the Luftwaffe from 1937 until the end of the war. A recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, Schröer was the second most successful claimant of air victories after Hans-Joachim Marseille in the Mediterranean. He was credited with 114 victories (including 26 four-engined bombers), claimed in only 197 combat missions.
■ Last portrait of Leutnant Horst Hannig taken after his 91 aerial victories in spring 1943. On 15 May 1943 he was forced to bail out of his aircraft after a dogfight with RAF Spitfires near Caen and was killed when his parachute failed to open. On 3 January 1944, Horst Hannig was awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross posthumously. He is credited with 98 aerial victories.
Werner Baumbach (27 December 1916 – 20 October 1953) was a bomber pilot in the German Luftwaffe during World War II. In 1942, he started working on new bomber designs where he helped design the composite bomber system Mistel. In 1944 he commanded the newly formed Kampfgeschwader 200 (KG 200) and was in charge of all Luftwaffe special missions. He received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords for the destruction of over 300,000 gross register tons of allied…