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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 May 2023 8:43 p.m. PST

…Night Fighter Pilot

"Between World War I and II, a number of advancements were made in aviation. Despite this, there were still some conditions that made flying difficult, including taking to the skies at night. Luftwaffe pilot Heinz-Wolfgang Schaufner was devoted to night flying and became one of Germany's numerous flying aces of the war.


Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer was born in Calw on February 16, 1923. He was an excellent student growing up, and eventually enrolled in the National Political Institutes of Education (NAPOLA). These schools were opened by the German government to prepare young men for a life of military, political and administrative leadership.

While at school, Schnaufer began training on gliders, earning his B-license, as it was his aspiration to become a pilot. He graduated in 1939 with distinction, having been at the top of his class every year. Upon leaving school, Schnuafer took and passed his entry exams for officer cadets. He joined the Luftwaffe and before long was undergoing basic military training…"


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