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.
James Arness, tv Gunsmoke, served in the U.S. Army during WW II and was severely wounded in the Battle of Anzio, leading to a lifelong limp.
Günther Specht (13 November 1914 – 1 January 1945) was a Luftwaffe ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during WWII. In 1939 he was wounded and blinded in one eye. In 1944 he was appointed Geschwaderkommodore of JG 11. In 1945 he was listed as missing in action during Operation Bodenplatte. Specht was considered as one of the best fighter leaders during the war, credited with 34 aerial victories, which included 15 Viermots, all achieved over the Western Front.
Luftwaffe ace Gerhard "Gerd" Thyben flew 385 combat missions and claimed 157 aerial victories. He claimed 152 victories on the Eastern Front, including 28 Il-2 Sturmoviks and five victories on the Western Front. He flew 22 fighter-bomber missions on which he claimed two aircraft and seven trucks destroyed on the ground. He survived the war and died in 2006.