Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer

1922 - 1950

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Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (16 February 1922 – 15 July 1950) was a German Luftwaffe night-fighter pilot and the highest-scoring night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. A flying ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during combat. All Schnaufer's 121 victories were claimed during World War II, 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, Germany's highest military decoration at the time, on 16 October 1944. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer has received more than 210,798 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer is the 812th most popular military personnel (down from 698th in 2019), the 2,119th most popular biography from Germany (down from 626th in 2019) and the 163rd most popular German Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer ranks 812 out of 1,466. Before him are Presian, Duško Popov, Henri Winkelman, Ding Ruchang, Hermann von François, and Pierre Dupont de l'Étang. After him are Lamachus, Hiroshi Ōshima, Otto Wöhler, Walton Walker, Maximilian de Angelis, and Gainas.

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Among people born in 1922, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer ranks 138Before him are Ivry Gitlis, Hussein Onn, Kingsley Amis, Shigeru Mizuki, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, and Eileen Essell. After him are Anker Jørgensen, Sōsuke Uno, Jackie Cooper, Georges Cottier, Yuri Averbakh, and Dilip Kumar. Among people deceased in 1950, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer ranks 63Before him are Kim Kyu-sik, Olaf Stapledon, Nikolai Voznesensky, Henry H. Arnold, William Lyon Mackenzie King, and Traian Vuia. After him are Walton Walker, Abraham Wald, Edwin Sutherland, Walter Huston, Edgar Lee Masters, and Yi Kwang-su.

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Among people born in Germany, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer ranks 2,119 out of 5,289. Before him are Charles II August, Duke of Zweibrücken (1746), Princess Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt (1757), William II, Elector of Hesse (1777), William IV, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (1532), Frederick Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen (1746), and Bernd Rosemeyer (1909). After him are Wilhelm Schmidt (1868), Ambrosius Holbein (1494), Leopold II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau (1700), Mathias Rust (1968), Princess Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst (1679), and Gertrude of Saxony (1030).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer ranks 163Before him are Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben (1730), Hans von Obstfelder (1886), Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel (1809), Reinhard Hardegen (1913), Karl Ernst (1904), and Hermann Ehrhardt (1881). After him are Otto Wöhler (1894), Gerhard Schmidhuber (1894), Oskar von Hutier (1857), Burkhard Christoph von Münnich (1683), Prince Franz of Bavaria (1875), and Karl Friedrich von Steinmetz (1796).